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Old 03.09.2015, 15:19
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Official method of giving notice?

Is there a standard official method of giving notice either in the case of the employer to the employee or vice versa?

Are all of these valid?

- verbal
- email
- fax
- letter
- letter via recorded delivery (einschreiben)
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Old 03.09.2015, 15:41
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Re: Official method of giving notice?

Letter is the "gold standard".

I've always handed it in person to my manager and usually got them to countersign a copy of the letter to confirm receipt.

When receiving resignations, I've done the same.

Anything else becomes a bit grey and murky.
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Old 03.09.2015, 16:05
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Re: Official method of giving notice?

Verbal (with a witness) is also fine.

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Old 03.09.2015, 16:27
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Re: Official method of giving notice?

When I left my last job, I told my manager well in advance that I was leaving (we had a pretty good relationship; she cried ) and I also wrote an official letter to the head of the department and HR.
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Re: Official method of giving notice?

It depends how you need to communicate the notice. If there is nothing mentioned in the contract, I always recommend to write a short letter which can be handed over to your line manager. Let it countersign (just as a prove). This way it's clear and you can leave the job as agreed.
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Old 04.09.2015, 17:18
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Re: Official method of giving notice?

colleagues departing our company of fewer than 20 employees have always given notice by registered mail.
Twice, the person who signed for the letter was the first to know. Sounds a bit over the top, but it's easy and is indisputable.
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Re: Official method of giving notice?

There is no particular form required by law and can therefore be done by any of the methods you listed.However, if the other party requests a written explanation, you are required to provide it.

The reason it almost always is done by registered letter here in Switzerland is obviously so that one has evidence.

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Re: Official method of giving notice?

Apart from the method, the date is also important. 1 Day late may mean, for instance, an extension of one month. That is why registered post or a direct signature (with date) from the receiver of the notice helps to avoid disputes.
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Re: Official method of giving notice?

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Is there a standard official method of giving notice either in the case of the employer to the employee or vice versa?
In general, No, though the law may demand a certain form/precudure in some cases/situations.

In any case, you want to be able to prove you did give notice by date xyz, so you want written proof or at least two persons saying the same. Absent an explicit signature confirming receipt, state of the art is to use registered mail, the intricacies of which have been discussed a gazillion times on this forum already(use advanced search).
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