If you resign from your job then you’re terminating your contract of employment. Before you leave your job you should inform your employer in writing that you’re doing so, of the reason why you’re leaving, and whether you’re resigning with or without notice. Getting your letter of resignation right is important – if you fail to do so then it can cause problems in the future with obtaining new employment or (if the circumstances are such) making a claim for constructive dismissal. In this article we’ll look at the following:

  1. How to word your letter of resignation
  2. How to submit your letter of resignation
  3. What else you should do on resigning from your job

How to word your letter of resignation

Your letter of resignation should be worded in a polite but firm manner. It should clearly and in detail explain the reasons why you feel to have to resign, preferably in bullet point form, so that your employer has a clear idea of what has compelled you to resign. The potential reasons are manifold: a better job offer, bullying or harassment at work or that you’re just not enjoying your job. Please feel free to use the template letter of resignation below to draft your letter of resignation. Simply fill in the necessary information based upon your particular facts and submit it to the appropriate person.

How to submit your letter of resignation

It’s best to submit your letter of resignation by email – that way you have a clear and unambiguous record of when you submitted the letter of resignation and terminated your contract of employment. You should preferably send the email to the appropriate responsible person in your organisation – your line manager, for example, or Human Resources.

What else you should do on resigning from your job

Apart from the obvious – like find a new job if you haven’t got one lined up – here’s a list of things for you to consider when you resign from your job (from a legal perspective:

  1. If you have cause, submit a grievance
  2. If you think you have a claim for constructive dismissal, submit your ET1 to the Employment Tribunal

If you have a particular grievance against your employer that you haven’t submitted then this is a good time to submit a written grievance – it should be considered by your employer even after you’ve left your job. You can download a letter of grievance below:

Further, if you think you may have a claim for constructive dismissal then you should submit a claim for constructive dismissal within 3 months less one day of the date of your resignation. Click on the link to learn how to submit a claim for constructive dismissal to the Employment Tribunal.

Redmans Solicitors are London employment lawyers based in Richmond, London. They are unfair dismissal solicitors and offer employment law advice to employers and employees.

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