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Fifty Jurisdictions In Search Of A Standard: The Covenant Of Good Faith And Fair Dealing In The Employment Context, Monique C. Lillard Nov 1992

Fifty Jurisdictions In Search Of A Standard: The Covenant Of Good Faith And Fair Dealing In The Employment Context, Monique C. Lillard

Missouri Law Review

This Article examines what good faith and fair dealing mean in the workplace, particularly where the relationship between employer and employee is otherwise presumed to be "at will." The conclusion is that except in sporadic situations, the concept of good faith and fair dealing is too vague to be helpful to either party or even to the court. The good faith and fair dealing construct, as currently understood, should be abandoned in the employment context, as should the at will presumption. They should be replaced by legislative prohibition of termination absent good cause. The Model Employment Termination Act' is an …


The Model Employment Termination Act: Fairness For Employees And Employers Alike, Theodore J. St. Antoine Jan 1992

The Model Employment Termination Act: Fairness For Employees And Employers Alike, Theodore J. St. Antoine

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The Model Employment Termination Act (META), which state legislatures are expected to consider in the near future aims to prevent the unfair firing of Amer~ ican workers. At the same time, the Act aims to prevent devastating financial blows to American business. For both employees and employers, META offers streamlined dispute resolution procedures that would be simpler, less costly, and less time-consuming than the civil courts. The essence of the proposal is compromise-not as a matter of political expediency but as a practical, balanced accommodation of the competing worthwhile interests of employers and employees. Workers are entitled to be free …