How far in advance should my manager need to give me my rota? | QCS

Hi Sheila, how far in advance should my employer need to give me my rotas when working in a care home?

Sheila Scott
Answered by Sheila Scott


Dear A,


Thank you for your question.


This is the advice that Chris King, our Employment Law expert at Napthens Solicitors gave us some time ago:


“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 think you should look at your contract of employment and see what that says. Personally I would hope that most people would be getting more than 7 days’ notice.


Best wishes.



About Sheila Scott

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. 3. Read more

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