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Separation From Employment: North Carolina

Separation From Employment requirements for other states

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

Authors: Anne Flowers Carmack and Douglas Britt, K&L Gates LLP


  • When the parties to an employment relationship have agreed to a specific contractual term, the employer may need to show good cause in order to terminate the agreement before its specified conclusion. See Termination for Cause.
  • North Carolina law prohibits employers from disciplining or terminating employees for their off-duty and lawful use of products. See Off-Duty Lawful Use of Products.
  • The North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA) provides employees with protection from termination in retaliation for engaging in certain protected activities. See Retaliation.