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Separation From Employment: Massachusetts

Separation From Employment requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Rebecca Sipowicz and Brightmine Editorial Team


  • Massachusetts employers who seek to terminate employees for "cause" must meet a specific standard in order to shield themselves from liability for wrongful discharge. See Termination for Cause.
  • Employers should be especially cautious when terminating certain types of workers, including independent contractors. See Terminating Special Classes of Employees.
  • Massachusetts recognizes an exception to at-will employment when an employee is terminated for exercising a legally guaranteed right. See Public Policy Exception.