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QUICK HELP PLEASE! Need answer to a quick question about notice period if not signed a contract

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MamaG Mon 29-Jun-09 09:34:26

My sister is going to hand in her notice today, contract states 3months notice but she never actually signed it. Can she just give one month? She's a dentist if that makes any difference

TIA. I've told her to hang fire until I get advice grin

BennyAndJoon Mon 29-Jun-09 09:49:04

How long has she been working there? I think that may make a difference.

How come she never signed the contract?

flowerybeanbag Mon 29-Jun-09 10:35:25

Depends. Not signing it doesn't necessarily mean she hasn't accepted the terms of the contract.

If she received the contract a few days ago, and hasn't signed it, then fine. If she received it months ago, didn't sign it but didn't protest about the terms and conditions, instead just carried on working as normal, then her employer could say she accepted the proposed terms.

If she received it, didn't sign it and notified her employer that she wasn't going to sign it, and wasn't happy with the terms and conditions then that's different.

Can you say any more?

ruddynorah Mon 29-Jun-09 10:38:23

once she's actually started working then she's accepted the terms and conditions of her employment by default as it were, unless she's actually recorded a protest to some part of it.

if a suitable replacement for her can be found quickly it may be that her employer will negotiate with her so she can go early. if not and she goes anyway she could be deemed in breach of contract, which may cause problems with future references.

MamaG Mon 29-Jun-09 11:12:32

Well her text to me just said "never got around to signing contract as wanted something changing"

I will try to contact her
thanks for replies

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