Working Time Toolkits

Flexible Working

The Flexible Working Folder provides guidance to the legislation and the process you will need to follow when an employee submits a request to alter their working pattern or place of work.

The sub folder includes a flexible working policy and a range of letters to help you deal properly with a request from an employee to work flexibly.

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Lay Off and Short Time Working
The Lay Off And Short Time Working 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.

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