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Involuntary Terminations: Illinois

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

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

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline, Stacey Smiricky and Lindsey M. Hogan, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Employees with contractual employment arrangements may have different rights than at-will employees. See Contractual Employees.
  • Employers may not terminate employees in a manner that violates public policy or prevent them from cooperating with government or law enforcement officials. See Public Policy Considerations.
  • Certain employers must provide notice when the employer anticipates mass layoffs. See Illinois WARN Act.