Employers sometimes breathe a sigh of relief when an employee resigns, particularly if the individual had performance problems, made discrimination complaints, or engaged in other types of protected activity. But what counts as a resignation in the state? Under what circumstances might a resignation not actually be a resignation at all?
On August 3, 2021, New York State Attorney General (AG) Letitia James released a 165-page tome documenting—in excruciating and embarrassing detail—how Governor Andrew Cuomo allegedly sexually harassed 11 women and condoned a toxic, misogynistic, and abusive work environment permeated by fears of retaliation. If that wasn’t enough news for the day, Governor Cuomo released his […]
Recently, a message from Burger King employees went viral—and it wasn’t the kind of message an organization dreams of being associated with. Outside a Nebraska Burger King read a sign that said “WE ALL QUIT SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE” and captured the voices of irritated workers everywhere. Decades after the release of the 1976 film […]
Getting off to a great start is important in any job, which is why managers and human resource professionals understand how important those first few weeks on the job are. But in the lifecycle of an employee, there is another period that is also crucial; it just happens to be on the opposite end of […]
In a previous post, we discussed the surprisingly common issue of executives leaving their job on bad terms. According to research conducted by Heidrick & Struggles, just 16% of senior executives surveyed reported that they would have done nothing differently the last time they voluntarily resigned from a position. That, of course, means that 84% […]
Anytime a real-world example can be provided to trainees, companies should try to find a way to leverage it to reinforce training and highlight key principles, policies, or concepts. But mistakes, in particular, can be valuable examples for several reasons.
by Hannah Roskey For Canadian employers, navigating the distinction between resignation and termination can be tricky. If an employee resigns, there is no entitlement to severance. If an employee is terminated without cause, the employer is on the hook for termination pay (and possibly severance pay in Ontario and the federal jurisdiction). The recent Alberta […]
by David G. Wong In its recent decision in Razo v. Essilor Canada, 2017 BCHRT 133, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal dismissed the argument that an employer could not accept the resignation of a long-term disabled employee without making further inquiries. In this case, the complainant, Helen Razo, filed a complaint alleging discrimination on […]
by Stefan Kimpton Employers don’t often enough think about the consequences of a heat-of-the-moment resignation. It is generally assumed that when an employee says “I quit” or storms out of the workplace, the employment relationship has come to an end and the employer owes no further obligations to the employee. Think again. As a recent […]
What Kelly Ripa lacks in size, she makes up for in attitude. At just 5’3″, the petit daytime talk show star measures but a fraction of the size of her former co-host, Michael Strahan, himself a former New York Giants defensive end and Super Bowl champion. But Ripa’s actions since news broke of Strahan’s planned departure from Live! for a […]