Does my employer have to pay me for full two weeks if I give notice but they fire me immediately? Dallas employment lawyer explains

In Texas, any notice from an employee to an employer resigning does not obligate the employer to anything. (Unless there is an employment contract that says otherwise.) The employer does not have to continue employment for those additional two weeks. If the employer terminates the employee immediately, it does not have to pay for any time the employee not worked. (Again, unless an employment contract says otherwise.) Aside from the salary issue, there are some reasons why you might want to give notice anyway.

Why you may want to give your Dallas or Fort Worth, Texas employer two weeks notice

The biggest reason to give notice is to ensure your employer does not create future problems in your career. A potential employer can contact a prior employer and obtain employment dates and whether the employee is eligible for rehire. If an employee is ineligible for rehire then the presumption is the employee was fired. Many employers request written notice of a particular time period (such as two weeks) in exchange for listing the employee as eligible for rehire. In a tight job market, having those prior jobs list you as ineligible for rehire may be an easy excuse to pass on you. Of course, being ineligible for rehire can also be a problem if you intend on ever coming back to that company in a different position.

Of course, giving notice does not mean that the company cannot list you as ineligible for rehire, particularly if you were going to be fired and thought giving notice would prevent it. Sometimes an employer will allow you to resign, even without notice, instead of firing you so they can avoid paying you unemployment benefits but honestly you never know what will happen once you walk out that door.

Will my Fort Worth or Dallas, Texas employer pay me for my last two weeks if they let me go early?

Sometimes employers will pay you through your two week notice even though you do not continue working. This is common in sales and industries where a departing employee may want to take client lists with them. The employer could just terminate employment immediately without additional pay. They often will pay to make other employees come forward and give notice so they can prevent employees from taking client files and quitting. If they did not pay for those extra weeks there would be no incentive to give notice.

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