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Hi Ben :)
You are indeed correct that the statutory notice period you are entitled to for 5.5 years' service is 5 weeks. This is a legal right and the employer cannot disapply it, regardless of what the contract says
You simple need to remind the employer that you are legally entitled to receive the 5 weeks and it is not a question of goodwill
The tribunal will know this so this will not be seen as them scoring any bonus points
So strategically - am i right in not wanting to "accept" this as a gesture of good will? or shall i just humour them and say thanks.
oh ok thanks
so i dont need tell them that they have their heads up on their pedistall
will just keep it short and sweet
Just be factual and don't engage in any unnecessary dialogue - say that you are accepting this payment because it is what you are legally entitled to and that any offers of goodwill in the circumstances are misconceived
perfect - thanks again