At Will Employment

At-Will Employment

The Foundation is committed to a standard of excellence in the products and services it provides and in the quality of work expected of its employees.  Recognizing that performance results and relationships are not always mutually satisfactory, and to protect the rights of both the Foundation and the employee, it is important that both retain the ability to determine their relationships with one another.  Consequently, employees and the Foundation share the right to sever the employment relationship at-will.  As a condition of employment, employees must understand and agree that they are employed at will.  This means that either the employer or the employee may terminate the employment relationship between them at any time, with or without notice, and with or without cause.  Employees must recognize that the employer retains the right to establish compensation, benefits and working conditions for all of its employees.  Accordingly, employees must understand and agree that the employer retains the sole discretion to modify an employee's compensation and benefits, position, duties and other terms and conditions of employment, including the right to impose discipline of whatever type and for whatever reasons the employer, at its sole discretion, determines to be appropriate.

Nothing in this handbook or in any document or statement shall limit the right to terminate employment at-will.  No supervisor or employee has any authority to enter into any agreement for employment for any specified period of time or to alter the at-will nature of the employment relationship.  Only the Foundation Executive Director has the authority to make any such agreement and then only in writing. 

This handbook contains the entire agreement between the employee and the Foundation as to the duration of employment and the circumstances under which employment may be terminated.  Even when an employee is hired for a specific duration (e.g., the length of a project), this is understood to be a maximum or outside limit, and employment may be terminated at any time prior to the end of the specified duration.  Nothing in this handbook, or in any other personnel document, including benefit plan descriptions, is intended to create a promise or representation of continued employment.