At will employment in most U.S. states - does not bode
well for job security. Don't expect your employer to be loyal to
All states except the following
are "At Will:"
- New York
- Rhode Island
What Can You Do About It?
It is unlikely that you can change the law. "At will"
instead gives you a very good reason to keep your resume up to date
and your interview skills sharp. Never stop looking for opportunities
both within your company as well as elsewhere. If you don't have
a degree (even if you do), use "At Will" as a prime motivator
to continue your education.
Expose your brain to new challenges and emerging technology to improve
your skills. Be an active and positive contributor in your organization.
Ask to be on committees. Make yourself more valuable (and by the
way, by doing so, your actions will make you more marketable).
From Wikipedia - Definition of "At Will"
At-will employment is a doctrine of American law that defines an
employment relationship in which either party can break the relationship
with no liability, provided there was no express contract for a
definite term governing the employment relationship and that the
employer does not belong to a collective bargaining group (i.e.,
has not recognized a union). Under this legal doctrine:
“any hiring is presumed to be "at will"; that is,
the employer is free to discharge individuals "for good cause,
or bad cause, or no cause at all," and the employee is equally
free to quit, strike, or otherwise cease work."
"At Will" information