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Giving Resignation Letter + Employee Handbook

Des Moines, IA |

I submitted Resignation Letter with 2-week notice yesterday to my boss and my boss was really upset about it. Today he calls me in his office and shows the Employee Handbook where it says that if Employee works in company for more than 3 years, he has to give a 30-day notice, not 14-day. My question is this: my new job has an official date of March 3rd which is two weeks later, so it needs to happen. What rae the legal consequences if I do not follow that rule? Do I have any legal defense in this area? The whole quitting part has being pretty dramatic and stressful so far, instead of wishing me good luck my bosses have been acting very angry with me. Our company had a lot of people leaving in one year so it might cause them to do stuff like this and focre their employers to stay longer :/

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Generally, an employee isn't bound to any requirements about how much advance notice is to be given. Iowa is an at-will employment state, which means as a general proposition that either employer or employee can end the relationship at any time. There are exceptions, of course. For example, if your employer paid for certain training for you, you might be obligated to work for a certain period or be liable to repay some of the cost. Consult an attorney if you have any concerns along that line, but if your only concern arises from the handbook, then I don't think you are restricted. Your employer should be glad you gave 2-week's notice.

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I think that your employer is incorrect. In an at-will employee state, you have the right to quit at any time and they can't force you to provide a longer notice. You didn't even need to necessarily provide the 2-week notice. You should feel free to go ahead and take the new job

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