At Will Employment
All employees of Seton Hall University, except for those exceptions described below, are employed on an “at will” basis. The purpose of this policy is to define the “at will” employment relationship between the University and its at will employees.
This is a University-wide policy and applies to all regular part-time and full-time employees of the University, except faculty, members of a collective bargaining unit and those employees who have executed employment agreements with the University.
1. “At will” employment means that employees covered by this policy may terminate their employment with the University at any time, for any reason. It also means that the University may terminate an at will employee at any time, for any reason, with or without cause and with or without notice, as long as the termination is not restricted by a state or federal law or contrary to a clear expression of public policy. On rare occasions, the University may make an exception to the at will employment relationship and enter into an express employment agreement.
2. The appointment letter that is sent to prospective employees from the Department of Human Resources is not an employment agreement nor does it change the at will relationship between the employee and the University unless the letter specifically states that it is an employment agreement.
3. The policies, procedures and Employee Handbook of the University do not alter the at will employment relationship and do not create an employment agreement.
4. Any employment agreement, as an exception to the at will employment relationship, must be authorized by the Board of Regents, signed by the Associate Vice President for Human Resources and specifically state that it is an employment agreement.
5. While this policy permits the University to terminate an at will employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, managers or supervisors may not exercise an at will termination without prior approval of the Associate Vice President of Human Resources or his/her designee.
The University reserves the right to amend this policy at any time.
This policy was approved by Monsignor Robert Sheeran, President, and the Executive Cabinet on October 29, 2009.
October 29, 2009