What are the statutory notice periods?



In South Africa, the notice period for termination of employment is governed by the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and may vary depending on the length of service of the employee and the terms of their employment contract.

The statutory notice periods for termination of employment in South Africa are as follows:

  • Employed for 6 months or less: No notice period is required.
  • Employed for more than 6 months but less than 1 year: 1 week's notice period is required.
  • Employed for 1 year or more: At least 4 weeks' notice period is required.

However, it is important to note that an employment contract may provide for a longer notice period, and in such cases, the longer notice period will apply. Similarly, some collective agreements or bargaining council agreements may also provide for longer notice periods.

If an employee is dismissed for misconduct, poor performance, or incapacity, the employer is not required to give notice. However, the dismissal must be in accordance with fair labor practices and the requirements of the Labour Relations Act.

It is important to review your employment contract and the relevant legislation to ensure that you are aware of your rights and obligations regarding notice periods.

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