Originally Posted by Donniboo
Can someone please tell me the legal position in Canada (BC) about quitting a job? If you don't have a contract do you have to give any notice? If I get offered a better paid job I will want to take it, as my current job doesn't pay enough to cover the bills, but I am worried that I will lose the better paid job if I have to work four weeks notice in my current job.
Any help/advice would be much appreciated.
Hi Donniboo - depends on different variables. Here is my understanding but of course may be corrected if my info is wrong.
When you were hired did your employer not give you anything in writing about the stipulations of what was expected of you and outline the expectations of the businessd?
If you belong to a union, generally you should follow the union contract. Usually it's 2 weeks notice (so I understand from my friends belonging to several unions). I have a friend who belonged to a union and just walked out and didn't return to the job. She was lucky to get the money owing her from the days she worked.
If you don't belong to a union, it's my understand that its usually two weeks notice in writing. I understand that people usually give notice from pay week to the next pay week.
Of course if you are not obligated to a union contract you can just walk off the job. However remember if you are looking for a reference recommendation from the business, it is very unlikely you will receive one, unless you left "for cause".
Hope this helps you, please pm me if you like.
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