Statutory Notice Periods too short say HR professionals

September 2004
Management Services;Sep2004, Vol. 48 Issue 9, p4
This article provides information on a survey conducted by Croner, one of the leading providers of business information and advice in Great Britain, about the country's statutory notice periods. The survey found that an almost equal number of respondents thought 4-8 weeks and 2-4 weeks was the right length of notice to serve. Only 12 percent of those surveyed via Croner's web site felt that notice periods should be less than two weeks, while at the other extreme, a further 12 percent said 8-12 weeks was the right amount of time. Over three months was favored by the remaining two percent. Statutory requirements call for employers to give an employee at least one week's notice if the employee has been employed by the employer continuously for one month, rising to at least two weeks' notice if the employee has given two year's service. One additional week's notice must be given for each further complete year of service. At least 12 weeks' notice must be given if the employee has been employed by the employer continuously for 12 years or more. Peter Etherington, employment law expert at Croner, which is a division of Wolters Kluwer UK, believes the survey results reflect the wide variety of experiences with notice periods that different firms and individuals have.


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