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Abandoned your employment?

Thursday 21 February, 2019

If you’re in a situation where you’ve left your job without telling your boss, this is the article for you.

There are two different types of abandonment and we’ll look at both.

1.You have not shown up to work, and have taken unauthorised leave, but you still want to go back to work:

What you should know in this situation, is in most employment contracts there is a clause for abandonment. This means that if you have left work, and not said why, for more than three days, your boss could dismiss you using that clause. If they use that clause against you after you not showing up for work, they do not have to rehire you.

To protect yourself, let your boss know why you are away, and when you intend to return. It is best to do this in writing. If you personally can’t do it, get someone to contact them on your behalf.

2. You have left your job, your boss doesn’t know where you are, and you don’t want to go back:

This could be a situation where there was a heated argument, and you thought your boss didn’t want you to come back. You don’t want to go back either.

If this is the situation, it’s critical that you get advice for your specific situation. This is because there is a risk, that if your employer uses their abandonment clause, they could potentially take wages and holiday pay that they owe to you.

In order to make sure you don’t get caught out, give us a call to make sure you don’t miss out on what you are entitled to, and discuss any other potential claims we can make for you.