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Many thanks for your patience. So as far as the contract is concerned, you get 12 weeks’ notice after successful completion of what they refer to as a ‘trial period’. Having checked the contract and offer letter there is no mention whatsoever of such a trial period or of its duration. So in the absence of that, it should be assumed that the normal notice period applicable on the completion of such period would apply. Also as the contract is contradictory on the subject and basically somewhat vague in this respect, it would be construed against the party trying to rely on it, in this case the employer. Therefore, in the event that a claim is made, they would be expected to show that there was a trial period in place and that you had not yet passed it. In the absence of anything specific mentioned about this, it could be difficult. Finally, there is case law which has held that if there was a trial period and it was not formally extended prior to the nominated completion date, it would be assumed that the employee had completed it successfully and that the terms applicable following its completion would be the valid ones.
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Thanks. If the employer refuses to allow you to give 12 weeks notice and terminates you after 4, then you can treat that as a wrongful dismissal (basically a breach of contract). In order to try and resolve this, the employer should be contacted in writing, advised that this is being treated as a breach of contract and ask them to pay the money within 7 days. Advise them that if they fail to pay the money that is owed, legal proceedings could follow.
If the employer does not pay the money as requested, the following options are available:
1. Employment Tribunal - the time limit to claim is only 3 months from the date the dismissal took place. To make the claim, form ET1 needs to be completed and submitted - you can find it here: https://www.employmenttribunals.service.gov.uk/employment-tribunals
2. County Court – this is an alternative way to claim and the advantage is that the time limit is a much longer 6 years and is usually used if you are out of time to claim in the Tribunal. The claim can be made online by going to: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk.
Hopefully by warning the employer you are aware of your rights and are not going to hesitate taking further action they will be prompted to reconsider their position and work towards resolving this.
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