This month, we look briefly at a Workplace Relations Commission case relating to the reduction of an Employee’s hours. This case illustrates the importance of communication and consultation with employees if a reduction in hours is necessary. The worker claimed that her hours of work were unilaterally reduced from 35 to 21 hours per week and sought full payment for loss of earnings and reinstatement of full time hours. The Adjudication Officer recommended that the Employer should pay compensation 1.5 times the annual loss of the hours of work per annum, which amounts to €23,118. The A.O. felt that it was wrong to unilaterally reduce the employee’s hours and not to have had meaningful discussions relating to the implications of the reduction.
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