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Colorado State Laws: Employment at Will

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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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