'Fire At-Will: WrongfulTermination In Pennsylvania'

Tuesday, June 1, 2004 - 01:00

Is an employer in Pennsylvania really permitted to fire an employee at any time for any reason, good or bad, or even for no reasons at all? The employment-at-will doctrine, in its most basic form, provides that an employer may terminate an employee at its will, and the employee may terminate his or her employment at its will with no legal remedy for the non-terminating party. But it's not that simple.

The reasons why it isn't that simple will be examined this month in a Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) seminar titled Fire At-Will: Wrongful Termination in Pennsylvania.

The program is scheduled in three locations, on Thursday, June 17 at the PBI Conference Center, 5080 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA; on Wednesday, June 23 at the Conference Center at Mellon, 501 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, and on Tuesday, June 29 at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street, Philadelphia.

In this new course, participants will be taken through the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees so that they can help clients navigate through the confusing laws governing the employment-at-will doctrine.

Some of the specific discussion topics will include at-will basics, statutory exceptions, contract exceptions, public policy exceptions, whistleblowing, and practical tips when considering a wrongful discharge claim.

The presenter is Michael J. Torchia, who heads the Employment Law and Commercial Litigation Department at Semanoff, Ormsby, Greenberg & Torchia, LLC.

Each session will run from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. Registration and lunch begin at noon.

See the Bulletin Board in this issue for details on registration fees and CLE credits.

For reservations, call (202) 247-4724.