Reduction of Hours Notice

Reduction of Hours Notice

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Last updated May 17, 2021
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This Notice of Reduction of Hours notify an employee of a reduction in their working hours during a business downturn.

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Document Overview

Casual employee hours can be readily changed in response to your business needs however reducing the hours of a full-time employee requires the employee’s acceptance in writing. A written record can help protect a business if any questions or legal issues arise regarding the reduction of hours. It is recommended that you discuss the reduction with your employees first before sending out the notice to reduce their hours.  

Use this Notice of Reduction of Hours if:

  • You would like to reduce a full-time employee’s working hours.
  • You would like to concisely explain to the employee why his or her hours need to be reduced.
  • You want to follow all the proper processes in reducing the employee’s working hours.
  • You would like to have a record of the reduction of hours in the event of any legal action.

What does the Notice of Reduction of Hours cover?

  • Information about the change of working hours, e.g. what the change will be and when it will occur.
  • The reasons why this change is necessary for the company.
  • Invites employees to give their views about the impact of the change.

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