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Being asked to cut work days - is this redundancy?

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2019change · 12/11/2019 20:26

Are there any employment lawyers/HR people on here? I have a friend who currently works 5 days a week for an employer she has worked for for nearly 10 years. It is a very small company where everyone has distinct roles - she is a skilled craftsperson. Her employer is going through hard times and asking staff to go part time, she is being asked to go from 5 days a week to 2 days a week as there has been much less call for what she does.

Is this redundancy? Can you be made "partly redundant" (ie the 3 days she is now being told she does not work)? What are her rights? It is not a case that someone else will do her job in the 3 days she is not employed it is just that there is not enough work for her to employed full time. There is no chance of her being offered a different job for these 3 days as (1) she only wants to do her skilled craftsperson role and (2) all other roles are already filled.

I should add that the employer is tryng to help her find additional similar employment with other unrelated companies that he knows in their business world that might need her skills so he is not being unhelpful I just wanted to know what rights she has. Thank you.

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Beachmummy23 · 13/11/2019 07:18

Sounds like attempts to avoid redundancy. Many businesses do it. However, she doesn't have to accept it and it may impact her redundancy entitlement if she is made redundant as her normal weekly wage will be lower. It might be worth refusing and taking a redundancy option.


fairislecable · 13/11/2019 07:25

I am not a lawyer but I think your friend should take advice before agreeing to reduce hours.

If she drops to 2 days then later on the company gets rid of her then the redundancy payout will be based on 2 day working.

This was true some years ago but rules may have changed.

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