Notice Period “Effective From”

2018-06-05 17:04:35

So I've accepted a job offer and will be handing my notice in at work this week. However I've just found this clause in my contract:

Either party can terminate this agreement by giving four (4) weeks prior notice, effective at the end of a calendar month.

Does this mean I have to hand my notice in at the end of the month? If I hand my notice in on the 15th June, do I have to work till the end of July?

Does this mean I have to hand my notice in at the end of the month?

No. You can hand in your notice at any point in time.

If I hand my notice in on the 15th June, do I have to work till the

end of July?

No. You need to work until four weeks from the end of June. Presumably that means July 27 or 28 is your last day, depending on your normal work week.

You may also be able to leave earlier, if both you and your employer agree.

Does this mean I have to hand my notice in at the end of the month? If

I hand my notice in on the 15th June, do I h

  • Does this mean I have to hand my notice in at the end of the month?

    No. You can hand in your notice at any point in time.

    If I hand my notice in on the 15th June, do I have to work till the

    end of July?

    No. You need to work until four weeks from the end of June. Presumably that means July 27 or 28 is your last day, depending on your normal work week.

    You may also be able to leave earlier, if both you and your employer agree.

    2018-06-05 17:26:04
  • Does this mean I have to hand my notice in at the end of the month? If

    I hand my notice in on the 15th June, do I have to work till the end

    of July?

    No. In contract law, ambiguous clauses are interpreted on the basis of contra proferentem. The principle of contra proferentem provides that the interpretation to be adopted (on an ambiguous or unclear clause) is the one which favors the party who did not draft the contract.

    The clause you mention allows the reasonable interpretation that, as long as the last day of a calendar month has passed since you gave your notice, you may terminate the agreement as soon as the four weeks elapse.

    2018-06-05 17:48:13
  • A end of a calendar month means you have to give one month, e.g. if you resign at the 15th of June, your last day will be the 14th of July.

    See Duhaime's Law Dictionary - Calendar Month Definition

    A period from a specified day in one month to the day numerically

    corresponding to that day in the following month, less one. Generally,

    when the word month is used in the context of a legal deadline, it

    means a calendar month.

    2018-06-05 17:51:15
  • Either party can terminate this agreement by giving four (4) weeks prior notice, effective at the end of a calendar month.

    This means that you have to put in your notice on the last day of the month, and work for another month before you can leave. You cannot hand in your notice on July 15th, as it is not the end of the calendar month.

    2018-06-05 17:51:19