Does an employee’s notice period increase with their tenure? 

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 4 July 2016
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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An employee shall be entitled to the longer of either the notice period as set out in their contract of employment or the minimum entitlement set out in the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973–2015.

In order to be entitled to the statutory minimum, the employee must have been working for his/her employer for at least 13 weeks. Once the employee has worked for the employer for 13 weeks, the amount of notice he/she is entitled to by law will depend on how long he/she has been working for the employer.

Duration of employment

Minimum notice

13 weeks to 2 years

1 week

2 years to 5 years

2 weeks

5 years to 10 years

4 weeks

10 years to 15 years


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