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How to deal with a heat-of-the-moment resignation

Author: Tina Elliott


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  • Be aware that, although clear and ambiguous words of resignation can usually be taken at face value, where the employee has resigned in the heat of the moment, you may run a risk if you are too quick to rely on the resignation.
  • Take into account that you may be at risk of a tribunal claim even where the employee involved has less than two years' service.
  • Allow a day or so for the situation to cool and investigate the circumstances in which the resignation took place to find out the employee's real intentions.
  • Apply the same principles to a hastily written note of resignation.