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Please discuss on how an employer of a team member responds to its state law (s) relating to employment at will. Include the manner in which they assure that any exceptions to employment at will existing in its state are addressed.

The state is Colorado. http://www.employmentlawyercolorado.com/employment_practice.html.

The company that is being researched is: http://www.cambiumlearning.com/.

I have also attached the handbook.

I need help getting started and ideas about how to approach this question. Please include references. Thank you.

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1. Please discuss on how an employer of a team member responds to its state law (s) relating to employment at will. Include the manner in which they assure that any exceptions to employment at will existing in its state are addressed.

In the majority of states, employees not working under an employment contract are deemed to be "at will." At-will employees may be terminated for any reason, so long as it's not illegal. There are numerous illegal reasons for termination. Typically such reasons fall into one of two large categories: illegal discrimination or illegal termination in violation of a public policy. Generally, employees who work under an employment contract can only be terminated for reasons specified in the contract.

In Colorado, there are two exceptions to the at-will rule based upon the legal principles of "public policy" and "implied contract." First, the public policy exception simply means that an employee cannot be fired for performing a legal duty or exercising a legal right. Second, a binding employment relationship may be found to have been created by an implied or an express contract. The contract theory usually arises in situations in which procedures outlined in personnel handbooks are construed as a ...

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Based on Colorado laws, this solution discusses how an employer of a team member responds to its state law (s) relating to employment at will. It also includes the manner in which they assure that any exceptions to employment at will existing in its state are addressed.

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1. The concept of flexibility in the law is best illustrated by:

a. The use of precedent to decide similar cases in similar ways.

b. The ability to overturn precedent when it is no longer valid or when it is erroneous.

c. The use of appointed judges rather than elected judges.

d. Imposing mandatory penalties for criminal violations.

2. Assume that there is a provision in the Colorado state constitution that is in conflict with a statute that was passed by the U.S. Congress and enacted into law. Which is true?

a. The Colorado constitutional provision will control; the federal statute is invalid.

b. The federal statute will control and make the state constitutional provision invalid.

c. In Colorado, the Colorado constitutional provision will control over the statute passed by Congress, but the federal statute will apply in the other 49 states.

d. Within Colorado, whichever was passed first will control over the other.

3. The concept of standing requires that:

a. Parties appear in person in order to present their cases.

b. A plaintiff has a stake in the outcome of a case.

c. Parties must always be represented by a properly admitted member of the bar.

d. Both parties must always be given a chance to appeal once a judgment has been entered.

4. When an appellate court receives a case appealed to it, it will:

a. Retry the case with a new jury.

b. Review the jury's verdict to see if the appellate court judges would have reached the same result.

c. Retry the case with the appellate court judge acting as the jury.

d. Review the record of the trial court to see if there were any errors of law made by the judge.

5. A business that continues to operate its domestic factories in order to avoid layoffs rather than shift its production overseas at lower cost is most directly applying which theory of the social responsibility of business?

a. Moral minimum.

b. Maximizing profits.

c. Stakeholder interests.

d. Corporate citizenship

6. Which of the following is true regarding contract validity?

a. A void contract is one where a party has the option to avoid her contractual liability.

b. A voidable contract is one in which a party may avoid her obligation under that contract.

c. A voidable contract is one that has no legal effect because one of the essential elements is missing.

d. An executory contract is also unenforceable.

7. Under which of the following circumstances can the mistaken party rescind a contract when there is a unilateral mistake?

a. The mistaken party first held the mistaken belief prior to entering into the contract.

b. The mistaken belief is one that a reasonable person would have made.

c. The nonmistaken party was aware of the mistaken party's belief.

d. The mistake has a material effect on the value of the contract.

8. Patty owned a sole proprietorship. She had four salespersons selling the company's products. One of her salespersons made false statements about a competitor's products while trying to sell Patty's products. The competitor sues Patty's business and wins the lawsuit. Under what circumstances could Patty be personally responsible to pay the judgment?

a. None, because this was a debt of the business.

b. If Patty was separately named in the lawsuit.

c. If Patty knew about the salesperson's activities.

d. Patty is liable here regardless of any other circumstances.

9. Mark recently started a small business, and acquired a domain name for the business. At the same time he remembered hearing about people buying up names related to companies and famous individuals and then selling the names for astronomical sums. Mark wants to buy the domain name, "Sharonstone.com." He figures he will start a fan club for the famous movie star, and then see if he can sell the domain name to her for a profit. Which is true in these circumstances regarding Mark's options?

a. He will be unable to buy the name because it is the name of a person.

b. He will have to give Sharon Stone the first opportunity to buy the name.

c. He could buy the domain name, but could be liable under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act if it is proven that he acted in bad faith in acquiring the name.

d. He could buy the domain name, but could be liable under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act if it can be proven that he acted in bad faith in acquiring the name and only if Sharon Stone can prove that she suffered damages from his Web site.

10. Which of the following is true?

a. All employees are agents, and no independent contractors are agents.

b. All employees are agents, and some independent contractors are agents.

c. Some employees are agents, and some independent contractors are agents.

d. Some employees are agents, and no independent contractors are agents.

11. Which of the following is true if someone believes that he was fired from a job because of his religion?

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c. If the purpose is to solicit employees to change union representation rather than to solicit nonunion workers to join a union.

d. If the purpose of the union is to address issues other than wages.

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of appeals.

c. Judgment in the employer's favor.

d. Right to sue letter.

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Part Two - Short Essay

Please provide a written answer to each question in a separate document.

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1) identify the issue(s) ("This question is about...";
2) define any relevant terms ("Apparent authority is...);
3) an answer or resolution to the question (Under these facts, there is no contract.); and
4) explain how/why you reached your conclusion ("One of the necessary elements of a contract is missing - consideration. There is no consideration because...")

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