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Letter of resignation

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Writing an effective letter of resignation is important to preserve and embrace the employment relationship. Alternatively, a correctly written resignation can support a claim for constructive dismissal.

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Resignation letter

If an employee is resigning from employment because the employer has breached duties towards the employee or treated the employee unfairly it is important that the reasons for resignation are recorded in writing should the employee wish to take an unjustified constructive dismissal personal grievance case against their employer.

An amicable resignation

Tips for writing a nice resignation letter:

  • Check your notice period in your employment agreement.
  • Notify your manager out of courtesy you intend to resign.
  • Write your letter of resignation in a concise manner.
  • Do not write a lengthy explanation of why you are resigning.
  • Avoid being negative.
  • Comment on how your employer has benefitted you.
Resignation letter template

[your address and contact details]
[date]
[manager’s name]
[name of the company you work for]
[company address]

Dear [manager’s name]

I wish to inform you that I am resigning from my position as [job title] for [name of company you work for]. My last day of employment will be [date] in accordance with clause [clause number] of my employment agreement.

I have accepted an offer of employment at [new place of employment] as a [new job title].

Thank you for the many opportunities I have had with [name of company]. [thank your employer for their support, and mention any positive memories of your workplace.]

I wish you the best to you and the company for the future. Please let me know if I can be of assistance during the transition of the new person into their role.

Yours sincerely

[your name]

Constructive dismissal resignation

If you intend to raise a personal grievance for constructive dismissal it is important that your resignation letter leaves a significant complaint.

  • Resign effective immediately without notice.
  • List the complaints and reasons why you are resigning.
  • Describe how you have previously raised your concerns.
  • Request final pay to be processed.
  • Do not thank your employer for anything.
Constructive dismissal resignation letter example

[your address and contact details]
[date]
[manager’s name]
[name of the company you work for]
[company address]

Dear [manager’s name]

I regret to inform you that I find it impossible to continue my position as [job title] for [name of company you work for].

The reasons for this are:
[list all of the reasons]

[if you have previously raised your concerns and they have not been addressed, describe when and how you previously raised them]

Please make up my final pay as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

[your name]

If you have a genuine case for constructive dismissal it will be highly unlikely that your employer will respond to the concerns in your letter of resignation and will move to end the employment relationship. If your employer fails to address these concerns in your resignation letter, this will strengthen your case for constructive dismissal.


Last Updated: July 27, 2021 0800 WIN KIWI