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Johnston v. William E. Wood & Associates, Inc., No. 151160 (June 2, 2016)

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Amorphous No More – Virginia Defines "Reasonable Notice" of Termination as "Effectual Notice" in the At-Will Employment Context

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • June 13, 2016
The Supreme Court of Virginia, in Johnston v. William E. Wood & Associates, Inc., No. 151160 (June 2, 2016), recently answered the question of what constitutes "reasonable notice" for terminating an at-will employee. The question has been an open one for over 100 years in Virginia. The court’s answer: Reasonable notice is "effectual notice," and can be immediate, such as when an employer tells an employee that her employment is terminated “effective immediately.” In rendering this decision, the court reinforced the Commonwealth's strong adherence to the traditional employment-at-will doctrine, and further buttressed its reputation as "employer-friendly.”