I run a small accountancy practice and have had recently an employee leave and wanted some thoughts. The person had been with me for 10 weeks only. There was no contract of employment in place just a detailed offer letter that was quite specific ' contract was too follow.
We had a dispute over the offer letter that caused friction. I received a text message (whilst out of the office) that this person was leaving for another job and wanted to start next week. This was on the Wednesday. I sent one back saying can we discuss it tomorrow when I am back in the office. The person was determined to leave and said could she leave that day (Wednesday) ' I said yes for various reasons. All by text initially and I eventually phoned the person up. No letter of resignation. A bad egg sometimes needs to move on or be moved on.
Is a text classed as a letter of resignation? Obviously very unprofessional!
There are wages owed according to the person (we disagree for various reasons and will in due course dispute). Can we withhold wages because of the lack of notice? We think not.
Also we employed the person from an agency and paid a fee on annual basis bearing in mind they only lasted we have heard that we could be due a refund on the basis that the annual salary was substantially lower.
This is an unusual situation and any thoughts would be appreciated