End At-will Employment

Last updated: Jun 15, 2021

Details about this bill
Category: Wage and Labor
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Michael Sylvester, House 39
Session: 130
Bill #: LD 553



UPDATE: The Committee passed the bill along party lines. 

UPDATE 5-28-21: The Committee reconsidered the bill and produced two amendments. One by Rep. Sylvester clarifies the seasonal exemption. The other amendment by Senator Hickman would study the issue to report back next year. Both amendments are still viable. The bill now moves to the House.

UPDATE 6/11/21: The House shot down the original bill 99-35. However, they did vote in favor of "studying" the issue further and it passed the House 71-63.

UPDATE 6/14/21: The Senate voted the bill Ought Not to Pass with a voice vote. No roll call. The bill is now in Non-Concurrence. If the House insists on their report, it will come back to the Senate for one more vote. If they vote to Recede and Concur, the bill will be dead.

UPDATE 6/15/21: The House voted to insist so the bill went back to the Senate. Thankfully, the Senate moved to Insist and the bill is dead.


Representative Sylvester of Portland would prohibit an employer from terminating the employment of an employee without cause. The bill specifies that an employer may terminate an employee for cause only after applying a 3-step progressive discipline policy and providing notice of termination in accordance with certain requirements.