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The Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1987

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1.—(1) In sections 1 and 2 of the Act of 1965 (rights of employer and employee to a minimum period of notice) for the words “four weeks” in section 1(1), (2) and (3) and section 2(1) and (2) (which relate to the period of continuous employment necessary before either right arises) there shall be substituted “one month”.

(2) In section 1(4) of that Act (which converts into a contract for an indefinite period a contract for a term certain of four weeks or less where the employee has been continuously employed for twelve weeks or more) for the words “twelve weeks” there shall be substituted “three months” and for the words “four weeks” there shall be substituted “one month”.

(3) After that subsection there shall be inserted—

(4A) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to a contract made in contemplation of the performance of a specific task which is not expected to last for more than three months unless the employee has been continuously employed for a period of more than three months..

(4) In section 1(5) of that Act (calculating period of continuous employment) at the beginning there shall be inserted the words “Article 22 of the Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1987 and”.

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