Resignation by SMS can be final, warns labour law firm

Employees should be careful in their use of technology to communicate with their bosses

Employees should be careful in their use of technology to communicate with their bosses, asmaking loaded suggestions in an SMS, such as wishing to resign, could well hold up in court, labour law consultants Global Business Solutions has said. According to a Business Dayreport, various disputes between employers and employees last year centred on whether employment agreements had come to an end due to resignations or dismissals being issued via cellphone messages. In 2008, the Labour Court held that a binding and valid employment contract could come into existence if the prospective employee communicated his or her acceptance of the offer of employment to the employer by means of an SMS. Last year, the Labour Court considered whether an employee could terminate his employment by sending an SMS, and found that a communication sent by SMS to resign indicated the intention to do so.

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