The SYCK Career Podcast

Ep 57: Maximizing Your Career Security: Navigating Employment Contracts, PIPs & Employee Rights with Attorney Jon Hyman


In the United States, the vast majority of employees are considered employed-at-will, which means that their employer can terminate their employment at any time and for any reason. However, this often leads to questions about the proper way for companies to terminate employees, as well as how employees can protect themselves from the negative consequences of being laid off or wrongfully terminated. In this podcast episode, 

In this episode of the SYCK Career Podcast, I reconnect with an old college friend, Jon Hyman, an employment attorney. We explore employment issues in greater detail and provide insights into how both employees and employers can navigate this complex area of employment law. Jon also shares valuable insights on employment contracts, performance improvement plans (PIPs), and more. 

Don't miss this enlightening conversation filled with practical tips and expert advice to help you navigate the complexities of employment contracts and other challenging work situations. Tune in now!

In This Episode:

  • [8:30] The concept of "employment at will" and what it means for both employees and employers
  • [12:16] Retaliation and protection for employees who raise concerns at work
  • [19:02] The ins and outs of performance improvement plans (PIPs) and their implications for employees
  • [24:39] The importance of considering your options and being open to new opportunities.
  • [28:53] How employers terminate employees on sick leave
  • [35:16] Do employees need to send a two-week notice before they can leave their jobs?
  • [38:38] When and why you should contact an employment lawyer
  • [39:58] Jon's final piece of SYCK career advice for ambitious professionals


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Jon Hyman is a shareholder at Wickens Herzer Panza (, a boutique law firm for small businesses and business owners in Avon, Ohio. He is the chair of its Employment & Labor Practice Group and co-chair/founder of its Craft Beer Practice Group.

Jon focuses his practice on management-side labor and employment law, providing businesses with proactive solutions to solve their workforce problems and litigation solutions when they find themselves in court against an employee or group of employees.

Jon also represents executives both in negotiating their way into companies and their way out of companies. Jon also assists brewers, brew pubs and restaurants, and businesses that serve the craft beer industry in navigating their specialized business, legal, and regulatory issues. Finally, Jon appeared on a November 1999 episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire but sadly lacked the fastest fingers.

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