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Resignation

Overview

Key points

  • If provoked to resign by the employer's actions, an employee may have been constructively dismissed.
  • The employee is bound by his or her contract of employment to work a period of notice, unless the employer agrees to waive the notice requirement.
  • The employer should always accept an employee's resignation in writing, specifying the last day the employee will be expected to work and the day on which the employment will terminate (if different).
  • Provided the contract of employment allows, an employer may pay the employee in lieu of notice in order to facilitate his or her early departure from the organisation.
  • Employers may, provided contracts of employment allow for it, place employees on "garden leave" for the duration of the notice period.
  • It is good practice for employers to carry out exit interviews to establish the employee's reason for leaving and to use this as an opportunity to address any workplace issues.