Ask the ExpertWorking Notice – Employee Resignation
Leah Enright asked 9 months ago

Hi Glenn,  
If an employee resigns during their working notice period, are they entitled to be paid for the remaining balance of the working notice? I’m curious to know if there is a standard working notice template/letter, that I could refer to which outlines working notice considerations?  

Thanks in advance! 

5 Answers
Glenn Demby Staff answered 9 months ago

Can you please let me know which jurisdiction you’re in. Once I get the info, I’ll forward your question to our payroll expert. 
 

Leah Enright replied 9 months ago

Hi Glenn, thank you for your prompt reply. We are provincially regulated.

Glenn Demby Staff answered 9 months ago

OK, but in which province? 
 

Leah Enright replied 9 months ago

The majority of our employees are in Ontario but we have employee across all provinces.

Glenn Demby Staff answered 9 months ago

Leah: Still waiting to hear back from our payroll expert. Will deliver his answer as soon as I get it. Thanks for your patience. 
 

Glenn Demby Staff answered 9 months ago

Leah: Still waiting to hear back from our payroll expert. Will deliver his answer as soon as I get it. Thanks for your patience. 
 

Glenn Demby Staff answered 9 months ago

Yes. In Ontario, if an employee is entitled to 4 weeks of notice, based on length of service and the employee resigns giving 1 week of notice, if the employer wishes to terminate the person on the stop, the full 4 weeks is owing.
However, the employer could also just not require the person to report for work for the remaining week.
There is also the question of when the employment ends, i.e. for such things as benefit coverage. If the employer pays out the 4 weeks owing, benefit coverage must continue for those 4 weeks.
If the person is just paid for the final week without having to work, benefit coverage ends once that week is finished.
Hope that answers your question and was worth waiting for. Thx. 

Leah Enright replied 9 months ago

Hi Glenn,

Thank you so much. This is very helpful. Have a great day ahead!