Your Rights as an Employee
“At Will” Employment
The majority of private-sector workers in Arizona are employees “at-will.” Employment on an “at-will” basis means the employment is not covered by a written contract or bargaining agreement, and the employment relationship may be ended (i) for any reason not prohibited by law or for no reason, (ii) at any time, (iii) by either the employee or the employer, and (iv) with or without cause.
Most non-union employees are not covered by a written employment contract. If you do have a contract, it should describe the length of your employment, your job duties, and the circumstances under which your employment can be terminated. To be considered a binding written contract, the contract must fall into one of the following categories:
- A written agreement signed by the employer and the employee.
- An agreement in an employee handbook or manual expressly stating that it is intended to be an employment contract.
- A written document that the employer signs indicating that you will be employed for a specified certain period of time.
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