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What are the reasons for making the post full time?
The employer is able to decide that they no longer require a part time position and wish to change it to a full time post. This is going to meet the definition of redundancy because they no longer require employees to undertake a specific job and in effect that role will disappear (i.e. the part time role will disappear and will be replaced by a full time one). Therefore, the person employed in the part time position would be made redundant and replaced with someone doing the full time role.
However, if someone is at risk of redundancy the employer has a duty to consult with them and to offer them suitable alternative employment that may exist in order to avoid having to make them redundant. You have more than 2 years’ service so you are protected against unfair dismissal, which means the employer has to ensure a fair redundancy procedure has been followed. By the looks of it here they have failed to follow a fair procedure because they should have consulted with you, offered you the newly created position and only if you formally rejected it should they be proceeding with the redundancy. They cannot just change your status now to a temporary position and try to avoid redundancy that way because clearly that was not how you were initially employed.
So whilst you are not obliged to take the full time role if you believe it is not suitable for you, you should still be entitled to claim that this is redundancy and also get your redundancy rights and pay as a result.
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Thank you. In the event that they dismiss you and decide not to pay you redundancy when you were due redundancy pay, you may consider taking the matter further to the employment tribunal. You have 3 months to do so therefore you must act quickly.
A new feature in the employment tribunal’s claims process is mandatory early conciliation with ACAS. This requires prospective claimants to notify ACAS and provide details of their intended claim and they would then try to negotiate between the claimant and respondent to seek out of court settlement in order to avoid having to take the claim to the tribunal. It is possible for the parties to refuse to engage in these negotiations, or that they are unsuccessful, in which case they would get permission to proceed with making the claim in the tribunal.
If negotiations are initiated and settlement is reached, then the claimant would agree not to proceed with the claim in return for the agreed financial settlement.
The conciliation procedure and the form to fill in can be found here:
In terms of the time limits within which a claim must be presented, the early conciliation process places a ‘stop’ on that and the time between notifying ACAS and them issuing permission to proceed with the claim would not count for the purposes of these time limits.