Is at-will considered not under contract?

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  1. live

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    I am an at-will employee at a charter school. I'm applying for new positions, and every application asks "Are you currently under contract?" I do have a contract, but I can leave at any time and the school can fire me at any time.

    So am I considered "under contract?" I'm not sure if I should say yes or no, because I can get out at any time.
     
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    you could say yes and explain the circumstances?
     
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    Answer that you are an 'at will' employee.
     
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    If there is an available start date line, I would put today, and put yes.

    If not, I'd probably say no. They just want to make sure you can start on time.
     
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    Ah, thanks! It allows me to check yes or no, so I will check yes. The next line read reads, "until when?", so I will write "at-will" there.
     
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    At-will is not a contract. Most charter schools function as at-will institutions. All of us at my school, from first-year teachers to the superintendent, may leave or may be released at any time. That being said, my school has been wonderful about making me want to stay. If your school doesn't do that for you, you are free to leave.
     
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    I am under an employment contract though, which outlines my obligations for as long as I am employed with my school. That's the confusion: technically I do have a contract, it just can be terminated at any time.

    I absolutely love my school. My job search is very light, because I'm in no real rush to get out. Unfortunately, due to pay and location, this just isn't somewhere I see myself being able to stay long-term.
     
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    I work for a charter. I marked yes, because I did sign a contract like you did. I think that putting "at will" for "until when?" would be the perfect solution in this situation.
     
  10. tonysam

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    You're at-will since you aren't represented by a union.

    I had one of those "contracts" when I was at a private school.

    You simply answer "yes" and say you're working for a charter school.

    "At-will," as you mention, means an employer can let you go for any reason (unless, of course, you are in a protected class and can prove discriminatory treatment), and you can leave for any reason. Every job that is non-union is that way.
     

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