An employee quits but now wants to come back: Should we rehire him?

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Question: “We have a former employee who left our employ one week ago.  He has now called and stated that his leaving was a mistake, and he would like to come back to work for us.  Can you tell me what policies you have in place for this situation?  We are thinking about hiring him back.  What do we do about seniority, pay, vacation, health benefits, etc.?  Does he start at the beginning?  This is the first time this has happened to us and we don't have a policy in our handbook that covers it.  Any suggestions or laws that you may know of that would apply?” — Nancy


We have this happen all the time. Our policy is if the employee was in good standing at the time of their departure and gave 2 weeks notice we will hire them back if we have an opening. We will only do this once.

On senority etc. if the lapse in employment with us is 6 months or less, then they r...(register to read more)

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Does November 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

a staff would want to leave with a higher salary from another company. We matched that, and he promosed to stay with us. However, the another company tried to offer even higher salary after two months. He quitted. After not 4 month in the new company he wanted to come back. Which salary should we offer?


Clay Bratton March 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I worked at a local Verizon store near my house.. I made good money in commission while I was there but did not receive benefits (PTO, insurance, 401k, etc.). I applied at Sprint, and they offered me a job with benefits on the 31st day. I walked into work (Verizon) and told the manager that I was leaving; she asked me if I would work a notice, so I did. I ended up working a 3 weeks notice, (on my days off at Sprint, which was risky because I could have jeopardized my new job. I did it to stay on good terms in case the new job did not work out.

Now I ended up not liking the new job, so I got in touch with my former manager, and she arranged for me to speak with the DM. I spoke with him and was under the impression that I was going to be hired back, after being unemployed for 3 months now, I am fighting hard to get my job back. I would like some recommendations and advice as to what I should do. And also the policies about rehire eligibility.


Des October 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm

A mistake? I’d be interested in knowing what kind of mistake a person could make to give notice and leave a job. I’d really have to think about that one. If a person left under a misunderstanding and it was corrected and the person wanted to come back that’s different. So, in either event, if the person was in good standing, gave the appropriate notice I’d attempt to hire he/she back. However, because of the organization I work for, they would have to reapply, be interviewed just like everyone else. And, if it’s under a year their seniority would still be in tact.


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