An employee is required by law to give their employer notice of their decision to leave their employment. The length of the notice required of an employee depends on the terms of their contract of employment and also the minimum notice stipulated by law, namely the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973 (as amended).
If you have been in the continuous service of your employer for less than two years, the minimum notice required is one week.
If you have been in the continuous service of your employer for two years or more but less than five years, the minimum notice required is two weeks.
If you have been in the continuous service of your employer for five years or more but less than ten years then four weeks’ notice is required.
If you have been in the continuous employment of your employer for ten years or more, but less than fifteen years, then six weeks’ notice is required.
If an employee’s contract of employment provides for a certain period of notice that is greater than that set out under the Minimum Notice Acts, then generally an employee should comply with their contractual notice. If an employee’s contract of employment is silent on notice, then the provisions of the Minimum Notice Acts will apply.
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