For the counter-notice to be legally valid it must be submitted within a specific time period:
- If there is no contract of employment and, in turn, no contractual notice period, the request must be submitted within the employee's statutory notice period, which is 1 week for every full year of service, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. For example, an employee with 4 years' service will have a 4-week statutory notice period, whereas one with 20 years’ service will only have 12 weeks as their statutory notice period
- If there is a contract and it contains a contractual notice period – the counter notice must be issued within that notice period.
The counter notice letter should take the following form:
- be dated and contain the employee’s name and address
- it should be headed ‘Redundancy Counter Notice’
- state the following: “I have been issued with an official redundancy dismissal date of (insert date). I have now been successful in finding another job and I would request that my contract is to end on (insert proposed leaving date). Please confirm that you accept this as my date of termination".