Originally Posted by otc
I didn't think the 2 weeks thing had any legal standard? Isn't it just a rule of thumb that is often also included in your contract (which may specify more or less time)?
Originally Posted by Piobaire
They do not need to "fire" you. Once you give resignation it is up to the employer whether or not they wish to accept it "immediately" or let you work out your notice. This might vary by state, I don't know as I'm not a labour attorney, but I can tell you that's how it works in my state. Give notice and you can have it accepted on an immediate basis. However, if you have specialized knowledge you need to pass on, and a good relationship with your boss, I would tell them 4-6 weeks out. These days a 30 day notice is considered the standard in professional positions.
Also this. As pio notes, different states may have different laws, but I believe that in most states the default assumption is that employment is at-will. In that situation, legally, either party can walk away whenever they want unless there is a contract specifying otherwise.
And speak american or go home, canuck. It's "labor" here.