Final pay when someone leaves a job

If someone leaves without working their notice

The person leaving should try to reach agreement with their employer if they need to leave without working some or all of their notice.

If someone leaves without agreeing it with their employer first, they:

  • normally only get paid the part of the notice they did work
  • could have a court claim made against them if the employer ends up with extra costs

If they do leave, they’re still entitled to payment for work they've done up to that point, including any money owed for untaken holiday.

If the employer ends up with extra costs

The employer can end up with extra costs if someone leaves before or during their notice (without agreeing it). For example, they have to spend more to hire someone else on a short-term contract. In these situations the employer can make a court claim to get the money back from the person who left.

Find out more about making a court claim on GOV.UK.