Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Is there a specific notice period they must give you on termination?
Hi there sorry I was in court by the time you had replied. Looking at the contract each party has the obligation to give the other a month’s notice on termination of employment. You have less than 2 years’ service with this employer so you are not protected against unfair dismissal which means that the employer can dismiss you at any time and for more or less any reason and without following a fair procedure. If you had more than 2 years’ service they would have had to find a fair reason for dismissing you, such as misconduct, redundancy, capability, etc and that may not have allowed them to end your employment straight away and until they have managed to find an appropriate reason for it. However, in the circumstances they do not need a fair reason and can issue you with notice of termination at any time. So the possibility here is that you tell them that you are considering leaving in the near future and in turn they simply issue you with notice of termination straight away, meaning your employment and accommodation benefit would end in a month’s time. To avoid the risk of that happening it is recommended you do not tell them until you know that you are ready to leave the job and property within a month.
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I understand your concerns but you also have to look out for yourselves in this situation and protect your position - you would not be doing anything illegal by doing so and it is just a moral issue, but it may have to be the case here. All the best
Hi Geoff, this may be slightly outside of my area of expertise so you are best advised to post this as a separate query on our site, just as with the original one, and someone who can help you will take this up. Sorry I couldn't help with this