Your questions answered: What happens if an employee fails to work their notice?

By Portner Press on October 8th, 2018
  1. Termination of Employment
  2. Resignation


If an employee hands in their resignation and gives one week’s notice, but the next day does not turn up for work or ring to advise, can you class this as abandonment of employment and terminate them immediately, without paying the one week’s notice?


No, it is not abandonment. However, you do not have to pay the employee for the notice they do not work.

Chapter R3 Resignation in the Employment Law Practical Handbook provides further information about employees’ obligations when resigning.

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