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Lay-Off and Short-Time Employment Contract


The Lay-off / Short-time Employment Contract is a general employment contract that can be used for a variety of jobs. In addition to the standard clauses it includes a clause dealing with laying-off employees or putting them on short-time working.


Employers must provide workers and employees with a written statement of their main terms and conditions of employment and this is often known as a Standard Form Section One Statement.


This Lay-off / Short-time Employment Contract covers the requirements of a Standard Form Section One Statement. From 6 April 2020, there are new rules on what must be included in a written statement for new starters and pre-existing employees will be able to request a written statement that complies with the new rules.  This contract complies with these requirements and must be provided to the employee or worker by day one of employment.

This employment contract has a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-compliant data processing clause. After 25 May 2018, employers must use this clause, as employers will not be able to rely on the existing generic consent clauses.

The Lay-off / Short-time Employment Contract contains the following clauses:

1. General 
2. Duties and Job Title 
3. Date of Commencement/ Date of Continuous Employment 
4. Hours of Work 
5. Place of Work 
6. Work outside the UK

7. Remuneration and Benefits
8. Collective Agreements 
9. Holidays 
10. Other paid leave

11. Training

12. Sickness Absence 
13. Maternity and Paternity Rights 
14. Pension 
15. Retirement 
16. Mobility 
17. Grievance procedures 
18. Disciplinary procedures 
19. Staff Handbook & Employment Policies 
20. Termination of employment 
21. Data Protection 
22.Lay-off & Short-time Working 
23. Governing Law

Please note that when a lay-off / short-time working is to occur for an indefinite period, the employee will be entitled to make a claim for statutory redundancy pay after either four consecutive weeks or six weeks or more within a 13 week period of being laid-off / placed on short-time working. Please see the Guidance Notes available through the related document links below for more information.

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