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Give a 2-Weeks Notice or Not?

February 27, 2023

There is much debate and conversation going around regarding giving a 2-weeks notice when you resign a position. The question many are asking is: 

Is an employee legally required to give a 2-weeks notice before quitting or resigning a job?

In California, there is no 2-week notice requirement in place that requires by law for an employee to give a 2-weeks notice. In California, employees are hired as “at will” employees, which means that an employer can layoff, fire, or let go an employee at any time. Also, in California labor law, it states that an employee can terminate their employment or quit a job whenever they want.

So you are not legally obligated to give a 2-weeks notice, but there are many factors to consider when thinking about giving a 2-weeks notice or not when you plan on quitting a job.

Giving a 2-weeks notice is certainly a courtesy that you provide to your current employer when you are planning to quit or resign a position.

Here are some possible scenarios when it is HIGHLY recommended to give a 2-weeks notice when planning to quit or resign a position:

  • If your current position you plan to quit is within the same field or related to the field you plan on growing within, then you MUST maintain your reputation & give a 2-weeks notice.
  • If your current employer you plan on quitting will give you a good recommendation, then give a 2-weeks notice.
  • If you like your current employer and you want to maintain a good relationship, then give a 2-weeks notice.
  • If you want to show good moral character, regard for others, and be courteous, then give a 2-weeks notice.
If the following scenario applies to you, then I recommend you quit without advanced notice. If you hate your job, your employer, the whole company or organization, & your current career, you plan on changing or pivoting careers, and you don't expect to use your current employer as a reference, then quit without notice. No problem.

As you think about what is in your best interest, I hope this guides your decision making process and I wish you GOOD LUCK!

-Veronica Cano, M.S.