I have been employed by my present employer for 2 years. i initially gave 1 months notice but was persuaded by my manager to give 2 months so they could train a new employee.

The company has since employed 4 new staff but none of them are to be trained in my job. In addition, it was implied I was not up to taking on a better job so I was stuck with it until my notice expired.

Because my contract does not state a set notice period can I just give 2 weeks notice rather than fulfill the entire 2 month notice period?

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    What country are you based in Sue?
    – Mike
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 11:18
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    Sue is not registered so she will not be able to update the question or answer any comments or questions. Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 13:50
  • @Sue I cleaned up some wording on this question, feel free to edit if this changes your intent too much. I'm not really sure what you mean by ` it was implied I was not up to taking on a better job so I was stuck with it until my notice expired.` so I have not changed it at all.
    – enderland
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 18:54

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You wanted to give one month notice, but gave two months notice. After giving notice, you can give at any time a shorter notice, as short as your laws and your contract allow, but that notice would start the day you give notice for the second time.

Example: You are legally required to give one month notice. You gave two months, but after a week you change your mind. You can give one month notice and leave after one week + one month. Or you change your mind after five weeks: Nothing you can do, because you are free to leave after two months anyway, and giving one month notice after five weeks doesn't allow you to leave earlier.

  • Basically, you're just giving a second notice even though you were already on your first notice, and the point is that you leave sooner with the second notice than sticking with the first.
    – Nelson
    Commented Apr 17, 2023 at 3:07
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    9 years old, bruh XD
    – user83977
    Commented Apr 17, 2023 at 14:28
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    maybe her boss convinced to give an even longer notice period and the question is still relevant to her. XD
    – Elerium115
    Commented Apr 18, 2023 at 15:00

The answer to this is very dependent on your location.

In the US you are an at will employee and can quit employment when ever you want. Quitting with out at least 2 weeks notice is considered unprofessional and could complicate reference checks in the future. However you should be able to give them 2 weeks notice effective today. Since you already committed to working for 2 months this may not make your employer happy but if during a reference check they say she only gave us 2 weeks notice, your prospective employer is unlikely to have much sympathy for the company.

There are places in other parts of the world where this is not the case. It is my understanding that in India the standard notice period is 3 months, and that there are places in Europe that require 2 months notice though I do not have the exact information on them so if you are not in the US I would look to another answer.

  • Not every state is considered an "at will" state. You might want to make that clear.
    – Donald
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 16:25
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    @Ramhound - Actually yes it is from the employee standpoint. There is no state that will force an employee to work somewhere they do not want (unless you join the military but that's another discussion) Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 16:32
  • @Ramhound: the "at will" part is about making it easier to terminate people. There is no state in the United States of America in which an employee is forced to continue going to work or prevented from walking out never to return with even zero notice.
    – NotMe
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 20:00
  • @ReallyTiredOfThisGame - Clearly I didn't mean that. I was talking more about Union and Non-Union states. If he was part of a Union he would be held to certain requirements otherwise perhaps pay the difference, likewise as a non-union employee thats harder to enforce upon somebody. BUT my comment was before a major SC ruling about Unions anyways.
    – Donald
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 20:15

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