Georgia is an "at will" employment state, which means an employer is legally permitted to fire an employee at any time for many reasons, or for no reason at all. Likewise, an employee is free to leave a job at any time for any or no reason. There are very few exceptions to the “at-will” rule. One exception to the “at-will” nature of employment relationships in Georgia is when a contract for employment exists. Contracts for employment normally include many terms and conditions which an employee must follow or face termination. These terms and conditions may seem straightforward on paper, but could have several interpretations.
We regularly review and advise on employment contracts for our clients and prepare thorough and reasonable contracts for our employer clients. Our driving philosophy is to help the employee and employer develop a positive and lasting employment relationship where the parties will be able to work together long-term if they so choose.