HANDBOOK HELPER EPISODE 31 RESIGNATIONS AND TERMINATIONS POLICY « Law Offices of Timothy Bowles | Top Employment Law Firm in Los Angeles


Transition Disposition

Ending the employment relationship can be relatively painless if properly conducted in adherence to a well-written handbook policy and legally compliant procedures.

Policy Drafting Tips and Best Practices:

  • Require immediate return of all company property;
  • Explain the purpose of any exit interviews;
  • Ensure final pay includes all accrued, unused vacation hours;
  • Issue final paychecks on the same day of termination or layoff;
  • Issue final paychecks within 72 clock hours to employees who quit with less than 72 hours of notice;
  • Pay resigning/retiring employees — who have given at least 72 hours of notice — on their last day of employment; and
  • State whether the company has a policy of providing departing employees with severance pay.


Implement and regularly review your handbook to include a resignations and terminations policy.
We publish this series to educate employers on best practices for a well-written handbook that assists applicants, employees, and management alike. To purchase our 2023 template handbook – which contains the above policy and much more – and accompanying forms or for more information, please contact Office Manager Aimee Rosales at 626.583.6600 or email her.

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Cindy Bamforth
July 13, 2023

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