We spoke last year when I was concerned about confidential cost-cutting discussions. I now have two questions, one in relation to my job description and the other to my working conditions.
1) My original contract was full-time. I have been working part-time now for two years by mutual agreement but my contract was never amended. What’s more, my role has changed very significantly to one with more responsibility and more interest. It has now been suggested that my job description should be revised to match what I do rather than what I was originally recruited for. (There has been no change in my salary.)
Have my rights been affected at all by the changes and, if not so far, would they be changed by a new job description linked to a new contract?
2) We will be leaving our office at the end of our current lease next summer. There is now talk of ‘going virtual’, but it is not feasible for me to work from home – and I wouldn’t want to anyway. It has been suggested that we could hire desk space on a more temporary basis.
I will at that point have been working in this office for almost 10 years. I am used to having a quiet office as I do a lot of proof-reading, and really don’t want to work in an open plan environment. Do I have any rights in relation to the workplace as one of my conditions of service, or would I just have to quit if I am given the choice of either working from home, or working in a more ‘hot-desk’ type situation and don’t find either alternative acceptable?