What is a short-time working clause?
Short-time working occurs when an employee’s hours and pay are reduced proportionately. Both of these options provide a way for an employer to reduce their wage bill whilst still retaining employees. These options provide a temporary solution to the issue of a business having less work for employees to do.
What if I work less than my contracted hours?
If the employee does not agree to the change and the contracted hours are unpaid, this amounts to a breach of contract. If an employee have not been paid for their contracted hours, they should first discuss this with the employer. This could be their manager or HR department.
Can you put employees on short time?
Your employer can only lay you off or put you on short-time working if your contract specifically says they can. If it’s not mentioned in your contract, they can’t do it. Your contract can be written, a verbal agreement or what normally happens in your company. It might also be called your ‘terms and conditions’.
Do I have to agree to short-time working?
An employee can agree with their employer to change the terms of their contract to include lay-offs or short-time working. If it’s a permanent change to the contract, the employer must confirm in writing what’s been agreed within 1 month of the change.
How long can short-time working last?
How long can short-time working last? There’s no limit—this can continue indefinitely. Just be aware that employees can claim voluntary redundancy, or redundancy pay, if the period of time is beyond four weeks (consecutively).
What is short-time UK?
Short-time working is when an employee works reduced hours or is paid less than half a week’s pay. Laying off staff or short-time working can help avoid redundancies – but you have to agree this with staff first. This could be in: their employment contract.
Can my contract hours be reduced?
Can your employer reduce your hours, or lay you off? The short answer is – only if your employment contract allows it. If not, your employer will have to negotiate a change to your contract. You should also check if your contract allows you to take on another paid job while you’re on reduced hours.
What is the minimum shift length?
There is usually a minimum number of hour per shift that an employer can require a part-time employee to work (generally, it is either a minimum of 3 or 4 hours).
What is short time UK?
How long can I be put on short time?
There is no time limit on how long short time working or lay offs can last. However, if it lasts for over a certain amount of time then an employee may be able to claim that they are redundant and therefore owed a redundancy payment by their employer.
What is ACAS Code of practice on flexible working requests?
Acas Code of Practice on flexible working requests The minimum standard of fairness that workplaces should follow.
What is short-time working and how can it be enforced?
Short-time working is when an employee works reduced hours or is paid less than half a week’s pay. Laying off staff or short-time working can help avoid redundancies – but you have to agree this with staff first. National and collective agreements can only be enforced if they’re in the employee’s employment contract.
Do employees accrue holiday during lay-offs and short-time working?
Employees continue to build up (‘accrue’) holiday in the usual way during lay-offs and short-time working. Employees should get full pay during lay-offs or short-time working, unless: Employees who are laid off or put on short-time working are entitled to pay for days they do no work at all.
Can I apply for redundancy if I’m on short-time work?
Employees can apply for redundancy and claim redundancy pay if they’ve been laid off or put on short-time working and receive less than half a week’s pay for: Find out more about applying for redundancy during a lay-off or short-time working on GOV.UK.