While two weeks is the standard notice given by employees who resign, it is not required. This letter helps a worker explain that they will not stay longer than two weeks regardless of employer desires.
Dear Mr./Ms. Bossname,
As you know, I resigned yesterday, giving two weeks’ notice. I received the company’s request that I continue to work longer than that, but I cannot comply.
I have made a commitment to my new employer, and simply will not be available after the date I stated. I am sorry if that leaves the company in a bind, but as I mentioned, I am happy to help with training and other transition-related matters in the coming business days.
While two weeks’ notice is standard in our industry, it is not required by law. I gave notice out of respect for you as my supervisor, and in recognition of all that I’ve learned during my time at the company.
Again, I must refuse to work beyond the date I stated, two weeks from yesterday. Thank you for understanding.