I'm often asked about what can happen after you give two weeks notice to an employer. Employees wonder if the company is obligated to keep them on the payroll for the duration of their employment.
When a Company Can Fire You
In most cases, an employer can fire you or stop paying you after you give notice. That's because most employees are considered employed at will, which means that the company can terminate you at any time for no reason. Workers with employment contracts or covered by union agreements are generally protected in this situation, as are employees who have been discriminated against. Some state laws include exceptions to at-will employment policies, as well. Here is a list of exceptions to employment at will.
Sometimes, companies will say that you are no longer needed after the date when you submit your resignation. Typically, they will pay for the time when you would have been working, but they aren't obligated to.
Company Policy Regarding Termination and Resignation
In most cases, employers will honor the notice you give them because of concerns about the company's reputation with current and prospective employees. Employers are also cautious about antagonizing departing employees who might retaliate by sharing proprietary information with their competitors. In addition, employers often want to keep the services provided by departing workers in place as long as possible to avoid disruptions or burdens to other staff.
Check your company's employee handbook for policies about giving notice. Most organizations will honor the stipulations laid out in the manual.
Be Prepared To Leave
Even though you will most likely not be fired, you should be prepared to leave the premises immediately once you give notice. Be sure to remove any personal email or documents from your work computer prior to resigning. Keep copies of any materials which you might include in your portfolio or which might be useful in future jobs, since your computer access might be cut off right away.
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