What is a Notice Period on a Job Application?

If you are a job seeker or fresh graduate, you are going to search for a job you need to read and know a lot of information about the notice period for a job.

What is the notice period?

The notice period is the amount of time that the employee has to give to his company before his resignation and also is an amount of time the employee gives it to the employer before the termination of the contract.

An employer can also choose to leave earlier than what your contract says, be careful that if this happens you may be able to claim unfair dismissal.

How much time do I need to give notice before leaving?

You must check and make sure about your contract, what’s inside it, your contract is for one year, two years or more this very important for any employee to check.

After checking your contract to find out how much notice you need to give if your contract doesn’t make it clear.

If you have been employed for one month or more so the minimum to give notice is one week. But if you have been checked your contract and found the notice period is clear you have to give the notice at this time.

If you are in a very senior role, for example, think about what the industry standard might be for someone in your position.

What notice you are entitled to?

  • One month to two years: You should give one week notice.
  • Two or more than years: You must give one week notice for every year worked (max 12 weeks).

For example:

If you have worked for five years in any company so you will give 5 weeks notice.

What is pay in lieu of notice?

When you give your employer the notice period before leaving you will receive a payment in lieu of notice, this is a one-off payment given in place of your notice.

But, your company or employer can only do this if your contract says so or you agree to it. If it isn’t and you don’t want this you can work through this period instead.

For example:

-You will receive the one-off payment immediately. this will be the same amount you would have gained by working during your notice period.

-If your resignation period was one month and your employer offered you pay in lieu of notice, you would be compensated for a month’s salary.

-This would also cover your holiday entitlement like commission and compensation for the loss of benefits such as personal use of company car.

What is the meaning of ‘leave garden’?

During your time between job. After your notice period. Your employer can ask you not to work at the office you can work at home or at any place else rather than a company. This is called ‘leave garden’ and it happens with seniors only.

It protects the employer by restricting your access to clients, colleagues. And this is doesn’t mean that you are on holiday or vacation you have to be ready if your employer changes his mind and needs you back to the office or to return to work at the company.

Restrictive covenants

Your contract with the company may have some terms that you cannot work with the competitors, have contact with customers, or smart similar business for a period of time after you leave your company terms like these are called (Restrictive covenants).

At this point we are talking seriously if you broke the terms of the contract, the company can send you to court.

What you are entitled to during the notice period?

You are entitled to take the same salary as before during your notice period. Even if you are sick or on holiday, or on maternity so you are entitled to the same things as you are working.

If your employer gives you less notice period that you are legally entitled so in this case try to talk to your manager and solve the problem informally.

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