Notice Period for Terminations by Country

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With terminations, the notice period is the amount of notice an employer needs to give an employee before terminating their contract.

There are several dependencies that determine how much notice an employer needs to give an employee before terminating their contract, such as:

  • The required notice period in the employee’s country of residence
  • Type of contract
  • Employee’s duration of service
  • If the employee is still within their probation period

See also: How to submit a termination request

Each termination is unique and our offboarding team reviews each termination request thoroughly before advising on the next steps. The notice period outlined below is a guide and applies to permanent contracts. It’s advisable to get confirmation from our team first before informing an employee about their termination.
Country Notice Period
EUROPE  
Austria 🇦🇹  • Employment < 2 years: 6 weeks
• Employment with 3 - 5 years: 2 months
• Employment with 6 - 15years: 3 months
• Employment with 16 - 25 years: 4 months
• Employment with > 25 years: 5 months
Belarus 🇧🇾  Minimum: 1/2 month 
Maximum: 3 months
Belgium 🇧🇪 

• Employment < 3 months: 2 weeks
• Employment 3 – 6 months: 4 weeks
• Employment 6 – 9 months: 6 weeks
• Employment 9 – 12 months: 7 weeks
• Employment 12 – 15 months: 8 weeks
• Employment 15 – 18 months: 9 weeks
• Employment 18 – 21 months:: 10 weeks
• Employment 21 – 24 months: 11 weeks
• Employment 24 – 36 months:12 weeks
• Employment 35 – 48 months: 13 weeks
• Employment 48 – 60 months: 15 weeks
• Employment 5 – 19 years: 15 weeks plus 3 weeks for every year exceeding 5 years
• Employment with 20 – 21 years: 60 weeks plus 2 weeks for every year of employment
• Above 21 years of employment: 62 weeks plus 1 week for every year of employment

Bulgaria 🇧🇬  1 month
Croatia 🇭🇷  • Employment with 1 year: 2 weeks
• Employment with 2 years: 6 weeks
• Employment with 5 years: 8 weeks
• Employment with 10 years: 10 weeks
• Employment with > 20 years: 12 weeks
Cyprus 🇨🇾  • Employment with 26 – 51 weeks: 1 week
• Employment with 52 – 103 weeks: 12 weeks
• Employment with 104 – 155 weeks: 14 weeks
• Employment with 156 – 207 weeks: 15 weeks
• Employment with 208 – 259 weeks: 16 weeks
• Employment with 260 – 311 weeks: 17 weeks
• Employment with > 312 weeks: 8 weeks
Czech Republic 🇨🇿  2 months
Denmark 🇩🇰  • Employment < 6 months: 1 month
• Employment 6 months - 3 years: 3 months
• Employment with 3 – 6 years: 4 months
• Employment with 6 – 9 years: 5 months
• Employment with > 10 years: 6 months
Estonia 🇪🇪  • Employment < 1 year: 15 days
• Employment with 1 – 5 years: 30 days
• Employment with 5 – 10 years: 60 days
• Employment with > 10 years: 90 days
Finland 🇫🇮  • Employment < 1 year: 14 days
• Employment with 1 – 4 years: 1 month
• Employment with 4 – 8 years: 2 months
• Employment with 8 – 12 years: 4 months
• Employment with > 10 years: 6 months
France 🇫🇷  • Employment with 6 months – 2 years: 1 month
• Employment with > 2 years: 2 months
• Executives: 3 months
Germany 🇩🇪 

• 0-6 months (Probationary Period): 2 weeks to any day (not restricted to the 15th or end of the month)

• 7+ months but less than 2 years: 4 weeks effective to the 15th or to the end of a calendar month

• Employment with 2 years: 1 month effective to the end of a calendar month
• Employment with 5 years: 2 months effective to the end of a calendar month
• Employment with 8 years: 3 months effective to the end of a calendar month
• Employment with 10 years: 4 months effective to the end of a calendar month
• Employment with 12 years: 5 months effective to the end of a calendar month
• Employment with 15 years: 6 months effective to the end of a calendar month
• Employment with 20 years: 7 month effective to the end of a calendar month

Georgia 🇬🇪  30 days
Greece 🇬🇷  • Employment with 12 months - 2 years: 1 month
• Employment with 2 – 5 years: 2 months
• Employment with 5 – 10 years: 3 months
• Employment with > 10 years: 4 months
Hungary 🇭🇺  Between 30-90 days. The base 30-day notice period is extended based on the amount of time the employee has worked for the company:
• 5 additional days after 3 years of employment
• 15 additional days after 5 years of employment
• 20 additional days after 8 years of employment
• 25 additional days after 10 years of employment
• 30 additional days after 15 years of employment
• 40 additional days after 18 years of employment
• 60 additional days after 20 years of employment
Iceland 🇮🇸  3 months
Ireland 🇮🇪  • Employment with 13 weeks - 2 years: 1 week
• Employment with 2 – 5 years: 2 weeks
• Employment with 5 – 10 years: 4 weeks
• Employment with 10 – 15 years: 6 weeks
• Employment with > 15 years: 8 weeks
Italy 🇮🇹 

The notice period depends on what Level the employee has been classified under. The notice period count can only start from the 1st or the 16th of each month.

