Thank you. In the circumstances it is likely that this may amount to a redundancy situation. This is because the employer would no longer be needing someone in your position and this would trigger a redundancy. This can be entirely lawful and the reasons for it will rarely be challenged. In this case they have increased costs to blame for this and this is a common reason.
If there is a redundancy situation, an employer has a duty to offer those employees at risk any suitable alternative employment (“SAE”) that may exist at the time. The objective is to keep the employee in a job rather than make them redundant. Therefore, if an employee accepts an offer of SAE, their employment will continue in the new position and they would lose their entitlement to a redundancy payment.
If the offer is considered unsuitable and the employee refuses it, they will be made redundant and still receive redundancy pay. However, if the offer was suitable and the employee unreasonably refuses it, they would effectively be resigning and will lose their entitlement to redundancy pay.
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