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Notice of termination

(Chapter 13 of the Decree)

The notice of termination is a letter given to the employee advising him that his services will not be needed starting a certain date.

If your employee has at least 3 months of service, you must give him a notice of termination before:

  • A termination of his contract (except in cases of serious fault)
  • A lay-off for a period of 6 months or more.

There is no notice of termination in the case of a lay-off for a period of less than 6 months. But be careful! If the lay-off period is prolonged for more than 6 months, you will then have to pay an amount equivalent to the notice of termination.

Here are the different notices of termination, according to the years of service of the employee:

  • Less than one year of service: notice of one week
  • One to 5 years of service: notice of 2 weeks
  • 5 to 10 years of service: notice of 4 weeks
  • 10 years of service or more: notice of 8 weeks.


If you do not give the written notice of termination, you must pay an equal amount as specified above.