4. Notice periods

You must be given a notice period before your employment ends.

The statutory redundancy notice periods are:

  • at least one week’s notice if employed between one month and 2 years
  • one week’s notice for each year if employed between 2 and 12 years
  • 12 weeks’ notice if employed for 12 years or more

Check your contract. Your employer may give you more than the statutory minimum, but they can’t give you less.

Notice pay

As well as statutory redundancy pay, your employer should either:

  • pay you through your notice period
  • pay you in lieu of notice depending on your circumstances

Payment in lieu of notice

Payment in lieu of notice is money paid to you by your employer as an alternative to being given your full notice.

This means that your contract can be ended without any notice.

You must get all of the basic pay you would have received during the notice period. You may get extras such as pension contributions or private health care insurance if they’re in your contract.

To do this you must have a payment in lieu of notice clause in your employment contract. If it’s not in your contract and you’re paid in lieu you must receive full basic pay, plus compensation for any benefits you would have got during the notice period.