Articles Discussing Employment At-Will In New York.
On August 14, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Department issued a decision in Minovici v. Belkin recognizing that the employment relationship under common law is presumed to be a hiring at will terminable at any time by either party. Even though the plaintiff and the employer had entered into a written contract under which the plaintiff was to move to the Netherlands to serve as information systems director, the employment contract did not establish a fixed duration of time of the employment.
Reaffirming the continuing viability of New York State’s at-will employment doctrine, the New York Court of Appeals has rejected a wrongful discharge cause of action brought by a compliance officer who claimed to have been terminated for questioning the personal stock trades of the company’s president. Sullivan v. Harnisch, No. 82 (N.Y. May 8, 2012).