“At will employment” and “mirror image rule”
? Explain the two concepts: “At will employment” and “mirror image rule”
? Discuss how they would affect you as a business executive in the United States; and
? Discuss whether they are good policy or bad policy, in your personal opinion.
This paper does not require research and professional thinking, use plain words to explain is preferred.
? Mirror image rule
In the law of contracts, the mirror image rule, also referred to as an unequivocal and absolute acceptance requirement states that an offer must be accepted exactly with no modifications. The offeror is the master of one’s own offer.
? At-will employment
At-will employment is a term used in U.S. labor law for contractual relationships in which an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any reason (that is, without having to establish “just cause” for termination), and without warning.
the employer’s right to fire at will has been limited, as courts have recognized exceptions to the at-will doctrine. Here are three major exceptions:
Exception 1: Discrimination. Under federal law it’s illegal to terminate workers because of their age, race, religion, sex, national origin or a disability that does not influence their job performance. Some states add other limitations—for example, in many states, you can’t fire someone over sexual preference.
Exception 2: Public policy. You cannot legally terminate an employee for reasons that violate public policy. That means you can’t fire one of your engineers for informing the EPA that your company has been dumping toxic waste in the river. By the same token, if a court orders you to garnish the wages of a worker who’ behind on child support, you can’t fire him merely to save yourself the hassle of additional paperwork.
Exception 3: “Just cause” promise. If you tell your workers that they will be fired for cause only—or otherwise establish guidelines that spell out how and when terminations will be handled—you may be creating an implied employment contract.