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Signing forms for furlough

I was walked into an office and handed a memo telling me that I was going on leave by both HR and my supervisor. I was then walked out of my place of employment under escort at the same time that they cut my access to phone and e-mail. Today, I received a form requesting leave, and requested to sign by HR and mail it back to the company. I’m concerned that my employer is trying to get me to relinquish rights or give them permission by signing the form. On the other hand, it may be that if I don’t sign the form, that I will be dismissed from my employer.

Asked on July 20, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Kansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you don't have a written employment contract protecting or guarantying your job, you are an employee at will. An employee at will has essentially no rights in or to his or her job and may be terminated at will, for any reason whatsoever. So if you don't sign the form, they can terminate you. If you do sign, you will be bound to the terms of whatever you signed. While they can't make you sign, as stated, they could terminate you if they choose. You need to decide, based on what the form(s) say(s), whether it is in more in your interest to sign the forms or refuse and risk termination.


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