Can employers terminate employees at will but require them to give a 60 day notice before resigning?

And also charge employees 60 days of full benefits if the 60 day notice is not given to them. I am a teacher and this is what the new contract has written into it for the next school year. So if I want to keep my job, then I am being forced to sign it at those terms.

Asked on June 3, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If there is a written contract stating the employee may be terminated at will, but must him/herself provide 60 days notice if terminating employment (and therefore would be liable for 60 days of benefits), that would be legal: there is no law saying that contracts must be fair or reciprocal, and an employer can present a very one-sided contract and require employees to sign it or else not be hired or retained. It is unfair, but legal.

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