The Research Foundation must retain the ability to discipline employees where it determines that such action is warranted by the circumstances. Although all employment relationships are terminable at-will, at any time, at the Foundation's sole discretion, the employer may exercise its discretion to utilize forms of discipline that are less severe than termination in certain cases. Examples of less severe forms of discipline include verbal or written counseling, demotion or suspension. However, progressive discipline is not mandatory or binding. The Foundation reserves the right, at its discretion, to deviate from any formal system of discipline. The progressive discipline system is intended to give employees advance notice, whenever possible, of problems with their conduct or performance in order to provide them an opportunity to correct them.