New York State is an “Employment-at-Will” state. That means that an Employer may terminate an Employee at any time and for any legal reason or no reason at all. Likewise, an Employee may terminate his or her employment at any time. However, if an Employee has an employment contract (whether actual or inferred) for a definitive period of time or is protected by a collective bargaining agreement, termination will be subject to the terms of such agreements.
Additionally, In New York, an employment or consulting contract for a definite stated term can only be terminated for just cause. Thus, employment contracts that are for a stated term, which also include an “at-will” provision may be unenforceable.
The attorneys at Outside Legal Counsel LLP can help ensure that the terms of your employment contract are in compliance with the law.
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