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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

14th July 2016

How far in advance should rotas be published?

How far in advance should staff expect to have their rotas published, at present they are lucky to get them a week in advance? Also staff are being threatened with disciplinary action for not attending training when they are only getting 24 hours notice many work nights and have young children.
Thank you

Dear Jane,

I've shared your question with our employment law experts, Napthens Solicitors. Please find their response below.

Your employment contract may dictate when the rota should be issued and a failure to provide the rota in accordance with the contract maybe a breach of contract. Apart from a contractual obligation to provide the rota by a certain time, then there is no other legal obligation save that the employer must act reasonably and conduct itself in a reasonable manner which includes providing reasonable notice of hours of work. It is common for a rota in the care sector setting out hours of work to be provided a week in advance.
In terms of being threatened with disciplinary action for failing to attend training the employer will be arguing that there has been a failure to comply with a reasonable instruction. However, if the employee has a legitimate reason for not being able to attend training then that should negate any disciplinary action. Further the employers instruction needs to be “reasonable” – the later it is given the less reasonable it is.

Best wishes,


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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