Employmentbuddy - Your best buddy in human resources

Lay off and short term working factsheet


In circumstances where it is unclear what an employer's staffing needs will be the longer term but there is a downturn in work, employers may not wish to make a decision at that stage to carry out redundancies.

In such a situation, an employer may consider laying off employees or putting them on short time working. It is good practice to consider these alternatives in any event.


Lay-off means that the employment relationship between the company and the employee continues, but the obligation for the employer to provide work is suspended temporarily. Lay-off is very different from redundancy and the two terms should not be confused. When an employee is made redundant, their employment comes to an end. When an employee is laid off, they remain an employee pending an expected return to work. However, an employee has the right to end their employment and claim redundancy pay if it turns out that no further work will be forthcoming, as explained below.

Last updated on 31/12/2018 14:56:07 | #Redundancy