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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.
How much notice should an employer give regarding shifts in a Care Home?
When working in a Care Home , what is the minimum amount of notice a manager can give or to change the rota?
Thank you for your question.
Your question is similar to one I received recently and this is the advice that Chris King, our Employment Law expert at Napthens Solicitors gave us:
"An employer should give an employee who works an irregular shift pattern reasonable notice of their hours. Normally this would be included in the contract of employment and the standard notice period is around 7 days.
I realise that this doesn't completely answer your question but it is quite clear that you should receive at least one week's notice. You should also check your contract of employment. If there is a different length of time in your contract then there is a process that an employer should go through with employees before making any changes".
I hope this is helpful, please come back to me if you need further advice.
*All information is correct at the time of publishing.
Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions.
For Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA), care is Sheila's life. She possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business, and as a leader in the care sector.
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