For the first time ever this week I had a case involving Lay off law, which rarely raises its ugly head in a tribunal.
A lay off is a type of suspension with pay usually adopted by the employer in quiet times.
The law is clear on whether an employer has the right to lay a worker off. It depends on the employee's contract (inc. a collective agreement).
If an employee has finished 2 years continuous employment and is laid off for at least 4 consecutive weeks (or six non consecutive weeks in a 13 week period) he will be entitled to claim redundancy pay. Remember a week's notice is required.