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If I purchased a business and wanted to terminate the current employees, change the job description, would I have to hire any of the current employees?

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Kathlyn - Unless the employees have something in writing giving them job security rights, which would be unusual, you have no obligation to keep on any employees you do not want.  However, you would be responsible for the increase in your unemployment obligation.

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Margaret M. deMarteleire

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I can answer most questions about employment law, federal or state. I am an attorney, not an HR professional, so questions about HR careers, coursework, prospects, etc. are not within my scope.

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Attorney for 20 years, currently working exclusively with employment law - FLSA, FMLA, federal contracts, pay, etc.

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Temple University School of Liberal Arts, BA, Rhetoric & Communication, 1982 Temple University School of Law, JD, 1990 Certificate in HR, Cornell University ILR School, 2006

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