What constitutes “cause” for termination in implied employment contracts?

The Vermont Supreme Court has provided some much needed clarity on what an employer is required to show to support the termination of an employee with whom it has an implied employment contract.  Implied employment contracts are typically created where an employer provides progressive discipline to its employees (even though the employer may have robust disclaimers in its handbook and policies stating that its employees are at-will).  The Court held that simply modifying an employee’s at-will status does not, on its own, automatically import the “just cause” standard into the employment contract... Read more.