Vietnam Labour Law: Prior Notice Period on Unilateral Termination of Employment Contracts
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Vietnam Labour Law: Prior Notice Period on Unilateral Termination of Employment Contracts

Companies doing Business in Vietnam need to be aware of the country’s labour regulations on the prior notice period for the unilateral termination of labour contracts. This is relevant for international companies appointing managing officers in subsidiaries, branches or representative offices in Vietnam.

For some special works and lines of business there are extended deadlines. These include:

  • Aviation: aircrew members, aircraft maintenance technicians, aviation repairmen, flight coordinators
  • Marine: crewmembers working on Vietnamese vessels operating overseas, crewmembers dispatched to foreign vessels by Vietnamese agencies
  • Business: the owner, chairperson or member of the board of members, president or member of the board of directors, director, general director or deputy director, chief accountant
Under Vietnamese labour law, certain deadlines must be observed when a contract is unilaterally terminated. We know the pitfalls. Contact us.
Vu Manh Quynh, Managing Partner, ECOVIS Orient Counsel/ECOVIS Vietnam Law, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

What Must Companies Know?

  • The notice period before unilaterally terminating a labour contract for special works and lines of business is substantially longer than in other areas.
  • If an employee or employer unilaterally terminates an employment contract, a specific period of notice must be observed before the termination date (see table).
Normal works and lines of business Special works and lines of business
The contract has an indefinite term at least 45 days at least 120 days
The contract has a duration from 12 to 36 months at least 30 days at least 120 days
The contract has a duration of less than 12 months at least 3 days at least one quarter (1/4) of the employment contract duration

For further information please contact:

Vu Manh Quynh, Managing Partner, ECOVIS Orient Counsel/ECOVIS Vietnam Law, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Email: quynh.vu@ecovislaw.vn

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