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Good morning, thank you for contacting Just Answer my name is***** am a solicitor and I will be assisting you today. I am sorry to hear about your current situation, can you clarify your question is this whether you are required to be paid for this time off?
The offer of a call is automatically generated by the system, I am happy to provide a written response.
It is unlikely that the employer will be able to obtain full payment of the training as this is scheduled up until the 4th October however they may be able to request a partial payment for the training costs.
Have you managed to speak to a manager or HR about this?
Not necessarily, as there is a flexibility clause which states that normal hours of work may be varied to meet the operational requirements of the Company.
Therefore they can change the hours that you are required to work without breaching your contract.
It is difficult to assume how the company will deal with this, unfortunately due to your level of service you are unlikely to have accrued any holiday or any notice period if the company were to terminate your contract.
However, the company may take a lenient approach and allow you to leave without repaying the full training costs as you have not undertaken the completed training.
I would advise that you continue to approach the employer, and try to resolve the matter, but there is nothing stopping you in the interim from making enquiries with recruitment agents to see if you can obtain alternative employment as the current employer does appear to be in some form of difficulties.
Glad to be off assistance, if you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
It would not be illegal to record the call, and should the claim proceed to a tribunal this can be used as evidence. It is possible that the company could demonstrate that monies were spent on training. I think it would be difficult to claim monies for for hours not worked due to the wording of the clause which does provide a degree of flexibility and the company could show that this was due to operational requirements however a tribunal would make the ultimate decision on the matter.