Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes, including whether these are specified in collective agreements

  • Report the minimum number of weeks' notice typically provided to employees and their elected representatives prior to the implementation of significant operational changes that could substantially affect them.

  • For organizations with collective bargaining agreements, report whether the notice period and provisions for consultation and negotiation are specified in collective agreements.

​Minimum notice periods are an indicator of an organization’s ability to maintain employee satisfaction and motivation while implementing significant changes to operations.

This Indicator provides insight into an organization’s practice of ensuring timely discussion of significant operational changes, and engaging with its employees and their representatives to negotiate and implement these changes (which may have positive or negative implications for workers). Timely and effective consultation with workers and other relevant parties, where practicable (such as with governmental authorities), helps to minimize any negative impacts from operating changes on workers and related communities.

This Indicator also allows an assessment of an organization’s consultation practices in relation to expectations expressed in relevant international norms. Consultative practices that result in good industrial relations help provide positive working environments, reduce turnover, and minimize operational disruptions.

​Identify minimum notice periods existing in corporate policies and standard employment contracts. Different policy statements may exist at a regional level.

Identify the collective bargaining agreements as per G4-11 and review the notice period clauses within these documents.

​Potential sources of information include corporate policies, standard employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements held by the human resources or legal departments.