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My employers may be selling to a company I have previously

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My employers may be selling to a company I have previously worked for, however I was dismissed by this company. Will they have to honour my current contract given the circumstances on how I left them previously.
Hello, my name is***** am a solicitor on this site and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How long have you worked for the current employer?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

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I have worked for my current employer since June 2009


Why were you dismissed from the old company?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

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I work in the Betting industry and I was accused of putting my own bets on the shops I was working, something which I denied then, and still deny today.

The evidence they had was handwriting, I couldn't prove it wasn't mine, there was no cctv in the shops at that time but they still went ahead and dismissed me.

The starting point is that you would be protected under a law known as TUPE. This serves to protect you when a transfer of a business takes place. You would automatically transfer to the new employer on your existing terms and conditions and your continuous service would also be preserved. As you have more than 2 years service you would also be protected against unfair dismissal. This means that the new employer cannot dismiss you for a reason connected to the transfer or for any other reason unless they can show that it was a fair and reasonable reason in the circumstances. In this case you were previously dismissed and hag in itself would not allow them to dismiss you now again but if the reason was linked to something which makes the trust impossible to regain then they could try and use this as a fair reason to dismiss. That is the main issue here as there is a potential trust issue. However do not just accept that and remind them of their obligations under TUPE and also make it clear that if dismissed you would be seeking to challenge this by making an unfair dismissal claim through the employment tribunal.
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