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Giving Notice

Most of us will work for more than one employer throughout our lifetime.  In fact, changing employers many times in your career is not unheard of ….especially among younger employees who look to stay engaged and relevant at their jobs.  While it can be very exciting to move on to a new job, one would be prudent to show their current employer some consideration by giving adequate notice to find a replacement. 

How much notice do employees need to give? 

In Manitoba, employees are actually required to give notice of their intention to leave their current employer if they have worked with that employer for over 30 days.  If you have worked for an employer for under a year, you are required to give one week’s notice of you leave date.  If you have worked for the same employer for over a year, the rule is to provide 2 weeks’ notice of your intention to leave. 

Employers have the same obligation regarding leave notice to employees that they are planning on terminating.  However, unlike the maximum 2 weeks’ notice from an employee, the employer is required to give longer notice, the longer they have been employed with the company.  See the following schedule below: 

Period employment by employee                 Notice period required by employer   
At least 30 days and less than 1 year                  1 week

At least 1 year and less than 3 years                   2 weeks

At least 3 years and less than 5 years                 4 weeks

At least 5 years and less than 10 years               6 weeks

At least 10 years                                                      8 weeks

Consequences of not giving proper notice: 

We have all heard or possibly even seen employees ‘quitting on the spot’, walking out, or just not showing up to work anymore. While it is unfortunate to leave on such poor terms, an employee should be warned about the consequences of NOT providing his/her employer with notice.   Most employers today do ask for references from former employers.  Leaving on a sour note may not give you an opportunity to ask your former boss for a reference.  Showing experience on your resume without a reference is a red flag to any potential employer as it could infer that YOU have a problem ‘getting along’ with others. 

Are you planning on changing jobs in the near future?

If you are planning on changing jobs now or in the near future, ensure you act professional and give your current employer proper notice.  If you are worried that your boss will no longer let you work, no worries.  Remember, they have to also give you notice and if they choose to let you go immediately, they will have to pay you out for the notice period you would normally have worked. 

Don’t burn bridges.  You may very well need the reference of your previous employer in the future. Just like sending an RSVP to a party host confirming your attendance in advance of the event, please be considerate and give notice if you decide to leave your place of employment.

Wendie Karlowsky
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