California employees and others in many parts of the country have no doubt heard the phrase "at-will employment." What is it, though, and how does it affect employees who fall into this category?
At-will employment means that either an employee or an employer can terminate employment at any time -- for nearly any reason. While this technically may be the definition, there are some exceptions to this that have been created by public policy, statutes or the courts. Examples of a few of those exceptions include: