Can an employer require its employees to give more notice to terminate their contracts than it is required to give?
An employer can require its employees to give longer notice to terminate their contracts than it is required to give provided that the employees' notice requirements are clearly set out in the contract of employment. The employer must also meet the statutory minimum notice requirements set out in s.86 of the Employment Rights Act 1996. Most employers require employees to give the same notice as they are entitled to receive. Indeed, many employees would not agree to a contractual clause requiring them to give a longer notice period than the employer is required to give them, on the grounds that they would not wish to be tied to a longer notice period than the employer.