Unless there is mutual permission, termination must be in writing. If an employee is terminated for egregious misconduct, he or she must be told within 48 hours after the occurrence of evidence of the same.
Unlawful termination can result in damages ranging from three to six months' salary for the injured person, but can reach nine months' compensation if the employment relationship lasted at least ten years.
Discipline may take the form of an oral warning, a written warning, a brief suspension, or termination.
Contracts with an indefinite duration may be terminated for cause, and written notice should be provided to the employee, except in the case of serious misconduct. The following are the notice requirements. A 15-day notice period is required for employees with less than one year of service. A one-month notice period is required for service of more than one year.
After one year of service, employees are generally entitled to severance pay. Severance pay is paid in the following manner. Severance pay is equivalent to one month's salary for employees with less than five years of service. Severance pay for five to ten years of service is equivalent to two months' salary. Severance pay for 10-15 years of service is equivalent to three months' salary. Severance pay for 15-20 years of service is equivalent to four months' salary. Severance pay for 20-25 years of service is equivalent to five months' salary. Severance pay is equivalent to six months' salary for employees with more than 25 years of service.
Six-month probationary periods are permitted. During the probationary period, no notice of termination is required.