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Notice of Termination to Employees

What does the Law say about giving notice of termination to employees?
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Termination of an employment may take various forms, such as dismissal, retrenchments, resignation, retirement, desertion or abscondments and when there is an agreement between employer and employee to mutually terminate the employment relationship.

Section 37 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act states that the following notice periods must be served when terminating the employment relationship:
* One week, if the employee is employed for four weeks or less;
* Two weeks, if the employee is employed for more than four weeks but not more than one year;
* Four weeks, if the employee is employed for more than a year; or is a farm or domestic worker who is employed for more than four weeks.

A collective agreement may allow a shorter notice period than what is required by the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, but there can be no such agreement to require an employee to work a longer notice period than that is required by the Act.

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