Periods of Notice

Can be set out in the contract of employment or, if the employee doesn’t have one, minimum notice periods are implied by statute (see Implied Terms). The legal minimum periods of notice from employer to employee are:

  • Between one month and two years’ continuous service ­ one week’s notice
  • Two years’ service plus – a week’s notice for each complete year of service, up to a maximum of 12 weeks’ notice after 12 years’ service.

For the employee, the legal minimum is a week’s notice after one month’s service, and there it stays, unless the contract says more.