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Communtity Law Manual | Starting & leaving a job | Resignation: Quitting your job

Leaving or losing your job

Resignation: Quitting your job

How much notice do I have to give when I quit?

You can end your employment relationship by resigning. You can do this at any time, so long as you give the notice required by your employment agreement, or reasonable notice if the agreement doesn’t state a notice period. What’s reasonable will depend on your particular circumstances, such as how long you’ve been in the job and how senior your position is.

What if my employer forces me to quit?

If your employer puts pressure on you, whether directly or indirectly, to resign, or makes the situation at work so difficult for you that you feel you have to leave, this may amount to what’s called “constructive dismissal”. In that case you may be able to bring a personal grievance for unjustified dismissal (see the chapter “Resolving employment problems”).

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