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A good point, Mr. Jones. And thank you for your prompt response. I shall check my contract when I return home this evening and get back to you.
Hello again Mr. Jones. I have now had the opportunity to read through my contract and 20.1 is the only clause which I can see which might apply:
20. TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT
20.1 Unless this agreement is terminated early in accordance with this Clause 20.1, Clauses 1.3 or 20.2, your employment will end on November 8, 2015 without the need for further notice. This agreement may be previously terminated by either party giving to the other not less than 1 week during probation / 1 month thereafter months notice in writing
20.3 The Company reserves the right to require you not to attend at work and/or not to undertake all or any of your duties of employment during any period of notice (whether given by you or the Company), provided always that the Company shall continue to pay your salary and contractual benefits whilst you remain employed by the Company.
1.3 You will be required to complete a probationary period of 3 months from the Commencement Date. The purpose of the probationary period is to allow both you and the organization to be sure that the role is the right fit. During this probationary period your performance and conduct will be monitored. The Company may terminate your employment at any time during the probationary period upon a 1 week during probation / 1 month thereafter notice or by payment of basic salary in lieu of notice. In the absence of such termination, your probationary employment will become permanent employment.
Thank you for your response, Mr. Jones. I am entirely satisfied with your answer and am happy to pay the £28 fee.
However I do still wonder whether I might have grounds for a discrimination claim if the permanently-employed lady who I am now covering for whilst she is on maternity leave is allowed to keep her job when she returns in November, yet I am being considered for redundancy now whilst performing the same role.
Also, I see (permanently employed) colleagues who are also now facing consultation have been given a letter, and written details explaining the process, which I have not. In all, I understand17 employees from a total of 80 in our office are to now undergo consultation ahead of threat of redundancy, but I am the only employee on a fixed term contract presently working for the firm.
Again, thanks for your advice.