Minimum Notice

What notice do I have to be given that my employment is coming to end?

The Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973 to 2005 provides that employees in continuous service with the same employer for at least 13 weeks are entitled to a minimum period of notice before their employer may dismiss them. This also apples if you decide to quit your job.

The notice periods are based on your service with your employer and are as follows:

Service                                                                                       Notice Required

13 weeks to less than 2 years 1 week
2 years to less than 5 years 2 weeks
5 years to less than 10 years 4 weeks
10 years to less than 15 years 6 weeks
More than 15 years 8 weeks


What if I want to leave my job, what notice must I give?

This will be stipulated in your contract of employment or as laid out above.

Can this notice period vary?

According to the legislation the notice period can never be less that what is laid out above, however it can be more on both the employer and employee side. Again, refer to your contract of employment for the specifics.

Are there any circumstances where no notice is required to be given?

The Act does not affect the right of an employer or employee to terminate a contract of employment without notice due to the misconduct of the other party.

I am a part-time worker, am I entitled to notice that my employment is coming to an end?

Yes. Part-time workers, regardless of the number of hours worked, are also covered by the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973 to 2005.

If I decide to quit my job, can I use my annual leave as part of a notice period?

Unless the employer agrees otherwise no, the employer is not obliged to accept this. The employer can insist that you work your notice in line with your contract and length of service and any annual leave will be paid at the end of that notice period.