The notice period that an employer must give to an employee should be stated in the employment contract. As an employer, you must ensure, that as a minimum, the following notice periods are provided to your employees:
You could provide employees with more notice in the employment contract, if you wish, but it must not be any less than the above.
An employee employed for one month or more need give only one week’s notice when resigning, unless the contract states otherwise.
In cases of gross misconduct neither statutory or contractual notice needs to be given.
Employers must ensure that the required notice period is given. If no notice is given or the incorrect amount of notice is given, an employee can claim for wrongful dismissal at the Employment Tribunal.
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