Implement a lay-off

Key points

  • Employers may need to use temporary lay-offs while there is a shortage of work due to adverse trading conditions.
  • Employers cannot impose a period of lay-off without employees' agreement, or having contractual authority. Employees may be entitled to guarantee payments for workless days.
  • Instead of laying off staff, employers may decide to "furlough" staff under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and pay them through funds from that scheme.

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