The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that no advance notice is needed for an employer to fire an at-will employee thereby reaffirming Virginia’s adherence to the traditional at-will employment doctrine. Employers in the Old Dominion state have been guided by a court decision from 1906 (Stonega Coal & Coke Co. v. Louisville & Nashville R.R. Co.) that employment agreements absent a specific duration could be terminated by either party upon the giving of “reasonable notice”. The challenge however, was that “reasonable notice” was never defined by the court – until June 2. In the case of Johnston v William E. Wood & Associates, Inc., a 17-year at-will employee was terminated without any advance notice and promptly brought suit alleging wrongful discharge and breach of an implied term of employment requiring “reasonable notice”. The court ruled that “reasonable notice” in the at-will relationship is effectual and that when the employee is notified they’re terminated, they’ve had reasonable notice of same. The ruling has no impact on the many federal employment statutes that may govern terms and reasons for dismissal of an employee.