View Poll Results: How long is your notice period?
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Notice period - poll

Old Sep 28th 2011, 8:48 am
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Wondered what most people have as a notice period here...?
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Old Sep 28th 2011, 11:56 am
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Interesting topic.

In virtually ALL UK contracts, the employer does not have a right to terminate for convenience, only a right in the event of the employee's default. That prevents employers just ditching people for any old reason; and that is in line with the concept of redundancy, in that its not the employee who is redundant, but the position, and therefore an employer cannot make an employee redundant--just to get rid of him--and then employ someone else to do the same job.

If a UK employer unfairly dismisses someone, there are various remedies open to the courts, including reinstatement (albeit in limited circumstances).

UAE Labour Law, in effect, allows the employer to terminate with one (or three?) months notice for convenience, with maximum compensation for the employee of three months' salary. In practice this gives no security of employment for an employee, and entitlement to compensation equal only to pay for his notice period: very different from the situation in the UK.
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Old Sep 28th 2011, 12:21 pm
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6 months either side. However assuming I remain with the company, that would be flexible depending how quickly I appoint my successor and move on.

If I chose to work for a competitor, I would imagine it would be shortened to suit me and the company. Companies view is that I would use the 6 months to take sensitive information to use at my new employers, which is ridiculous since I would have already taken it before resigning
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And how about for all those of us employed by local companies--has anyone succeeded (or even tried) to remove your employer's right to terminate, in effect, at will?

And if you tried but didn't succeed, did you manage to reduce your risk in some other way, eg by negotiating a longer notice period?
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3 months notice period + a clause in my contract that I cannot work for a competitor for 36 yes 36 months after my employment stops..... I wonder how enforceable that would be?
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3 months notice period + a clause in my contract that I cannot work for a competitor for 36 yes 36 months after my employment stops..... I wonder how enforceable that would be?
In very simple terms not very. Restrictive covenants/non-competes are incredibly hard to enforce in the UAE. For there to be any chance of it being enforced it would need to be for no more than 12 months and be very specific i.e. moving to a competitor and taking on the same role as you currently perform with your existing employer or the like.
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Originally Posted by kittycat1
3 months notice period + a clause in my contract that I cannot work for a competitor for 36 yes 36 months after my employment stops..... I wonder how enforceable that would be?
That's pants, especially in your industry.
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@ bahtatboy- very good!
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Four weeks notice for me.
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I once worked for a company that stated that i couldn't work in the industry (telecoms), within Europe for 2 months after i left. I took legal advice before i signed the contract and was told that it was unenforceable, so i signed it. In the event i moved into finance so it wasn't an issue.
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