Resigning, as seen by the employer


When an employee quits, there are also repercussions for the employer and company life. A short overview of the potential consequences.

An undesirable departure can cause a number of difficulties for bosses. The scarcity of talent is being felt in many business sectors—despite the recession—and it is not always easy to replace the person quitting.


Repercussions vary depending on the size of the company, its line of business and the job held, says Luc Deshaies, Partner and labour and employment rights lawyer with Gowling Lafleur Henderson. Recruiting a secretary/receptionist is no doubt easier than finding a senior executive, but in both cases, hiring and training someone new always involves extra work.


There is also the issue of company secrets, which must of course remain confidential. Some employers fear information leaks. In addition, notes Pierre Pilote, CIRC, also a Partner and labour and employment rights lawyer with Gowling Lafleur Henderson, “An employee who quits cannot leave with material that belongs to the employer.” This applies to customer and contact lists drawn up on the job, for instance.

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