In today's climate, many employers are looking to cut costs without actually making redundancies. A short-term solution worth considering is the introduction of short-time working. However, while this can be an effective way to make savings without reducing headcount, the implementation of short-time working is not without its difficulties.
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Q What is short-time working?
A This is where an employer reduces the hours the employee is required to work by reducing the number of working days and/or hours the employee works in a day. The employee's wages are reduced accordingly.
Q Can employers impose short-time working?
A Employers can only impose short-time working where there is a contractual right to do so, for example, in the contract of employment, a collective agreement, or possibly through custo