Can an employer continue disciplinary proceedings and dismiss an employee even after they have resigned?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 September 2019
Arthur Cox
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An employee’s notice of resignation is effective immediately after it is given to their employer. From that point on, it cannot be refused by the employer or withdrawn by the employee without the other party’s agreement.

Whether or not an employer should continue a disciplinary procedure will depend on the circumstances of the employee’s resignation, i.e. whether the employee has resigned with notice or with immediate effect.

If an employee gives notice of their resignation, an employer can continue disciplinary proceedings. It may be the case that an employee has committed an act of minor misconduct which only results in a warning, meaning that there will be no repercussions for the

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