Managing US workforces: introduction to at-will employment

Managing US workforces: introduction to at-will employment *NEW*

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Price: £160 + VAT
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International start times: 09:00 EST/ 14:00 GMT/ 15:00 CET

In the USA most employees are presumed to be ‘at-will.’ This means that either the employee or the employer can end the employment relationship at any time, for any lawful reason, with or without cause or notice.

 It is no coincidence that more than half of all employers have been sued over employment practices at some point in the past. Indeed more than 2000 employment-related claims are filed each workday and the average cost of employment related litigation can exceed $1,000,000.

Delivered by top US employment law specialists Littler Mendelson this interactive virtual session will provide HR professionals and senior managers with a highly practical introduction to the main principles and tenets of ‘at-will employment’. 

Whether you have an existing US workforce or considering establishing a presence in this country it is vital that you have a solid understanding of this fundamental feature of the US employment relationship.

Maximising value

To ensure you get maximum value from our interactive webinars, you will participate in the following ways:

  • Raise questions with the speaker beforehand using a‘pre-course questionnaire’
  • Follow the session using a live video-stream
  • Ask questions in real time during the session
  • Create a networking group by connecting with the speaker and fellow participants after the session

Highlights include:

  • Understand the concept of the at will employment relationship
  • Gain insights into typical pitfalls of at will employment contracts
  • Understand the implications of at will employment for your organisational policies
  • The implications of at will employment on termination
  • Introduction to, and definition of, the concept of at-will employment
  • Considerations when terminating at-will employees: exceptions to the presumption of at-will employment
    • Express contracts
    • Implied contracts
    • Federal and state statutory legislation
    • Public policy
    • Good faith covenants
  • ‘Tag-along’ torts and wrongful termination claims
    • Defamation
    • Promissory estoppels
    • Misrepresentation/fraud
    • Infliction of emotional distress
  • Preserving ‘at-will’ employment relationships: top-tips
    • Careful development and utilisation of organisation policies
    • Avoidance of ‘side agreements’
    • Avoidance of promises that can be construed as contractual obligations
Adam Forman Adam Forman

Adam Forman

I advise and represent employers in the USA in a broad range of employment law matters, including discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge litigation; non-competition and trade secret litigation; the drafting of employment related documents such as employment agreements and personnel policies; and litigation avoidance training.

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson in 2005, I served as the Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. I have been recognised as one of the leading employment attorneys in Massachusetts by Chambers USA, the Guide to the World's Leading Labor and Employment Lawyers and Boston Magazine. I am regularly invited to speak on matters relating to employment law and have written for a variety of publications, including CCM: The American Lawyer's Corporate Counsel Magazine, the National Law Journal and the Venture Capital Review.

I am a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association. I am admitted to practice before the State and Federal courts in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

This interactive session is designed for HR directors and managers, employment law advisers, employee relations professionals and line managers who have, or expect to have, responsibility for staff in the USA

Special offers

Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

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Our webinars are designed to be as accessible as possible for all participants.


To join the webinar you will need to have Java installed on your computer. You can download and install Java quickly and easily here.

We use Webex to deliver our webinars. It is entirely web based - all you will need is an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. There is no requirement to download any files to use the Webex system.


You can only listen to the webinar over the internet through the Webex system, for which you will need headphones or speakers. A conference call dial in option is not available.

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