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Employment Law - Forced to Work Less Hours than Stated in Contract?

Discussion in 'Employment Law Forum' started by DDD, 28 December 2015.

  1. DDD

    DDD Member

    28 December 2015
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    Hi, there.

    I currently have a fixed term 4 week fly in out contract for 54 hours per week. This week I will only work 36 hours with 2 travel day at end of contract. On the roster, I am down for Wednesday off but I have requested to work. I have been told I cannot work despite being contracted to do 54 a week. The less I work the less I get paid as under 54 hrs.

    Am I entitled to insist I work as my contract says 54 hrs under Employment Law?

  2. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

    27 May 2014
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    If your contract is a fixed 54/wk, then you are entitled to be paid for 54 hrs per week.

    Though check your contract fine print, the employer may have an escape clause.
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  3. Emily Rambal

    Emily Rambal Active Member

    15 January 2016
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    You can’t work more than 48 hours a week on average. This law is sometimes called the ‘working time directive’ or ‘working time regulations’.

    You may have to work more than 48 hours a week on average if you work in a job:

    where 24-hour staffing is required
    in the armed forces, emergency services or police
    in security and surveillance
    as a domestic servant in a private household
    as a seafarer, sea-fisherman or worker on vessels on inland waterways
    where working time is not measured and you’re in control, eg you’re a managing executive with control over your decisions

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