At-will employment means that an employee has no guaranteed protection in his or her job, and both the employer and the employee can end the employment relationship for any reason other than unlawful discrimination or retaliation. Most workers in Cherry Hill are at-will employees, unless they have a written employment contract that is for a specific duration or period of time.
The exceptions to at-will employment include when an employee has a specific contractual term for his or her employment as well as individuals such as teachers, for example, who are members of a union and have certain protections in that regard as well.
Most employers have an employee handbook or manual that sets forth their policies and procedures. That handbook will typically indicate whether they want the worker to acknowledge that they have read and understand the policies and procedures, that the handbook does not create an employment contract, and that they are still an at-will employee even though they are signing what appears to be a contract to abide by the employer’s policies and procedures.
A worker should consult with a Cherry Hill attorney if they have any concerns about signing the employer handbook or any agreement that indicates that they are an at-will employee. Typically, though, signing a handbook is something that an employer can require their employees to do, thereby allowing them to confirm adherence to the policies and procedures they have set forth.
All employees, including at-will employees have the right to be in workplaces free from discrimination and retaliation. The state laws that protect against discrimination and retaliation (i.e., the Law Against Discrimination and Conscientious Employee Protection Act) provide those protections apply to any local employee regardless of whether they’re at-will or contractual.
A termination or discharge for cause will depend upon the specific expectations of the employer. In an employee handbook, a worker will typically see the employer’s guidelines for workplace performance and expectations of workplace conduct and behavior. A termination for cause usually means the worker has either intentionally or negligently disregarded the employer’s policies and procedures to such an extent that the employer feels they have no option but to them.
A probationary period is when a newly-hired employee is in an initial “test run” phase. For most employers, this is a 60- or 90-day period where the worker is not guaranteed to hold the position at the end of that timeframe unless they meet certain performance expectations.
The employer still has to abide by anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws during that time. Specifically, if they decide they want to terminate someone during their probationary period, it cannot be for any discriminatory or retaliatory reason. Otherwise, that termination would still be unlawful even though the employee is in their probationary period.
An experienced attorney could evaluate the reason given for an at-will employee’s termination and whether that reason is legitimate or a pretext for some underlying discriminatory or retaliatory action. Our legal team could help determine whether you have a claim for discrimination or retaliation under New Jersey law based on the terms of your at-will employment in Cherry Hill. Call today to learn more.
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My case settled recently after lasting 4 years. Grungo and Colarulo’s law firm were able to secure a large settlement award for my slip and fall accident. This money will help secure my future for the permanent injury I received as a result of the slip and fall. Everyone was very caring, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Christine Lafferty is an excellent litigation lawyer. I highly recommend using them if you have been injured or in an accident. I hope I am never in a situation again to need their services, but I know who to go to if I, or any of my family members are ever injured. Thanks Grungo and Colarulo and staff for your compassionate service!
Thank you so much Grungo and Colarulo for helping me with my case. Special thanks to Erica Domingo, Esquire and her team. Erica Domingo and her team was very nice and helped me tremendously throughout my case like more than one year and half. They gave me the right advice and guided me through every step of my case. They gave me prompt and clear responses to all my questions. In addition, Erica and her team provided me with all the what if scenarios so that I can have a clear vison of the steps ahead.
I would definitely recommend Grungo and Colarulo.
Thanks again Erica Domingo, Esquire and her team
My wife and I reached out to Grungo Colarulo in 2020 for advise on a legal matter. After a meeting with the Attorney and Paralegal, we decided to go forward with a case. This case required a lot of documentation, and expert review of the documentation which was aquired. Throughout the process, we were kept up to date monthly, and Grungo Colarulo was always responsive to any questions that we had. The entire staff at Grungo Colarulo are very professional, caring, and willing to go the extra mile. This firm is a definite recommend!
I left five (5) stars only because that’s as many as I could leave. If I could, I would have left 100 stars. Bob & Christine are the absolute best! My settlement far exceeded what I ever imagined. They are professional, friendly, and really listened to what I had to say. They kept me up to date with the progress of my case every step of the way. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Very professional, communicates well, makes me feel like they have my best interest at heart, and overall just a great company. Christine and the whole team has been on top of everything. Would definitely recommend!! 10/10
First and foremost I would like to thank the whole team at Grungo Colarulo!! In addition to that, Stephanie & Riley & Drenna have done such an outstanding job taking care of me in such a difficult and low point of my life. I was in a bad car accident & did not know how to move forward with what to do and how to process. Those ladies were there every step, every inch, every mile & beyond with helping me when I had no idea how to navigate. I will forever be thankful for them and for the outcome of my case! If you ever need assistance I highly recommend this practice!!! Beyond professional, helpful, precise, caring, knowledgeable & humble!!!
From my first phone call to the end of my case this firm was on the ball!! Always responsive and professional and kept me up to date and informed. This is my firm for any future needs!
This was my first time ever having to have a lawyer for an automobile accident. From the beginning they took care of everything. They put me at ease so I could concentrate on my medical needs. Everyone I spoke to during the process were always extremely pleasant and knowledgeable.
Thank you to Grungo Colarulo for representing me and getting the settlement you did to help me move forward. I would highly recommend Grungo Colarulo to anyone who wants outstanding legal representation.
This team has been nothing but gentle an generous. Being as this was my first time dealing with a worker’s compensation case I was lost and nervous. But the Grungo Colarulo team has made me feel as comfortable as possible. My needs were addressed with care in a timely fashion. I knew what was going on every step of the way.
Oh, did I mention, WE WON …
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A dear family friend referred us to a young attorney named Rich Grungo, Jr. We wanted answers and if necessary, justice for our father. From day one of a five-year journey, Mr. Rich Grungo, Jr. made our family and our pain his own. The man never stopped working for us. He kept us informed every step of the way. Questions were answered quickly and with great compassion and expertise. Even though Rich was always busy, he was never too busy for us. We always felt like we were his only clients
I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Grungo work in this case, both in the courtroom on the technical matters of the motions and also as his presentation to the jury in opening and presenting witnesses as well as utilizing animations… and drawings and films that were necessary for a proper understanding of the case…At all times during the presentation, Mr. Grungo operated mostly without notes and questioned the witnesses in a conversational manner which made it most effective. **
Thank you for everything. I honestly felt like you treated my son like he was your own son, for that I am grateful. I would recommend your services to anyone. Thanks for being so awesome to both of us.
It was a pleasure working with Bill. He constantly kept me informed. I would recommend Bill and his firm to anybody I know. They’ll be in good hands.
I had the opportunity to retain Mr. Colarulo for a vehicle accident I encountered. I give him my highest recommendation for anyone in need of an excellent Personal Injury Attorney. Not only does he have an in depth knowledge of the legal field, but he emanates a sense of trust-worthiness that makes you feel secure during the entire process. Mr. Colarulo has the knowledge, drive and enthusiasm that will get the job done for you. He comes highly recommended.
Hi Rich, Well I’m on my way up to college to finish packing my son’s stuff up and to go to his Graduation tomorrow. It’s hard to believe how fast and how slow, at the same time 5 years can go by. I was just thinking of you as I am getting ready to leave and wanted to thank you once again for everything you have done for my son’s future. You are a good and just man. God Bless to you and your family.
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