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Is this the notice period that your employer must give you to terminate your employment?
The notice period will not affect anything else in relation to your employment rights. It is treated separately and only affects how long you get before your job is terminated, either by you or the employer. Of course it also means you will get less pay as a notice period as you will only get paid for a month rather than 3 months. It does not affect your rights to redundancy pay, holidays, sick pay, anything else really – all it relates to is what notice you get on termination.
However, when it comes to notice periods on termination, employees are entitled to a minimum notice period by law. This is defined in statute and cannot be overridden by anyone, regardless of whether it is in your contract or not. The statutory minimum notice period you are entitled to on termination is 1 week for every full year of continuous employment with the employer, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. This is the legal minimum you must be given – the employer may choose to give you more than that but they cannot give you less, otherwise they will be breaking the law. They could reduce the notice period that you need to give to a month, but they cannot reduce the notice period they must give to below the minimum.
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