Retraction of Resignation

Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 14 December 2010
Ciara Fulton
Lewis Silkin NI LLP
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Many employers will have had experience of employees who resign in the heat of the moment, possibly following an acrimonious exchange, and then subsequently have a change of heart and seek to withdraw the resignation. We have asked Ciara Fulton how employers should deal with such situations. 

A resignation is a unilateral act which, if expressed in clear and unconditional terms, brings a contract of employment to an end. Whether or not an employer is obliged to consider/allow a request made by an employee to withdraw their resignation once given is not straightforward. Much will depend on the circumstances of the particular case.

Special Circumstances
As a general rule,

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Ciara Fulton
Lewis Silkin NI LLP

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