Termination of employment

What is termination of employment?

Termination of employment refers to the severance of an employee’s relationship with their employer. This can occur for a variety of reasons, including resignation, retirement, layoff, or dismissal. Termination can be voluntary or involuntary, and may be initiated by either the employer or the employee. When an employee is terminated, they may be entitled to certain benefits or severance pay as outlined by their employment contract or local labour laws.

What notice is required for terminating employment?

In Australia, the notice required for terminating employment depends on the employee’s length of service with the employer. The notice periods are as follows:

  • For employees with less than one month of service, no notice is required.
  • For employees who have been employed for more than one month but less than one year, one week’s notice is required.
  •  For employees who have been employed for one year or more, the notice period is based on the length of service, ranging from one week to four weeks or more.

Employers and employees can also agree on a different notice period in their employment contract, as long as it meets or exceeds the minimum notice periods set out in the Fair Work Act 2009.

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Read more: 

A Comprehensive Guide to Unfair Dismissal

A Guide to ETP (Employment Termination Payments)