Lay-offs and Short-time Working
The option to make lay-offs or to put employees on short-time working can be a useful tool for employers where there is a need to make temporary cut-backs due to a reduction in demand for work. In certain circumstances, lay-offs or short-time working can offer an alternative to redundancy.
The crucial first consideration for employers is to ensure that they have the right to lay-off employees or put them on short-time working, as acting without this right could put the employer at risk of claims for breach of contract, unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction of wages and more.
Simply-docs have therefore produced a lay-off and short-time working package. The package includes Guidance Notes for employers covering procedure, payment and duration and a set of template meeting and notice letters to cover common scenarios.
Where the relevant employment contracts are silent on the issue of the employer’s right to make lay-offs or put employees on short-time working, Simply-docs have created a Variation Deed which can be used to vary an employees current contract. Simply-docs have also created an employment contract for new employees ready to go with a lay-off and short-time working clause included.
The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.