Know Your Rights: Leaving Your Job

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Know Your Rights has been compiled by Kerry Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public…

Question:  How much notice should I give when I leave a job?

Answer: Generally, your contract will state the amount of notice you need to give when you are leaving a job. If it does not, then you must give at least one week’s notice.

What about my annual leave?

Your employer must pay you for any days you have not taken.

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Does my employer have to give me a reference?

No, not legally – unless it is specifically stated in your contract (but most contracts of employment do not include the right to a reference when you leave). However, if your employer does give references for some employees then they should do it for all employees, without discrimination.

My reference was unfair and I didn’t get the job because of this.

If you believe your reference was unfair and caused you loss, you may be able to sue your former employer for negligence. However, you must be able to prove that the reference caused you a loss – for example, that your job offer was withdrawn as a result.

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Telephone Kerry Citizens Information Service  0818 07 7860  (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm)
National Phone Service 0818 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).
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