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The period of advance notice that an employer or an employee must give to the other side before terminating an employment contract. In the UK, the Contracts of Employment Act 1963 established the principle that employees were entitled to a minimum period of notice before dismissal. The current provisions are set out in the Employment Rights Act 1996 and stipulate one week's notice for employees with less than two years' service (provided the employee has at least one month's continuous service) and, for employees with longer service, one week for each year up to a maximum of twelve weeks. The contract of employment may provide for a longer period of notice, but a contract cannot override the statutory minimum. If an employee is dismissed without proper notice, he or she can take a claim for wrongful dismissal to an Employment Tribunal. [See dismissal with notice.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management — Law.

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