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Hi there, please could I ask your advice? My husband has been employed with the same company for 14 months. He has a contract stating that a 3 month notice period is required if (a)my husband resigns or (b) if they end his contract. If my husband resigns and they do not want him to work his notice, are they obliged to pay him in full his salary for the 3 months? If, on the other hand they dismiss him (a comment was made at a board meeting in front of shareholders that they expected him to produce a figure of £60,000 from sales, which is totally unrealistic in the industry he is in by the end of November) and again, they do not want him to work his notice are they obliged to still pay him his 3 months salary.? Having not been in this position before, we would like clarity on this if at all pooible. Having had no indication of there being a problem before now i.e. No 121's with management, no warnings whether formal or not, this has come as somewhat as a bolt out of the blue. Any assistance given would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
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Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today.

Has your husband been informed that he would be dismissed? If so, please can you advise on what grounds his employer wishes to dismiss him? I am unable to talk at the moment but please do provide this information so that I can advise. Thank you

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Ben,
This is Jason, my wife made the initial contact. No I have not been told I will be dismissed but this was alluded to by the comments made during the board meeting (in my wife's' initial email regarding the comment of £60,000 to be made in sales by November) Therefore, I believe it is in my best interest to resign to help with future job prospects. My question is, if I hand my notice in, which has a 3 month period on either side written into my contract, are my employers obliged to pay me the 3 months in full if they ask me to leave immediately and not work my notice? Also, am I right in saying you are an American company and if so, would the employment law be the same ove here in the UK?Regards,Jason.

Hi there Jason. Thank you for your response and explanation. I will review the relevant information and laws and will get back to you at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to wait here as you will receive an email when I have responded. Also, please do not responded to this message as it will just push your question to the back of the queue and you may experience unnecessary delays. Thank you.

Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, I experienced some temporary connection issues and could not get back on the site until now. All appears to be resolved now so I can continue dealing with your query.

Just to clarify at the outset, our company is originally from the US but we also have a UK branch and I am a UK solicitor so will respond based on UK law.

Under your contract you have the right to a 3 month notice period, whether you resign or are dismissed by the employer. So if notice of termination has been issued by either side, generally you would be expected to work through your notice period. There is an option known as ‘payment in lieu of notice’ where the employer can pay an employee the equivalent of their notice period pay and not require them to work the full period, basically terminating them with immediate effect. Ideally there should be a clause allowing them to do so in the contract as in the absence of such, it could amount to a breach of contract. Saying that, as long as the employer pays you for anything you would have accrued during that time, they should mitigate the effects of such a potential breach.

Therefore, whether there is a payment in lieu of notice clause or not the employer can decide to terminate your contract immediately and not require you to work your notice period but they must ensure that they pay you for the pay and benefits you would have worked had you been allowed to work that notice period. Failure to do so would mean that they are acting in breach of contract and allow you to pursue them for the amount owed.

This is your basic legal position. I have more detailed advice for you in terms of the options you have to take this further in the event they do not pay you what you are due, which I wish to discuss so please take a second to leave a positive rating for the service so far (by selecting 3, 4 or 5 stars) and I can continue with that and answer any further questions you may have. Don’t worry, there is no extra cost and leaving a rating will not close the question and we can continue this discussion. Thank you

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