Normally a contract which does not express a time for performance is treated as enforceable. The courts interpret it to require that performance be completed within a reasonable time, basing their conclusion on a presumption of the intention of the parties. However, in the area of employment contracts, an exception to the reasonable time rule has developed. An indefinite contract for services is generally held to be terminable at will. The questions that come to mind are two: What is" the basis for the unique treatment of employment contracts? What are the manifestations of intent that will defeat application of the terminable-at-will rule by making the contract definite?
Paul E. Anderson S.Ed.,
CONTRACTS-DURATION OF INDEFINITE EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS THAT SPECIFY PERIOD OF PAY,
Mich. L. Rev.
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