Many thanks for your patience. First of all the employer cannot really demote you without your consent because doing so would amount to a breach of contract and could potentially allow you to resign and claim constructive dismissal. However, the same could happen even if they make no changes but as a result of the current situation you find yourself in.
Constructive dismissal occurs when the following two elements are present:
· Serious breach of contract by the employer; and
· An acceptance of that breach by the employee, who in turn treats the contract of employment as at an end. The employee must act in response to the breach and must not delay any action too long.
A common breach by the employer occurs when it, or its employees, have broken the implied contractual term of trust and confidence. The conduct relied on could be a single act, or a series of less serious acts over a period of time, which together could be treated as serious enough (usually culminating in the 'last straw' scenario).
As an alternative the employee may either offer or be offered to leave under a settlement agreement. Under a settlement agreement, the employee gets compensated for leaving the company and in return promises not to make any claims against the employer in the future. It is essentially a clean break, although the employer does not have to agree to it so it will be subject to negotiation.
In terms of what you can ask for then that is not always easy to work out because in the end it will have to be an amount you are happy to accept and the employer is happy to pay. I suppose you have to consider what you may be able to get if you were to claim for constructive dismissal and were successful. This would compensate you with a basic award (calculated in the same way as statutory redundancy) and loss of earnings for the period between which you leave and find a comparable job. As you can see that can vary depending on when you manage to get a new job but as a good starting negotiating point you may wish to start by asking for your notice period, a redundancy payment equivalent and 6 months pay. The employer may not agree with you and try to negotiate you down, which can be expected, but have a figure which you would be happy to accept and not go below so that you know when to end negotiations and not be pushed any lower.
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