Acknowledge their resignation letter
The preliminary step the employee takes is providing a resignation or ‘without prejudice’ letter. The employee’s resignation letter may be given to their line managers or their employer.
You need to acknowledge the letter and ensure it includes all relevant information. For example:
• Present the breach: They need to highlight the extent of the grievance. This might be one serious breach or several relating ones.
• Share the reasons: They need to state what their reasons, feelings, and reactions were which led to the decision of leaving their job role.
• Provide evidence: They need to outline evidence for their case, through things like witness accounts or documents.
Remember, this isn’t an ordinary resignation, with a clean and isolated exit. The point of their resignation is to demonstrate an alleged fundamental breach of contract. And if nothing is done, then serious, legal consequences will follow.
In most cases, the employee will continue working under protest. This is to enforce change or vocalise injustice.
When an employee has taken these measures, it’s normally done with thought. They may have already planned an exit strategy, sought legal advice, and understood their rights to sue.