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Terminating employment - notice periods and pay

Key points

  • Both the employee and employer are normally entitled to a minimum period of notice on termination of employment.
  • Notice periods should be one of the main terms and conditions of employment and included in the employee's written statement.
  • It's always best to write out any form of notice to make it clear it is the termination of employment.
  • In most cases employees should be paid their normal pay during the notice period.
  • Normal notice applies when employment is being terminated due to redundancy.

An employment contract can be terminated at any time by either party, it could be a resignation or dismissal, redundancy or retirement. For a notice to be effective it should be in writing and specify the date of termination.

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