Contractual notice

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Contractual notice

A recent case - Dr T Wang v University of Keele - resulted in a judgment that means employers can give contractual notice to an employee - whether orally, in writing or electronically - knowing that the notice period will start the day after the notice was issued.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal said that this applies unless there is a contractual clause to the contrary, even if the notice is served out of office hours.

Employers need to take note because this case could have a bearing on timings where they do not want an employee to gain 'unfair dismissal' rights after one year's service. Prudent employers will include a clause in the employment contract stating that a notice period starts immediately (rather than at any other point, including the next day).

This was first published in June 2011

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