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Is the loan going to be interrest free?
Hi there sorry I was in court earlier and got called back in. There is nothing actually stopping the employer from implementing the changes even if you refuse to accept them. They have the power to make the changes whether you like it or not. The issue then becomes whether the changes are unfair and have been implemented unreasonably and then potentially give you options on challenging them. Sadly there is no easy way to challenge a change to your contract and the main option is to resign and claim constructive dismissal, arguing you have been forced out as a result of this. As you can imagine this is quite a drastic step to take, especially if the changes are not that serious so you will have to consider how important all of this is and will impact you before you decide whether it is serious enough to make you no longer want to work there.
I would say that whilst the changes may not be ideal, because you are basically going to end up without pay for a longer period of time than usual, the employer is trying to reduce the potential effects of this by offering you a loan which is interest free and will not actually cost you anything. So they are not just pushing these changes through without considering the impact it will have on you and are looking at options to reduce any adverse effects.
Overall this is unlikely to be a serious enough change to warrant a constructive dismissal claim and whilst you can try and challenge it internally through a grievance, the employer can eventually push the changes through even if you disagree with them.
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