The Minimum Notice Acts 1973 to 2005 ensure that every employee who has been in the continuous employment of his or her employer for at least 13 weeks is entitled to a minimum notice period before you, as the employer, may dismiss that employee. The statutory period varies depending on the length of service (outlined below). It is essential to note that if you do not require the employee to work out their notice you, as the employer, are obliged to pay the employee for the applicable period.
- If the employment lasted between 13 weeks and 2 years the Acts provide that you should pay the employee one week's notice before termination of employment
- If the length of service is between 2 and 5 years then the notice period must be 2 weeks
- For 5 to 10 years then the appropriate notice is 4 weeks
- From 10 to 15 years then 6 weeks’ notice must be given
- For more than 15 years the employee is entitled to a notice period of 8 weeks.
- Members of the Permanent Defence Forces (except temporary staff in the Army Nursing Service
- Members of An Garda Síochán
- Seamen signing on under the Merchant Shipping Ac
- The immediate family of the employer (provided they live with the employer and work in the same private house or farm
- Established civil servants
- information provision in relation to employment, equality and Industrial Relations rights and obligations
- the receipt and registration of all complaints referred to the five Workplace Relations Bodies, and
- dealing with enquiries concerning all complaints.
From 3rd January 2012 all complaints to the Workplace Relations Bodies have been channelled through Workplace Relations Customer Services, where they are registered, acknowledged and referred to the relevant adjudication body.