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7. Employee Obligations
      
  When your employment is terminated, you have a duty to "mitigate" your damages. This means you must do everything reasonable to lessen the amount of losses that you suffer due to the loss of your job.

This requires two things:
  • First, if your employer wants you to keep working until the end of your notice period, you are legally obligated to keep working diligently, competently, and honestly until your job ends. The law does not entitle you to a lump sum package unless it’s part of an explicit contract between you and your employer. You could lose everything if you choose not to work during the notice period, and you certainly don’t want to burn any bridges.

  • Second, once your job ends, the courts expect you to work reasonably hard to find a new job – whether you get a package or not. A quick Google search will bring up many websites that offer great advice on how you can search for new jobs.

    Depending on the kind of job you had, you may be under legal duties not to talk about your work or your employer. You may have signed confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements. You may have been in a position within the company that exposed you to sensitive information. (This often happens with sales representatives who, after losing their jobs, set up their own sales agencies or work for the previous employer’s competition.) You should keep your employer’s confidences. You risk exposing both yourself and any new employer to lawsuits from your former employer if you do not.

 

 

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