Is a termination of employment required to be in writing?

If so this would give me a few days to return the equipment, as opposed to a few hours. My employer terminated my employment and is requiring that I uphold the employment contract stating I have 8 hours to return equipment. I received nothing in writing however.

Asked on October 21, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Termination of employment only has to be in writing in the following case: (1) there is an employment agreement or contract (which there seems to be in this case, from what you write); and also (2) the contract specifically says that written notice is required. If the contract demands written notice, then the termination would presumably not be effective until written notice is provided (check what that clause or paragraph of the contract specifically says); but on the other hand, if the contract does no mandate written notice, then oral or verbal notice would be sufficient (the law itself does not require written notice) and termination would be effective immpediately upon oral notice, unfortunately.


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