Employees dismissed by their employer are generally entitled to notice that their employment is being terminated. Employers can provide a dismissed employee with working notice, where the employee is expected to continue reporting to work during the notice period, or pay in lieu of notice, or a combination of working notice and pay in lieu.
The amount of notice an employer has to provide a dismissed employee varies, and it depends on several factors. The most common factors include the employee’s age, length of service, nature of employment, and the availability of similar employment. It will also depend on whether there is a severance clause in the employment contract, and whether it is enforceable.