Resignation Law and Legal Definition

A resignation is the formal notice to an employer of voluntary termination of employment by an employee. There are no laws governing employee resignations, but proper etiquette should be followed in order to avoid parting on bad terms and "burning bridges". The standard notice has traditionally been two to four weeks, but you should consult your employee handbook in case your employer expects more (or less) advance warning.

Some employers like to have all departing employees meet with someone from the human resources department for an exit interview. Exit interviews are often a way for employers to determine if there are any potential legal claims connected to the employee's departure.