An employee leaves a sealed letter of resignation on his manager’s desk. His manager knows what is in the envelope, but because he has other pressing business to attend to, he leaves the letter where it is. The employee cools down, explains that he resigned in haste, and retrieves his resignation letter, still unread and still sealed. Can it be said that the employee resigned, or does the resignation only take effect once the manager reads it? A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal indicates that a written communication must be read to be effective: an unread communication has no effect.
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