Areas of Law / Employment

My employer has said that, because of a lack of orders, he will be asking staff to work reduced hours. He says employees who do not agree to these changes will be named as being responsible for any ensuing redundancies. Do I have to accept these threats?

If your employment contract doesn’t deal with this situation you are entitled to be paid in full, or your normal pay. Bear in mind though that if you refuse to agree to work less and be paid less, your decision could result in redundancies as your employer suggests. Any statements made about you by your employer could amount to a basis for claiming constructive dismissal, but you should seek further advice before going down this road. Get together and make it clear that any changes you accept are subject to review within a defined period.

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