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Rutherford, New Jersey Employment Lawyers What is Employment At-Will?

Employment at-will is the general default rule or presumption that your employment relationship can end for virtually any reason and at any time. In other words, your company can fire you or you can quit for any reason or for no reason at all. For example, there is no legal requirement that your company has to have “just cause” or a good reason to fire you. Likewise, you do not need to have a good reason to quit your job, and the law does not require you to give two weeks’ notice or any other particular amount of notice of your resignation (even though doing so often is a good idea). Employment at-will is the starting point for most employees in both New York and New Jersey. Fortunately, it is not the ending point.

What Are Some of the Key Exceptions to Employment At-Will?

There are many exceptions to employment at-will. Statutes that make it illegal to fire an employee for one reason or another are often called wrongful termination or wrongful discharge laws. For example, anti-discrimination laws make it illegal to fire employees based on certain legally protected categories such as gender, race, age, pregnancy or disability.

Likewise, many laws have anti-retaliation provisions that prohibit employers from firing employees who object, complain, or otherwise assert their rights under them. In fact, New Jersey has a very broad whistleblower law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act ("CEPA").

Yet another exception to employment at-will are individual employment contracts that guarantee a particular period of employment, such as a one-year employment contract.

Enforcing Employee Rights

Rabner Baumgart Ben-Asher & Nirenberg, P.C. is dedicated to enforcing employee rights. Whether or not you are an employee-at will, we will evaluate your situation to determine whether you have a legal claim and help you figure out the best way to protect you against a wrongful termination. If you would like to discuss your case with a New York or New Jersey employment lawyer, please contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. Our telephone number is (973) 744-4000.

About Rutherford

The Borough of Rutherford is located in southern Bergen County, New Jersey. It officially was incorporated on September 21, 1881. It is named after John Rutherfurd, a late 18th century politician who owned much of the land that currently comprises the Borough. As of the 2010 census, its population was slightly over 18,000.

Rutherford is the birthplace of former New York Giant turned talk show co-host Michael Strahan, political speechwriter and author Peggy Noonan and Fairleigh Dickinson, a co-founder of the medical technology company Beckton Dickinson. It also is home to the Meadowlands Museum.

Directions to Our Office from Rutherford

It is easy to get to our office from Rutherford. Take Route 3 West for approximately 2.8 miles and exit onto Bloomfield Ave exit toward Bloomfield/Passaic. Turn left onto Bloomfield Avenue, which will become Darling Avenue. Turn right onto West Passaic Avenue and proceed for almost a mile. Then turn right onto Broad Street. In less than half a mile you will turn left onto Bellevue Avenue and continue for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Upper Montclair Plaza and our office will be on your right.

We welcome you to call us at (973) 744-4000 to schedule an appointment to discuss your employment law case.

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"I worked with Jonathan Nirenberg, ESQ on a sensitive emotional employment matter. Mr. Nirenberg was quick to respond, offered excellent advice, and always followed up with phone calls or emails when needed. My situation was settled out of court within a short period of time with the best possible results for not just me but also for the employer. Highly recommend and would seek his help again if needed..." Linda Busch, PhD
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"We've had the pleasure of working with Jonathan on multiple individual and class employment cases. Jonathan is a skilled, dedicated and caring attorney that works diligently to bring justice for his clients. We would recommend Jonathan as a legal resource for any employment cases." Stephan Zouras, LLP
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"I felt alone and without a voice, until I hired Jonathan I. Nirenberg of Rabner Baumgart Ben-Asher & Nirenberg, P.C. Mr. Nirenberg represented me in an employment matter. Without his help, I know that I would not have had the extremely successful outcome I had. Jonathan was not only professional, but very empathetic to what happened to me. Jonathan gave me support, and options in relation to a challenging employer/employment situation which was an extremely difficult time in my life..." Shelly Smith