Are employees obligated to give two weeks notice to their employer when they quit their job?

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Receptionist: Cohen Highley
Announcer: And now the Cohen Highley Legal Moment on CJOY.
Announcer: I’m with Christian Jannetta from Cohen Highley Lawyers. Are employees obligated to give two weeks notice to their employer when they quit their job?
Christian Jannetta: Although it’s a common belief that any employee can resign by giving two weeks notice without any further obligation, this isn’t always the case.

The law recognizes that an employer may be entitled to more notice of an employee’s resignation.

Announcer: What are some of the things that can influence or play a role in this?
Christian Jannetta: It’s a question of how key the employee is and how difficult it will be for the employer to replace them related to this, or additional factors such as the employees level of responsibility and their length of service.

Most people are familiar with the concept of wrongful dismissal, but what’s not as well known is that the opposite can apply if an employee quits without giving reasonable notice, the employer may have the basis for a wrongful resignation claim.  

Announcer: Thanks Christian. This has been the Cohen Highley Legal Moment.
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