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I want to quit my job, where do I start?

Provided by:  Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq.

May 2, 2017


Hi Jennifer,

I want to quit my job to pursue a new offer.  Where do I start?  How should I do that?

Dr. O


Hi Dr. O,

There is a high likelihood when you began your position you signed an employment agreement or independent contractor agreement. Either type of contract typically contains termination provisions, which would dictate procedure you may be contractually obligated to follow. You may have to give a certain amount of time notice, and you may have to provide notice a very specific way - Ex. Overnight Mail.  

In addition, what happens once you give notice will likely be covered in the contract as well - for instance - do you have to keep rendering services?  When will you get your last pay check?  Can the practice fire you in return and ask you leave immediately? 

So, the first thing to do is to check your contract.  Sometimes employers put termination provisions into their policies and procedures as opposed to contract, so have to check those to.  Properly quitting can be tricky and you may want assistance.  If so, feel free to call. 

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