|REDUçÃO DO PERÍODO NORMAL DE TRABALHO
When an enterprise is undergoing economic problems the employer may, as an exceptional measure, reduce employees' normal working hours temporarily, to give the enterprise an opportunity to recover. Under Article 5(1) of the Suspension of the Employment Contract Act, such short-time working may be introduced under circumstances which make it essential in order to ensure the survival of the enterprise and to preserve jobs. It may take the form of working either fewer days per week or a shorter working day. Employees who have been put on short-time have the same rights as those who are temporarily laid off (see layoff ).
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