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Can I walk Out of My Job Without Working My Notice?

Is it illegal to quit a job without notice

Is It Illegal to Quit a Job Without Notice? A simple and straight forward  Do you hate your job? If so, you’re not alone. A lot of people in the United Kingdom (UK) feel the same way. A survey made by employment firm Investors in People found that 60% of all workers are unhappy with their current jobs.

They gave various reasons for leaving a job. One is that they feel trapped in certain roles and can’t escape or make any changes. Others said that they are not rewarded or recognized for their good work, especially in big companies.

This is true in one out of four people who resign because they think they are not valued anymore. Some are pressured into doing extra work, putting a lot of strain on employees. Some people leave their employment because their employers have seriously breached the terms of their contract.

Proving Constructive Dismissal: Key Requirements and Breach of Contract

To prove a successful claim of constructive dismissal, you will need to have at least two years of continuous employment with your employer. You will also need to prove that your employer has seriously breached your contract. This can include conduct such as:

  • Regularly not being paid the agreed amount without a good reason.
  • Being bullied or discriminated against.
  • Raising a grievance that the employer refuses to look into.
  • Making unreasonable changes to working patterns or place of work without an agreement.

When claiming constructive dismissal, the employee should resign immediately, stating clearly why they have been forced to leave their job in their letter of resignation. If the employee delays the resignation, then the employee may be deemed to have affirmed and accepted the employer’s conduct.

Whatever the reasons for leaving a job, some employees can’t take it any longer and would leave the company in a flash. Is this possible in the UK? Can you leave everything behind and start a new career without telling your employer about your plan?

That depends on the kind of job you have, the company you’re working for, and the kind of contract you have with your current employer.

In the UK, an employee who wants to resign is expected to warn or notify the employer. This warning is called a notice period which should be clearly stated in your resignation letter to the UK.

The notice period allows the employer to search for a suitable replacement and allows the employee to finish whatever needs to be done before leaving the company.

Can you quit your job on the spot UK?

"No" you cannot just quit your job on the spot, you have to inform your employer in writing or verbally that you are about to leave your job. It is not the best practice because, if there is any written agreement signed between the employee and the employer, the employer can sue you for it.

How Much Notice Does an Employee Have to Give the Employer?

The notice of resignation is usually stated in the employment contract. Thus, it pays to read your contract carefully.

The notice period in your contract should be followed. Tell your employer if you agree to this or if you prefer a shorter notice period. If your request to reduce your notice period is not granted, no one can prevent you from leaving the company at once if you want.

However, depending on your job, not following the stated notice period can cause problems for the company. If this results in financial difficulties for the company, you can be sued for breach of contract. This can happen if you occupy a senior position, or charge of company assets, or have access to sensitive documents.

If the notice period is not stated in your contract, inform the company of your desire to leave at least a week before doing so. Tell your employer about this in your resignation letter.

Do this in your email or in writing. To avoid misunderstanding, write how long your notice period is and when you plan to resign. The notice period starts on the day after you formally resign.

Is it Illegal to Quit a Job Without Notice if you don't have a contract?

If you don't have any written agreement or contract signed with your employer, you have a legal option to quit your job by just informing them, and without following any kind of notice period.

If you are facing any kind of difficulty or threat from your employer, be sure to consult the professional lawyers of Deo Volente (DV Solicitors Bedford), UK, for the right legal advice regarding your notice period and other important details of your employment contract.

Our friendly team of lawyers will carefully review your contract and explain your rights as an employee. Our employment solicitors can also help if you are facing legal action from your previous employer.

For more information, visit DV Solicitors – Solicitors in Bedford, call 01234 350 244, or email info@dvsolicitors.com.


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By: DV Solicitors
Date: June 11, 2021

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