Reducing Working Hours

Posted in : Supplementary Articles ROI on 15 February 2010
Gillian Dully
LK Shields
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In light of these challenging times, many employers are considering various cost cutting measures including reducing employees’ working hours. It is essential from an employment law perspective that any proposed reduction in working hours is effected in a manner which minimises or eliminates potential legal risks. Gillian Dully of LK Shields sets out best practice and the dangers involved for employers.

(A) Is employee consent required to a reduction in working hours?

The answer will depend on what the contract of employment provides and the extent of the reduction in the working hours. The Payment of Wages Act, 1991 provides that an employer is not entitled to reduce the wages of an employee

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Gillian Dully
LK Shields

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