Include a notice periods clause in an employment contract

Key points

  • An employment contract should include a notice periods clause so that both parties are clear about how much notice they are required to give to terminate the contract.
  • The employer should ensure that the notice that it is required to give the employee under the contract is at least the statutory minimum period, otherwise the notice clause will be overridden by the statutory provisions.
  • When deciding on the length of the notice periods, the employer should take into account various factors, including the seniority of the role.

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