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What would you be doing on the construction site?
Thank you. Whilst your contract says you could be asked to undertake any other reasonable duties, the key word is ‘reasonable’ and you could certainly argue that what they are asking you to do is not reasonable. You are employed in an office capacity, therefore asking you to go and work in a construction site is unlikely to be deemed reasonable when compared to your contractual duties. It would have been reasonable to ask you to do other office-based work, which was not directly related to your usual job, but completely changing your working environment in such way would unlikely be considered fair and reasonable. In that basis you can refuse to undertake these duties and ask that you are either placed on garden leave or paid in lieu of notice, or given something which is reasonable.
Does this answer your query?
it may make any argument a little bit weaker but still, this is a period of two months we are talking about, not just a random day here and there. So whilst it may have been reasonable to ask you to cover short periods of time, it is still unlikely to be fair to ask you to move there for the full notice poeriod. Hope this clarifies?
this is unfortunately not covered in specific laws or legislation, this is what is considered reasonable under employment laws which lawyers know from practice and how tribunals would usually look at this. SO I am afraid you will not get a definitive law in black and white but if challenged in tribunal that is what they would be considering
No worries, if this was information which only you and the employer knew and it is about you personally, it could amount to personal data which you have rights under data protection so they could be accused of having v=breached data protection rules over it. What you can do realistically is not much though because whilst you can report it to the relevant authorities, they are unlikely to do much about it as it is a minor breach which has just placed you in a slightly awkward position, rather than resulted in some serious data loss or similar.
this is very unlikely to be a breach of contract and you have not breached anything from the contract. It is more empty threats than anything else