Should You Give Two Weeks' Notice If You Are Quitting Job In Washington State?

After 14 years, my wife is getting a new job. It got me thinking of all the things that she has to do before she starts her new job after the 4th of July weekend and it's a pretty exciting time for her.


Does The Law Require You To Give Two Weeks' Notice In Washington State?

One of the tougher things to do is to let your employer know that you are leaving. If you like your employer, it can be bittersweet. If you don't care for your employer, this article will be a big help to you.

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It's surprising that some might not know what their legal rights are and it's always good to know especially if your employer tries and guilts you into staying longer even after you have resigned.

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Can I Quit My Job In Washington State And Just Walk Out?

In Washington State, it can go both ways for an employee and an employer. It's a nice thing to give an employer ample notice of your departure but it's also not required. You could pack your stuff up right now and leave and legally you'd be free to do so.

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According to, Washington State is a right-to-work state. It means that your employer or you could terminate your employment without any notice. We've always been told that giving two weeks' notice is a must but legally, in Washington State, it's simply not the case.

In A Right To Work State, You And Your Employer Don't Have To Give Notice

The good news going forward is that you get to call the shots. I've always given two weeks' notice and I have had employers go both ways. I've had employers pay me out and I left that day and I've also had employers work me the final two weeks.

It really is up to the business and you.

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