Title

The Future of Employment-at-Will: An Exploratory Look at How the Doctrine Can Change the American Workplace

Author

Laurie Hayes

Date of Award

8-9-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Human Resource Administration

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Strategic HR Management

Advisor

Sam Conn

Keywords

Employment-at-Will

Abstract

In this capstone project, the author focused on how the Employment-at-Will Doctrine has evolved from its original intent and takes a look at the future path the Doctrine may follow. The Employment-at-Will Doctrine has evolved as a result of many exceptions granted by the court system over the past several years. The author presents a discussion of how these exceptions have affected the American workplace. Future exceptions that may impact the workplace were examined. Recent literature searches on the subject were reviewed along with examination of court cases that affected the Employment-at-Will Doctrine. Interviews with legal and Human Resources experts were conducted and reviewed following a qualitative research approach, and opinions and conclusions regarding the future direction of the Doctrine were determined. Also, ideas for future change that can affect the American workplace were discussed.

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