Transitioning without loss of income

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by chrisjm18, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    So, I am curious about the best way a teacher can transition from one school to another without losing income.

    Scenario: You won't start the new job until August (new academic year) and your current job will stop paying you once you resign.

    Do you not resign until like July (which is somewhat harsh because they'll have to find your replacement)? Do you just resign at the end of the school year (early June) and get a summer job until you start at the new school?

    Hope that makes sense :)
  2. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    Does it have any stipulations in your employment contract or HR policy?
  3. Steve Levicoff

    Steve Levicoff Well-Known Member

    Whoa . . . when I saw the word transitioning in the headline, my first thought was that you're going transgendered on us.

    What can I say? It's 21st century thinking. :D
  4. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    At-will, separate at any time (employer or employee).
  5. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Lol, that's funny :) How dare an employer terminate someone who's transitioning, either MTF or FTM? :D
  6. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    What are your obligations for work during the summer, if you're not instructing classes?

    Unless you had a contract that stipulated something, which is unlikely with an at-will employment status, or there was an HR policy that was enforceable, I do not believe you're under any obligation to quit prior to the start of employment with the other institution. Of course the courtesy of a traditional professional advance notice should be offered. However that does not need to be more than 2-4 weeks, depending on the circumstances. People move on, it's a fact of life and something that all managers have to deal with.
  7. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Thanks. There are no obligations during the summer months. You work 10 months, paid for 12. This past summer I volunteered to teach in the summer program which was additional pay. However, I decided I didn't want to do it next year because I'll start my dissertation in the summer. Yes, the handbook states that as a courtesy, they ask for 2 weeks notice.
  8. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    Keep in mind that even with the best intentions, a job offer can be pulled, rescinded, or even declined near the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. Both parties should always treat it as tentative, until it actually occurs.

    Only notes of concern I would suggest is that you verify how or who they do a reference check with. Never be deceitful, but it is something to manage. Also, I would suggest verifing that there is not some ridiculous policy statement that summer pay is contingent on fall work. From the sounds of your situation, non-contract and at-will, it’s unlikely or unlikely to be enforceable. Once you announce your resignation intentions, I would plan on providing a professional courtesy of asking if there’s anything you can do to help with the transition. I wouldn’t try and scramble or take that burden entirely upon yourself though.

    Most importantly, congratulations on the possible new adventure!
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