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Can the employer change the hours of a part-time employee?

Verified 29 October 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Yes, the employer can change the part-time employee's hours of work.

If the contract of employment provides for the modification of the working hours, the employee cannot refuse them.

If this is not the case, the employee may refuse the employer's request.

The contract provides for the modification of schedules

An employer who wishes to change the distribution of work hours must notify the employee within a specified minimum period notice.

This period shall be at least 3 working days.

This period of notice may be fixed by collective agreement or by a company agreement.

In the absence of a collective agreement or a company agreement, the period of notice is 7 working days minimum.

The employee must accept the employer's request to change the hours.

However, an employee may refuse to make such a change if the employee informs the employer that the proposed change in hours is incompatible with:

  • Family obligations (child care for a single parent, the need to assist a family member who is seriously ill or dependent)
  • Either the continuation of his studies (school or higher education)
  • The performance of an activity determined by another employer
  • A self-employed professional activity
The contract does not provide for changes in schedules

An employer who wishes to change the distribution of work hours must notify the employee within a specified minimum period notice.

This period shall be at least 3 working days.

This period of notice may be fixed by collective agreement or by a company agreement.

In the absence of a collective agreement or a company agreement, the period of notice is 7 working days minimum.

Employee may refuse the employer's request. His refusal cannot be considered a fault or a reason for dismissal.