National Federation of Independent Business. (2015). Understanding Employment at Will | NFIB Legal Ease.

Assignment Overview

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National Federation of Independent Business. (2015). Understanding Employment at Will | NFIB Legal Ease. Retrieved from

Case Study:

Patti recently started working for Empire Hospital in the claims/billing department. Her duties included preparing and submitting Medicare/Medicaid claims for payment. Shortly after being hired Patti noticed there were numerous irregularities which were potentially illegal billings to Medicare. When she raised the issue to her supervisor Eric, she was terminated. Patti inquired as to the reason and was told that according to the staff handbook all employees are hired “At Will”; thus, no reason or notice was needed for her termination.

Case Assignment

In a 3- to 4-page paper respond to the following:

  1. What is “AT WILL” employment?
  2. Are there any exceptions to “AT WILL” employment?
  3. As the director of HR for Golden Hospital what concerns would you have over Patti’s termination?
  4. Who should be notified about her termination? Why?

How would you handle the situation with her supervisor, Eric?

Assignment Expectations

  1. Conduct additional research to gather sufficient information to justify/support your position and answers to the questions.
  2. Limit your response to a maximum of 4 pages.
  3. Include an introduction and conclusion in your paper.
  4. Support your case with peer-reviewed articles, with at least 3-4 references. Use the following link for additional information on how to recognize peer-reviewed journals: http://www.angelo.edu/services/library/handouts/pe….
  5. You may use the following source to assist in your formatting your assignment: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01….

Required Reading

Bruno, T., & Editor, O. (2016). Labor & employment – restrictive covenants – at-will employment – tort/negligence – trade secret misappropriation – conversion – unfair trade practices – contract. North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Retrieved from ProQuest

DeNicco, J. P. (2015). Employment-at-will exceptions and jobless recovery. Journal of Macroeconomics. 45, 245-257. doi:10.1016/j.jmacro.2015.05.003

DiLorenzo, L. P. (2015). The mailbag. HR Specialist: New York Employment Law, 10(1), 8.

Dove, L. R., Findley, H., Edwards, T., & Jones, G. (2016). An overview of recent appellate court decisions on the Family and Medical Leave Act: Guidance for employers. Labor Law Journal, 67(1), 298-316. Retrieved from ProQuest

Smith, A. (2016). Kesha’s lawsuit shows the upside of at-will employment. HRNews, Retrieved from ProQuest

Verkuil, P. R. (2015). Deprofessionalizing state governments: The rise of public at-will employment. Public Administration Review, 75(2), 188-189. doi:10.1111/puar.12334

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