An employment relationship may be ended in a variety of ways with different legal consequences, so it’s important to accurately determine the method by which it’s terminated. An involuntary termination (i.e., the employee is fired) occurs when the employer decides to end the employment relationship. A voluntary termination or resignation (i.e., the employee quits) occurs when an employee indicates an intention to leave employment by word, manner of action, or by actions that aren’t consistent with the continuation of the employment relationship. That may seem simple enough, but complications can arise quickly when the employee expresses an intention to quit at some point in the future. Much depends on whether the employee has provided a definite date of termination of employment.