What are the employee's rights to notice before dismissal ?
This will usually be explained in the contract.
If it is not or if the employee does not have a contract the law says that:
a) An employee is entitled to a minimum of 1 weeks' notice of dismissal if they have worked continuously for 1 month, but less than 2 years.
b) After 2 years' employment a further 1 weeks' notice is required for each whole year of continuous employment.
This carries on with 1 weeks' notice for every year up to 12 years. This is the maximum under employment law, no matter how many years an employee works over 12 years this is what the law states is the maximum notice period.
It is important to remember that this is the minimum protection only, the employee's contract might allow a longer period of notice.
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