In a recent case an employee was bound by the employment agreement to give three months notice of resignation.  A term of notice this long is quite common for professionals or senior executives.

In this case the employee was a chef working in a factory.  Unfortunately the Employment Relations Authority has no power to vary an unusually long notice period and the employee had to comply.

Employers can recover damages if the right notice period is not worked, so employees need to watch out when signing up to agreements that they know what they are getting into.

If you need help to negotiate your way out of an employment agreement (or to enforce one) give me a call on (04) 473 6850.