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Human Resources

Involuntary Termination

Because employment at Bentley University is at-will, both the employee and the University have the right to terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice. However, involuntary termination of employment is a serious matter and Bentley does not involuntarily terminate employees without careful review of the situation leading to termination.  Generally, the employee’s manager, divisional vice president, Human Resources, and General Counsel will be consulted and involved before a decision to involuntarily terminate an employee is made.  We strive to ensure that each employee is treated with fairness and respect if involuntary termination is pursued.

The employee will receive his/her final paycheck including regular base pay through the last day worked and any unused accrued vacation on his/her last day. 

When an employee involuntarily terminates from Bentley, he/she may be eligible for unemployment compensation for a period of time.  Unemployment compensation provides temporary income for workers who have lost their job.  The University will provide terminated employees with information from the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) regarding how to file for unemployment insurance benefits.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and not Bentley, makes all determinations regarding an individual’s eligibility for unemployment benefits.


Date last revised:  April 15, 2015