• Quadro: 60 days
• Level 1: 60 days
• Level 2: 45 days
• Level 3: 45 days
• Level 4: 20 days
• Level 5: 20 days
• Level 6: 15 days
• Level 7: 15 days

Lithuania 🇱🇹  • Employment with < 1 year: 2 weeks
• Employment with > 1 year: 1 month
• Less than 5 years to retirement age: 2 months
• Employees who raise a child under 14 years old or disabled child under 18 years old, disabled Employees, Employees due to retire in two years or less: 3 months
Luxembourg 🇱🇺  • Employment with < 5 year: 2 months
• Employment with 5 – 10 years: 4 months
• Employment with > 10 years: 6 months
Malta 🇲🇹  During probation period, an employee may be dismissed with one weeks’ notice if they have completed at least 1 month of employment.
• Employment with 1-6 months: 1 week
• Employment with 6 months – 2 years: 2 weeks
• Employment with 2 – 4 years: 4 weeks
• Employment with 4 – 7 years: 8 weeks
• Employment with > 7 years: 8 weeks, plus 1 week for each additional year
Netherlands 🇳🇱  • Employment with < 5 years: 1 month
• Employment with 5 - 10 years: 2 months
• Employment with 10 – 15 years: 3 months
• Employment with > 15 years: 4 months
Norway 🇳🇴  1 months notice period must be provided for all employees regardless of their tenure.
• Employment with > 5 years: 3 months: 2 months
• Employment with > 10 years: 3 months
• Employee over age of 50: 4 months
• Employee over the age of 55: 5 months
• Employee over the age of 60: 5 months
Poland 🇵🇱  • Employment with < 6 months: 1 week
• Employment with 6 months – 3 years: 1 month
• Employment with > 3 years: 3 months
Portugal 🇵🇹  • Employment with < 6 months: 15 days
• Employment with 6 months – 2 years: 30 days
• Employment with > 2 years: 60 days
Romania 🇷🇴  20 days
Slovakia 🇸🇰  • Employment with < 1 year: 1 month
• Employment with 1 – 5 years: 2 months
• Employment with > 5 years: 3 months
Spain 🇪🇸  Depends on the reason for dismissal and the collective bargaining agreement.
For objective dismissals due to observed ineptitude, inability to adapt to technological changes or economic, technical or organization grounds, the company has to provide 15 days prior notice.
Sweden 🇸🇪  Depend on the specifics of the employment contract. Usually begin at 1 month and go up to 6 months for the most tenured employees. In certain circumstances, employees may be terminated without notice.
Switzerland 🇨🇭  While Switzerland has at-will employment, notice periods are common in employment contracts. Notice periods generally range from one to three months depending on seniority, tenure, and industry.
Turkey 🇹🇷  • Employment 0 – 6 months: 2 weeks
• Employment 6 – 18 months: 4 weeks
• Employment 18 – 36 months: 6 weeks
• Employment 36+ months: 8 weeks
United Kingdom 🇬🇧  • Employment up to 4 years: 1 month
• Employment with 5 – 11 years: 1 week per employment year
• Employment with > 12 years: 3 months
Ukraine 🇺🇦  • Organizational or economic reasons (bankruptcy, liquidation,...): 2 months
• Unsatisfactory probatory performance: 3 days
Other Reasons:
• Employment up to 4 years: 1 month
• Employment with 5 – 11 months: 1 week per each employment year
• Employment with > 12 years: 3 months
   
NORTH AMERICA  
Canada 🇨🇦  Employees are usually entitled to notice (or pay in lieu of notice) when being terminated. Notice periods vary based on age, experience, tenure, and availability of other work options.
Mexico 🇲🇽  There is no officially stipulated notice period.
United States 🇺🇸  There is no officially stipulated notice period.
   
