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Lay-offs and short-time working

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  • Date:
    6 June 2003
    Type:
    Law reports

    Deductions from wages: Short-time working did not justify reduced pay

    In International Packaging Corporation (UK) Ltd v Joseph Balfour and others, the EAT holds that a reduction in earnings resulting from the unilateral introduction of short-time working amounted to an unauthorised deduction from wages under the Employment Rights Act 1996, in circumstances where there was no power in the employment contract for the employer to introduce this change without the agreement of the employees.

  • Date:
    1 January 2003
    Type:
    Law reports

    EC: ECJ case law round-up

    In our latest round-up of decisions from the European Court of Justice (ECJ), we look at cases on equal pay, the principle of equal treatment as related to working conditions, the meaning of a transfer for the purposes of the business transfers Directive and, finally, guarantee payments to employees following the insolvency of their employers.

  • Type:
    FAQs

    Can an employer lay off workers if it is in financial difficulty?

  • Type:
    FAQs

    When is an employee entitled to a guarantee payment?

  • Type:
    FAQs

    What happens if the employer refuses to pay a guarantee payment?

  • Date:
    1 February 1995
    Type:
    Law reports

    Guarantee payments: Paid work does not postpone next guarantee pay period

    The fact than an employee worked for six weeks during a three-month guarantee pay period did not mean that the start of the next guarantee pay period was postponed by six weeks, holds the EAT in Jones v Squire's Garage & Road Transport Ltd.

  • Date:
    10 January 1984
    Type:
    Law reports

    Redundancy: Layoff procedures must be followed

    Employees who have been laid off or on short time for certain specified periods may claim redundancy payments provided they follow complex notification procedures. In Kenneth MacRae & Co Ltd v Dawson the EAT holds that the procedures must be followed, and only in unusual circumstances will an employee be able to claim constructive dismissal because the period of lay off is unreasonable.

  • Date:
    1 September 1983
    Type:
    Law reports

    Cartwright v G Clancey Ltd

    In Cartwright v G Clancey Ltd [1983] IRLR 355 EAT, the EAT held that the Industrial Tribunal had correctly held that, since the appellant had already received remuneration from his employer in respect of five workless days, he was not entitled to statutory guarantee payments for a further four workless days in the relevant three-month period.

  • Date:
    1 October 1978
    Type:
    Law reports

    Miller and ors v Harry Thornton (Lollies) Ltd

    In Miller and ors v Harry Thornton (Lollies) Ltd [1978] IRLR 430 IT, the Industrial Tribunal held that an employer cannot avoid liability for a guarantee payment in respect a workless day by offering to let an employee make up for lost time on a different day or days.

  • Date:
    1 December 1977
    Type:
    Law reports

    (1) M North and others v Pavleigh Ltd (2) D Skeet and others v Carr Mills Clothing Co Ltd

    In (1) M North and others v Pavleigh Ltd (2) D Skeet and others v Carr Mills Clothing Co Ltd [1977] IRLR 461 IT, the Industrial Tribunal held that an employer's closure of a workplace in order to observe a Jewish holiday is not an occurrence "affecting the normal working of the employer's business".

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