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What notice periods must be observed?

The law prescribes a notice period of four weeks to the 15th or to the end of a calendar month. Unless your employment contract or a collective agreement stipulates otherwise, this also applies to you. The period begins with the day after receipt of the notice of termination. The full four weeks must then elapse between the first day after receipt of the termination and the end of the employment. The day on which the notice of termination was received is not counted.

Attention: If you work longer at a company, the employer's statutory notice period is extended. Check your employment contract or the collective agreement in force. If you are unsure which notice periods apply to you, contact a Fair Integration advice centre.

There are exceptional cases where the time limits are shorter. For example during the probationary period.