What are the employment notice periods?

In most cases, where an employee or employer wishes to terminate an employment contract, notice should be given providing a clear indication of the date of termination.

Notice periods can be statutory or contractual. Statutory notice is the minimum period that can be provided. The statutory notice periods are set out in s 86 of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

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Collective redundancy and ‘at one establishment’

In the case of USDAW and others v Ethel Austin Ltd (in administration) and another case [2013] UKEAT/0547 (also referred to as the ‘Woolworths case’) the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) overturned the decision of an employment tribunal in finding that the words ‘at one establishment’ in s 188(1) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidations) Act 1992 (TULCRA) are to be disregarded in the context of a collective consultancy.

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