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Employment At-Will: New Jersey

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: John Sarno, Employer's Association of New Jersey

Summary

  • Employment relationships in New Jersey are presumed to be at-will. See The At-Will Relationship.
  • New Jersey recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including written and verbal contracts and public policy exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
  • At-will employees in New Jersey challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under tort theories, including intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation, so long as the employee is able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.