What should I do if I need to quit before the end of my notice period?
May 7, 2012 2:53 PM Subscribe
UK employment law/HR filter: quitting a job before the end of a notice period
Things have gone to hell at my current workplace (to sum it up: boss is slowly making plans to close shop and bungling up his client relations so badly that I wouldn't be surprised if we went out of business sooner rather than later); I have a new job in the pipeline.
My contract with my current employer states I must give four weeks notice, however a trusted colleague told me that the boss has "made life hell" for previous employees that have quit to work for rival businesses.
Now, things are already nearly unbearable and I know I am not going to be able to last the whole notice period if it gets worse. My question is, can I be sued if I walk out? What should I be doing now to protect myself? The business cannot function normally if I leave before I am replaced. It pains me to write this, but if it means I forfeit pay then fine. I'll live. But I don't want to go to court. Discussing this with my employer is not an option. I am not in a union. Help please?