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Lay-Off and Short-Time Working Clause


This Lay-off / Short-time Working Clause should be used where an employer and an employee agree to change the employee’s contract of employment in order to allow lay-offs and short-time working.

Employers can tell employees not to turn up for work but they are legally obliged to pay the employees in full unless it is specified in the contract of employment or agreed between the parties that the employee can be laid-off without pay or on a reduced pay.

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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