Document Templates for Laying-off Staff and offering Short-time Work

Lay-off and Short-time Working Documents

This sub folder provides guidance notes and letters for employers on laying-off employees and placing them on short-time working. A lay-off occurs where an employer does not provide work for an employee on a day when he or she would normally work because there is a diminution in the requirements of the employer’s business for the work that the employee is employed to do. Short-time working is when the employer reduces the hours the employee is required to work by cutting the number of working days and/or hours the employee works in a day.

You can only impose a lay-off or short-time working arrangement where there is a contractual right to do so. Where there is no contractual right to impose a lay-off or short-time working, you will need an employee’s express consent before you introduce them.

Lay-offs and short-time working are alternative actions to compulsory redundancies, and are often used by employers as an attempt to mitigate financial difficulties. Lay-offs and short terms working are only intended as temporary measures and, if the work situation does not improve, redundancy is likely to be the next step.

Lay-off and Short-time Working Documents are part of the Employment document folder. Get access to all of these documents only for £35+VAT.

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