An employer can ask an employee to stay at home or take unpaid leave if there’s not enough work to do.
A lay-off is occurs when the employees is sent home for at least 1 working day. Short-time working is when the employees hours are cut.
There’s no limit for how long an employee can be laid off or put on short-time. Employees can apply for redundancy and claim redundancy pay if it’s been:
Employees should get their full pay unless the contract allows unpaid or reduced pay lay-offs.
If an employee is unpaid, they’re normally entitled to guarantee pay.
Employees are entitled to guarantee pay during lay off or short-time working. The maximum they can get is £26.00 a day for 5 days in any 3-month period – so a maximum of £130.
If the employee usually earn less than £26.00 a day they’ll get their normal daily rate.
If the employee works part-time, their entitlement is worked out proportionally.
Employees can’t claim guarantee pay for any day that they do some work.
Employees can apply for redundancy and claim redundancy pay if they’ve been laid off without pay or put on short-time and receive less than half a week’s pay for: