Employment Lawyers Can Answer Your Employment Law Questions
Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
How long had you worked there for and when exactly did you sign the contract allowing them to reduce your notice period?
Thank you. Leave it with me for now, although please note it is extremely busy at present due to the ongoing situation so there may be a delay in replying, but I will get back to you at some point today. Please do not reply in the meantime. Many thanks
Many thanks for your patience. First of all, you have no unfair dismissal protection the circumstances as you need to have at least 2 years service to get that protection. They could have therefore dismissed you for more or less any reason and without a fair procedure.
In terms of the notice period being shortened, technically you had agreed to that so the new contract will be legally binding. The only issue is whether your employer misrepresented you into agreeing to the changes – that won’t necessarily be easy to show though as you need to be able to argue that their promise not to terminate you soon would have been a material factor in you accepting the new contract and also that they did not know at the time that they were going to be terminating you soon anyway. You could still challenge them and threaten to take it further, int eh hope they agree to give you a longer notice period than what you received, even if not the full 3 months.
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