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No, you cannot require at-will employees to stay

Employment at-will means employers and employees alike are free to end the employment relationship at any time for any reason, or even no reason at all. One employer recently got lost on that two-way street.

Resignation nation: Who’s looking to jump ship in 2022?

If your company doesn’t have a structured retention strategy for this year, it’s time to get one. America’s quitting culture doesn’t show signs of slowing down in 2022.

38% willing to quit without another job lined up

As employers continue to grapple with retention, a new Korn Ferry survey shows that employees are not waiting for a safety net before they say “I quit!”

Snapshot: Who’s quitting to gain the flexibility to work anywhere?

Baby boomers are quitting for the option to work from anywhere at nearly twice the rate of their younger colleagues.

Snapshot: Who’s looking to jump ship?

41% of workers say they plan to look for a new job in the first six months of 2022.

Cost of an age-biased layoff plan: $2.25 million

If you are planning to terminate many employees in a reduction in force, be sure to assess the possible adverse impact the RIF might have on older workers—anyone age 40 or older.

Beware firing during employee’s FMLA leave

Generally, employers are free to punish or terminate workers even while on job-protected leave like FMLA if they discover during that time away that the employee wasn’t doing his job. But there’s a caveat. You must be able to show the court that you would have done the same thing if the employee hadn’t taken leave

Why is America ‘the land of quitters’?

Resignations continue to run at record levels this winter. But the motives for all these departures aren’t new.

Griping about low pay isn’t always protected activity

Countless federal laws make it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for engaging in protected activities such as reporting alleged discrimination or unfair labor practices. However, not all employee complaints earn protection against retaliation.

How not to lay off employees

If you ever have to lay off hundreds of employees, don’t do it the way the CEO of Better.com did on Dec. 1.