Redundancy notice period in Ireland

30 July 2019

Making an employee redundant isn’t an easy task and many businesses find the topic difficult to deal with. However, there can come a time when you need to let some staff members go.

In this guide, we’ll look at the length of statutory notice periods you have to legally provide to employees who are being made redundant. Remember, if you need any assistance with this topic you can refer to our employment law services. We also have industry-leading human resources to help with managing your business.

Minimum notice period for redundancy in Ireland

It’s a common question we receive from business owners, “How much notice do employers have to give for redundancy?” In the absence of contractual notice periods, the minimum statutory notice period for redundancy are those laid down in the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act, 1973. That's set out below:

  • 13 weeks to 2 years’ service - 1 week.
  • 2 to 5 years’ service - 2 weeks.
  • 5 to 10 years’ service - 4 weeks.
  • 10 to 15 years’ service - 6 weeks.
  • 15 or more years’ service - 8 weeks.

These are the current rates, but you should make sure to keep track of any changes going forward. Employment law and HR changes all the time and there can be minor updates, so be aware of any upcoming changes to Irish laws to help your business streamline the process.

Need further assistance?

If you’re still unsure about how to issue employees with notice of redundancy in Ireland, or how to even approach the process, then get in touch with us today: 1890 252 923.

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