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Good morning everyone.....

 

 

Hopefully someone here can tell me what I am trying to find out as I don't seem to be able to find it anywhere else :)

 

My partner has been told today that they are making redundancies at work, which he has kind of been expecting.

 

He is to have a meeting on Friday and I think from there they are entering a 'consultation period'. He has been told that during this period they are going to reduce the working hours, by nearly three hours a day - are they allowed to do this? We can not afford a reduction like this and it sems a bit unfair.

 

Thank you in advance for any help

 

Regards

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You need to check his contract / staff handbook.

 

If they have a lay off or short-time working clause then they can do this.

 

If not they are in breach of contract and you need to decide how you want to react.

 

The chances are if they took professional advice when the handbooks were drafted then the right will be in there.

 

Sorry - may be time to start looking what other work is out there

 

More info on short time working here: Acas - Advice leaflet - Lay-offs and short-time working

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I can find nothing covering a reduction in working hours during a period of consultation.

 

To be honest, I think it could be argued that it may be that a reduction in hours may well signify something more than redundancy.

 

As a general rule though any alteration in working hours can be unlawful unless the Contract of Employment and/or Company Handbook allows for this in some way with a clause/section specifically covering alterations in working hours.

 

I suggest your husband reads his Contract/Company Handbook carefully and if nothing is mentioned the employer is quite probably in breach of contract.

 

On the more general question of redundancy this link may be helpful:

 

Redundancy: Introduction : Directgov - Employment

 

Sorry I can't help more.

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Jimbo is right - BUT the redundancy and the short time working are two separate issues.

 

The answer lies in the contract - i.e. Did it contain a short time working clause?

 

Indeed one could argue that the placing of employees on short time, assuming this is provided for in the contract, actually strengthens the employer's redundancy rationale!

 

Seems unfair but if in the contract perfectly legal

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His contract consists of a 'Employee starter form' and that's it.

 

An employee is entitled to a written statement of partiulars after 8 weeks of employment.

 

see Written statement of employment particulars: guidance - BERR

 

Is there any staff handbook as if so elements of this can form part of his contract.

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