Does an employer have to notify an employee they are terminated?

Asked on June 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no specific legal requirement to officially notify an employee of termination. The employer could, for example, simply stop scheduling the employee for hours or shifts. Note that if the employee does legitimately do work while "theoretically" terminated but before notice of termination, he or she would have to be paid for it; so, for example, take a mall night shift security guard (one of the guys who rides around the parking lot in a security car, checking on things). If he is fired on Monday but never told, and shows up to work and works Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday with no notice of termination, his employer would most likely have to pay him.

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