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Hungary: Notice period to employees

Phase: Management
Notice period to employees
Last modified: 17 June, 2019
Izvorno ime:

2012. évi I. törvény a Munka Törvénykönyvéről

Engleski naziv:

Act I of 2012 on the Labour Code


39, sections 68-70


The notice period shall begin at the earliest on the day following the date when the dismissal is communicated. 

Where employment is terminated by the employer, the notice period shall begin at the earliest on the day after the last day of the following periods:

  • duration of incapacity to work due to illness, not to exceed one year following the expiration of the sick leave period;
  • absence from work for the purpose of caring for a sick child; and
  • leave of absence without pay for providing home care for a close relative.

The above rules shall apply in case of collective redundancies if the conditions specified exist at the time when the written notification on the decision regarding collective redundancy is given.

The notice period is 30 days. If employment is terminated by the employer, the 30 day notice period shall be extended by a certain number of days on the basis of the number of years of employment by the employer in question, and namely:

  • 5 days after 3 years of employment by the employer;
  • 15 days after 5 years;
  • 20 days after 8 years;
  • 25 days after 10 years;
  • 30 days after 15 years;
  • 40 days after 18 years; and
  • 60 days after 20 years.

By agreement of the parties, the notice period may be extended by up to six months.

In case of a fixed-term employment relationship, the notice period may not go beyond the fixed term.

In case of collective dismissals, the employer is obliged to initiate a consultation with the employee representatives at least 15 days prior to the decision and pursue it until an agreement is made. Collective dismissals are defined as those affecting at least 10 workers in companies with 21 to 99 employees, affecting 10% of workers in companies with 100 to 299 employees, and at least 30 workers in companies with 300 or more employees.


Collective agreements could foresee notice periods longer than 30 days, if this is to the benefit of the worker.

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National goverment only
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