Giving Notice to Resign from a Job

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gallapunk | 00:48 Thu 22nd May 2008 | Body & Soul
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Not sure where this should go, so I've duplicated it in Jobs & Education, but I'm really desperate for a reply before start of office hours tomorrow morning, so here goes:

I've been employed for over 10 years by the same employer. I've managed to secure a new house today in another part of the country and wanted to hand my notice in, but neither of the partners were in the office. I'm told I have to give a month's notice, but does it have to be in person if they're not there? If they're not there again tomorrow it will then be a Bank Holiday and I can't do anything until Tuesday next week, so would it be OK to give my notice to the office manager or do I have to wait for one of the partners to be present?

I don't have a written contract but am under the impression that as I've worked there for that length of time, I have to give a month's notice, so I would be very grateful for any advice, thank you.


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You do what you can to get it to the place where they normally would be working, it's not your fault that they're not there. Since you know they're not there, back it up by email. That's it. You've done your part.
Even if you're a day out, what can they do? Make you work an extra day? Everywhere I've worked kicks out someone the moment they hand in notice anyway, too big a risk of confidential data being compromised, etc.
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Thanks Marg0, I will take my letter in and send emails as well.

I don't think they'll kick me out as I'm not going anywhere that I'll be in competition with them; I'm just moving house to another part of the country; therefore I wouldn't be able to get into the office to do their work.

I know what you mean about that though: when I was young, one of the sales reps where I worked handed his notice in and they made him work the entire month's notice in the board room with no access to telephones, etc. This was obvioulsy a lot of years ago, before mobiles and stuff, but it must have been horrible for him, poor guy.
One months notice is not enough if you have been there over ten years

Both you and your employee are normally entitled to a minimum period of notice of termination of employment. After one month's employment, employees must give you at least one week's notice; this minimum is unaffected by longer service. You must give employees:

* at least one week's notice after one month's employment
* two weeks after two years
* three weeks after three years and so on up to 12 weeks after 12 years or more

yeah but he's leavin, huh? 1 month, he can walk. Even if he walks now, they have to prove damages if they want to claim breach.
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Thanks everyone.
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