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Estonia: Notice period to employees

Estonia
Phase: Management
Type:
Notice period to employees
Last modified: 06 June, 2019
Native name:

Töölepingu seadus

English name:

Employment Contracts Act

Article

97, 100, 103

Description

An employer must give an employee advance notice of extraordinary cancellation which depends on the time the employee’s employment relationship with the employer has lasted:

  • less than one year of employment – no less than 15 calendar days;
  • one to five years of employment – no less than 30 calendar days;
  • five to ten years of employment – no less than 60 calendar days;
  • ten and more years of employment – no less than 90 calendar days.

These requirements also cover collective redundancies (within 30 days, dismissals of at least 5 employees in companies with up to 19 staff, of at least 10 in firms with 20-99 staff, of at least 10% in companies with 100-299 staff or of at least 30 in larger companies), but the period shall not be shorter than 30 calendar days from the point in time when the employer has informed the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund about the collective redundancy. 

An employer may cancel an employment contract without adhering to the term for advance notice if, considering all circumstances and mutual interests, it cannot be reasonably demanded that the performance of the contract be continued until the expiry of the agreed term or term for advance notice (including bankruptcy).

If an employer wishes to terminate the employment contract with immediate effect, he/she may choose to remunerate the advance notice period in money.

Comments

According to the Employment Contract Survey, 62-75% of employees made redundant estimated that they were noticed according to their rights (Masso et al, 2013).

Cost covered by
Not applicable
Involved actors other than national government
  • Public employment service
Thresholds
19
5
Sources
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