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Job Security Secret: If you hear "At Will," think "Unless Otherwise Agreed" ("U.O.A.") | Sklover Working Wisdom
Job Security Secret: If you hear "At Will," think "Unless Otherwise Agreed" ("U.O.A.") Whenever an employee talks about having no Job Security, they almost always mention that they are only an "at will" employee." The discussion should not end there. Most people know that "at will" employment means that either the employer or the employee may end their work relation at any time. It is a kind of harsh freedom for each party to end the work relation. But each side can also, when it wishes, seek to place a limit on the harshness of the other's freedom by "agreeing otherwise." Here's the best example: most employers want employees to "agree otherwise" by giving two or four weeks notice before they depart, so the employer might make necessary transition arrangements. This is an agreement to limit "at will" by "agreeing otherwise." Well, you can also seek to limit the harshness of being told you are no longer needed by asking your employer – when you may have the leverage – to "agree