LATIN AMERICA   
Argentina 🇦🇷  • During the probationary period: 15 days
• Employment with < 5 years: 1 month
• Employment with > 5 years: 2 months
Bolivia 🇧🇴  There is no officially stipulated notice period.
Brazil 🇧🇷  • Employment with < 1 year: 30 days
• Employment with > 1 year: Increase 3 days per year, up to a maximum of 90 days
Chile 🇨🇱  30 days
Colombia 🇨🇴  • Termination with Just Cause: 0
• Termination Fixed-term expiration: 30 days
• Permanent Employment with poor performance dismissal: 15 days
Costa Rica 🇨🇷  • Employment with < 3 months: 0
• Employment with 3 – 6 months: 1 week
• Employment with 6 – 12 months: 15 days
• Employment with > 1 year: 1 month
Dominican Republic 🇩🇴  • Employment with 3 – 6 months: 7 days
• Employment with 6 – 12 months: 14 days
• Employment > 1 year: 28 days
Ecuador 🇪🇨  There is no officially stipulated notice period.
Honduras 🇭🇳

Termination with just cause: 0

Termination without cause:

  • Employees with less than 2 months of employment (during Notice period) – not applicable;
  • 2 - 3 months: 24-hour notice
  • 3 - 6 months: 1 week
  • 6 months - 1 year: 2 weeks
  • 1 - 2 years: 1 month
  • More than 2 years: 2 months
Panama 🇵🇦  Termination with just cause: 0
Termination without cause: 30 days
Paraguay 🇵🇾  1 day
Peru 🇵🇪  Termination with Just Cause: 0
Termination Without Cause: 30 days
Uruguay 🇺🇾  There is no officially stipulated notice period.
   
AFRICA  
Kenya 🇰🇪  At least 28 days of notice, or payment can be made in lieu of notice.
Morocco 🇲🇦  For executive staff:
• Employment with < 1 year: 1 month
• Employment with 1 – 5 years: 2 months
• Employment with > 5 years: 3 months
Non-executive staff:
• Employment with < 1 year: 8 days
• Employment with 1 – 5 years: 1 month
• Employment with > 5 years: 2 months
South Africa 🇿🇦  • Employment with < 6 months: 1 week
• Employment with 6 months - 1 year: 2 weeks
• Employment > 1 year: 4 weeks
   
ASIA PACIFIC  
Australia 🇦🇺  • Employment with < 1 year: 1 week
• Employment with 1-3 years: 2 weeks
• Employment with 3-5 years: 3 weeks
• Employment with > 5 years: 5 weeks
Employees over the age of 45 who have been employed for at least two years are entitled to an additional week’s notice.
Cambodia   
Hong Kong 🇭🇰  During Probation period:
• Employment with < 1 month: 0
• Employment with > 1 month (Contract makes provision of notice): Notice is as per agreement
• Employment with > 1 month (Contract doesn't makes provision of notice): Not less than 7 days
After Probation Period:
• Contract makes provision: Notice period is as per agreement, not less than 7 days
• Contract does not make provision: Notice period not less than 1 month
India 🇮🇳  • Employment > 3 months: 30 days
No notice is required for termination for misconduct.
Indonesia 🇮🇩  There is no notice stipulated notice period but employers are generally expected to provide 30-days advance notice.
Malaysia 🇲🇾  There is no officially stipulated notice period.
Mongolia 🇲🇳  
New Zealand 🇳🇿  Employers must give an appropriate amount of notice as listed in the employment agreement. Depending on the nature of the role, 4 weeks' notice is often considered fair.
Pakistan 🇵🇰 Workers may be terminated on notice, or without notice for misconduct. 
The Philippines 🇵🇭  1 month
South Korea 🇰🇷  
Singapore 🇸🇬  • Employment with < 26 weeks: 1 day
• Employment with 26 weeks - 2 years: 1 week
• Employment with 2 years - 5 years: 2 weeks
• Employment > 5 years: 4 weeks
Sri Lanka 🇱🇰  
Taiwan 🇹🇼  • Employment with 3 months - 1 year: 10 days
• Employment with 1 - 3 years: 20 days
• Employment with > 3 years: 30 days
Vietnam   
MIDDLE EAST   
Armenia 🇦🇲  • During Probationary period: 3 days
• Termination Mutual Agreement: 7 days
• Termination due to change in the essential terms of the employment: 14-60 days of notice, depending on tenure.
• Termination Fixed-term end: 10 days
Egypt 🇪🇬  
Israel 🇮🇱 

• Employment with < 6 months: 1 day per each month
• Employment with 6 months - 1 year: 2.5 days per each month (In addition to the six days accumulated)
• Employment > 1 year: 30 days

Disclaimer:

Please be advised that the information provided is for general guidance only and should not be considered legal advice. Clients are strongly encouraged to first contact the Offboarding Team for expert guidance and assistance in navigating the intricate landscape of termination requirements before speaking to the employee. Consulting with our offboarding team is imperative to ensure compliance with local employment standards legislation and clearly understand the stipulated termination payout requirements. Your proactive engagement with our Offboarding Team is vital to making informed decisions and adhering to all relevant regulations.

 

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