Resignation Letter After Maternity Leave Example

Email and Printed Maternity Leave Resignation Letter Examples

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Do you wish to resign rather than return to work after maternity leave? You can use this resignation letter example to customize for your personal situation. If you prefer to use email, see what to include in an email message to resign while you are on maternity leave.

Resigning While You Are on Maternity Leave

Quitting during your maternity leave presents a logistical challenge. Since you are not in the office, an in-person conversation may not be possible, and you may need to resign over email or send a printed letter.

In general, resignation letters are best kept short. This holds true for resigning during maternity leave, too. The most important information to communicate is:

  • Your official last day with the company
  • Why you are resigning
  • Any help you want to offer during the transition
  • A thank you to the manager and company

Resignation Do's and Don'ts: You've decided to resign, but what else do you have to do (or not do) that you might not have considered when you went on maternity leave? Did you remember to clean up your desk and computer? What about insurance and benefit?

Resignation Letter After Maternity Leave Example

Name
Address
City, State, Zip

Date

Name
Title
Address
City, State, Zip

Dear Ms. Manager,

Please accept my resignation effective September 30, 20XX. As you know, I had my second child in August and I have decided that I will not be returning to work after my maternity leave. I have made the decision to stay home with my children for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your understanding. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance during this transitional time. I am available over (phone, email) and would also be happy to come into the office for a day to pass off any contacts, emails, or information that you need.

Sincerely,

Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Firstname Lastname

Sample Email for Resigning During Maternity Leave

Subject: Maternity Leave – Your Name

Dear Jane,

During these past two months on maternity leave, I've spent a lot of time thinking through my next steps. After much debate, I've decided to stay home with my children, and not return to full-time work. Please accept my resignation effective February 10, XXXX.

It's been a pleasure working with you, and being part of ABC Company. I have learned so much during my four years working here.

Please let me know if I can offer any help during this transitional time – I am available over email, and would also be happy to come into the office for a day to pass off any contacts, emails, or information that you need.

Sincerely,

Firstname Lastname  

Sending an Email Message

You may be a pro or a novice at sending email to your employer from home. When sending an important communication such as a resignation letter, you will want to ensure it is received and acted upon. If you’re emailing your resignation letter, here's how to send your email message including what to include, proofing, double checking that you have all the information you need, and sending a test message.

Please Note: This sample is provided for guidance only.

The provided information, including samples and examples, is not guaranteed for accuracy or legality. Letters and other correspondence should be edited to fit your personal situation.