Lay-offs and short-term working
Your employer can ask you to stay at home or take unpaid leave if there’s not enough work for you.
A lay-off is if you’re off work for at least 1 working day.
Short-time working is when your hours are cut.
There’s no limit for how long you can be laid off or put on short-time.
You could apply for redundancy and claim redundancy pay if it’s been four weeks in a row or six weeks in a 13-week period.
For lay-off pay entitlement and short-time working payments, you should get your full pay unless your contract allows unpaid or reduced pay lay-offs.
If you’re unpaid, you’re entitled to guarantee pay.