Letter of Resignation Law and Legal Definition

Letter of resignation is a letter written by an employee to announce his/her intent to leave a position or office of employment currently held. A letter of resignation will often take legal effect of a notice required under the relevant terms of the position before quitting a job. Many appointments and contractual employments are terminable by unilateral notice or advance notice of a specified period of time. A letter of resignation can be treated as evidence or record as to the date or time of the resignation of an employee.

Letter of resignation should be delivered in advance to the appropriate superior, and must contain information such as the intended last day at work. Some resignations may be effective immediately.

A letter of resignation may thank the employer for the opportunities and experience gained thereby. The recipient of the letter of resignation may record upon it the time of receipt of the letter.