Module 3 background – employment-at-will and progressive discipline

For this Case Assignment we will be focusing on

  • The Employment at Will Doctrine
  • Progressive Discipline

After reviewing the background reading, prepare a paper in which you

  • Summarize the Employment at Will Doctrine and its exceptions (approximately ½ page), and answer the follow questions:
  • Which of the exceptions to the Employment at Will Doctrine are most relevant to current HR practice and why?
  • What is Progressive Discipline? Summarize the steps in Progressive Discipline and Progressive Discipline’s approach to employee discharge.
  • How do the concepts and practices of employment at will and progressive discipline interact?
  • How important are the employment at will doctrine and progressive discipline to realizing employee potential and maximizing organizational outcomes? Explain your answer.

Case Assignment Expectations

Your paper should be 3 to 4 pages (not including cover and reference page). Submit your assignment by the module due date.


Falcone, P. (2017) The Traditonal Progressive Discipline Paradigm. SHRM Retrieved from

Gordon, J. M. (2016). At will employment and state employment law. Retrieved from Standard YouTube License.

HR Specialist. (2016). Supervisors’ guide to progressive discipline. Employment Law. 46(10), 3. Available in the Trident Online Library.

HR Specialist. (2017, May). Patience makes discipline bullet-proof. Minnesota Employment Law, 10(5), 1-2. . Available in the Trident Online Library.

Lessack, S. (2015). 4 Principles for creating a progressive discipline system that works. New York Employment Law, 10 (3), 4. Available in the Trident Online Library.

Linderman, D. (2010, May 10). At-will employment—How does it apply to your business today? HR Exchange Network. Retrieved from Access approved via faculty membership with