I am leaving my current employer.
What information/forms should they present to me?
What information should I request from them?
What information am I entitled to take with me? (e.g. a copy of my historical payslips, etc.)
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This depends on the country and jurisdiction. In India, for example, the company would need to provide you with a relieving letter formally indicating you are no longer employed. This is required because Indian law prevents people from being employed by multiple companies.
Generally speaking, I would take/request:
Ensure HR has your contact details, especially if they need to forward you tax or other details.
Ensure any details of your employment contract that continues after you leave employment are clear, e.g. non-compete agreements, non-poaching agreements, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) or intellectual property restrictions. Check the text of your employment agreement against the company's copy if needed.
If there are people there you would like to work with again, connect with them on professional social networks like Linkedin. You can do this after you leave but it is easiest when you are working together.
Depending on your role and the specific intellectual property clauses in your contract and company policies, you are not entitled to take anything owned by the company with you.
For example, if you are in a software developer role, for example, you cannot take any source code, designs or documents with you. Return or destroy any personal copies. If you use company provided software on your own devices, uninstall or remove that software. If you read company E-mail or notification on devices, remove those accounts.
For example, if you are in a sales role, you will have to return your business cards and any promotional material you use. You should ensure your CRM is up to date with your customer contact details and any sales, opportunities or accounts are handed over to your replacement.
Get a copy of all of your performance reviews. Those will be almost impossible to get later. Particularly if all of your reviews were outstanding and you were suddenly let go for "performance." :)
Also, information regarding any pension and/or 401k (if in the US) benefits you may have, in case you need to do a rollover, etc. Make sure you know when any other benefits stop (medical, etc. -- do they cut off immediately or run through the end of the current month).
Lastly, this might be a good time to ask for letter(s) of recommendation / reference permission from any past or current supervisors.
I agree with the caveat that must-have legal stuff is variable by country and also by the nature of the job. The relieving letter in India is an example. Also - in some types of jobs in the US, workers may expect to have the last paycheck in hand by the last day, while in others, it's expected that the paycheck can be delivered automatically in the way it is normally delivered - for example, by direct deposit. Also in some jobs pay may arrive up to 2 weeks later, and with a payout for unused vacation time.
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And on the last day, go to your supervisor and do a nice "thanks for the opportunity" - no matter how good or bad working with that person was. Don't just slink out the door.
Much (all) of your pay/compensation info should be available to you online. Companies (at least in the U.S.) have to have their retirement plans managed by a different company to avoid conflicts of interest and appearances of impropriety. So you should already have a login to access 401K, pension, stock purchase, etc. But just in case you don't, get them immediately.
You asked about pay stubs/slips, but you should have a record from your bank of your deposits. Are those not sufficient?
Don't worry about tax forms; the employer is mandated by law to send you those forms at the end of every calendar year. They have a payroll service that will do this automatically, whether you are a current or former employee.
That takes care of monetary issues. What you'll need to collect are your work products. Records of what you did, etc. As others have said, make sure you don't take proprietary work. But you are entitled to records of what you did so that you can show your abilities to others.
Also be sure to get contact info for all the colleagues you value. You never know when you may need to contact them, which will be harder once you no longer have access to the company email directory.