Minimum Notice

Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts

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Employees are entitled to statutory minimum notice or pay in lieu except where they are dismissed for misconduct. The statutory entitlements to minimum notice are based on periods of continuous service and are as follows:


  • 13 weeks -2 Yrs
  •  2 – 5 years
  •  5 -10 years
  •  10-15 years
  •  over 15 years


  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 4 weeks
  • 6 weeks
  • 8 weeks

An employee must give an employer at least one week’s notice unless the employment contract specifies to the contrary.

Employers and employees may agree longer periods of notice.

Procedures and Enforcement

Redress for breach of the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973 to 2001 is obtained by application to the Employment Appeals Tribunal.