Lay-Off and Short-Time

  • Edward Benson
Part of the Industrial Relations in Practice book series (IRPS)


One way to avoid the need for redundancies, particularly where the– redundancy situation is likely only to be temporary, is to lay– employees off, or to keep them on short-time. This may be regarded– as the lesser of two evils - employees will not lose their jobs, and– employers will not have to pay out redundancy pay, which would– worsen their position further, only to take on new staff when things– improve. But employees should have some choice in the matter. It– would be perfectly reasonable for them to prefer to leave, take their– redundancy pay and look for more secure employment. Furthermore,– unless some sort of limitation is put on the length of time– periods of lay-off or short-time may last, employers might continue– the arrangement indefinitely, so that eventually employees would be– forced to leave of their own accord with no right to redundancy pay.


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© Edward Benson 1985

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