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Sorry just one thing - to clarify, what are you expected to work for those two weeks, are you for example asked to do day shifts? If so, does your contract state that you can be asked to work hours/shifts different to your contracted ones?
This is where the terms of your contract will be relevant. If you are contracted to do a specific job, such as only work a night shift and there are no options in the contract allowing the employer to be able to ask you to do any other hours, then they would not be able to do that. However, many contracts can have a clause which gives the employer the right to require its employees to work any additional or different hours to the contracted ones, if the business needs it. That does not allow them to just permanently change someone’s hours to suit the business, but it does cover occasions when they may be required to do this as a one off or short-term. That is why it is important to check the contract to see if they are allowed to do that and if they are, then they can rely on such a clause to make you work a different shift for two weeks because that is clearly a one off short term requirement due to the circumstances.
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Thank you. If no such clause exists then the employer is basically acting in breach of contract by asking you to do work which is against the terms of your contract of employment. You can raise a formal grievance to complain about this and in the end you cannot actually be forced to work that time so I you refuse to and they do not pay you for it – you can make a claim in the employment tribunal to pursue the money you should have received for those 2 weeks.