Employers can reduce their permanent employees’ hours of work in accordance with the relevant Modern Award, and with the employee’s consent. For information on Modern Awards, see the Fair Work Ombudsman Site here.

If your employee does not agree to a reduction in hours, then you may need to consider other options, such as redundancy or standing down.

If you have questions regarding the provisions of your Modern Award please contact us.

If you are intending to reduce the working hours of your permanent employees, you must notify them in writing and seek their consent. Otherwise, they may come back to you in the future and ask for compensation and back pay. Please contact us for the necessary documentation to formally reduce working hours with your employees.

If you need any help implementing reduced working hours in a legally compliant way, to minimise the risk of future claims, then call us on 02 9331 0266.