Letter—seeking agreement to lay-off, short-time working, pay reduction and/or unpaid leave
Letter—seeking agreement to lay-off, short-time working, pay reduction and/or unpaid leave

The following Employment precedent provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Letter—seeking agreement to lay-off, short-time working, pay reduction and/or unpaid leave

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): On 20 March 2020, the government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), under which all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during the coronavirus pandemic. For information on the extension of the CJRS that applies from 1 November 2020, see Practice Note: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (extended version from 1 November 2020). Users should note that the drafting in this Precedent does not seek to address the requirements of the CJRS in relation to designating employees as ‘furloughed workers’. For a proforma letter for use in that situation, see Precedent: Letter—from employer to employee regarding flexible furlough arrangements (extended CJRS from 1 November 2020).

[To be typed on headed notepaper of employer]

[Date]

Dear [insert name of employee],

Re: [insert name of employer] (the Company)

I refer to our meeting on [date], when I explained that there has been a sudden and significant downturn in our business due to [insert details of the reason for the business downturn, eg the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic]. Unfortunately, this means that the Company needs to find ways of saving costs as a matter of urgency.

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      [[LAY-OFF: ]As I explained at our meeting, the Company is therefore asking [all ]employees [in your department ]to agree to a temporary lay-off from

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