Do Consultant Have the Notice period or we can immediately relieve

As, we have hired a candidate on a consultant basis, but after 2 months of work we came to know that client is not happy with her performance, hence they ended her contract with us, but now that employee is asking for a notice period.

My question is that will the consultant have the notice period or not?

Kindly suggest to me how we can handle this.


Hi Shilpa,

You would have signed a letter to appoint the consultant with certain terms and conditions. Is there not a termination clause in it stipulating the notice period?

The common industry practice is for any such appointment, there will be a written term that includes the termination clause so that both parties are clear about it to avoid any such disputes. Generally, a notice period of 15 to 30 days is mentioned in such engagements.

If the termination of services is for the convenience of the parties, usually it will be with 30 days’ written notice.

If the termination is for any cause (e.g., non-performance, misconduct, etc.) then the employer stipulates either the termination with immediate effect or minimal no. of days notice and ends the service.

Bhuvana Anand

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