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How long have you worked there for?
i have had continuous service for 9 years with the origional company. they went into administration and in Jul last year the new company took on the lease as a going concern and we have continued under the new company
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Many thanks for your patience. The law does not define what a ‘partner’ is and it would usually be a common sense interpretation unless there is a specific policy that defines this and specifically lists person that would be treated as a partner. In the absence of a specific definition of what or who a partner is, then it would usually be a person you are in a relationship with. However, it does not include just a friend as you may guess, rather it has to be someone you are in some form of intimate relationship with.
If the employer has any doubts about the genuineness of the person you state is your partner, they may ask for further details to be certain this is the case. They should not just do this every time but only if there are genuine suspicions over it. It will then come down to you and the employer discussing the matter and agreeing on factors that will prove in a way that you are indeed the partner of the person in question.
So the company cannot decide who you choose as your partner, but then I do not believe this is the issue here, rather they are concerned that the person is not your partner. So it is not a matter that they disagree with your choice of partner but they have their doubts over whether they are genuinely your partner.
If they remove the benefit of accommodation then you do have the right to raise a formal grievance to pursue this matter further. If the grievance fails you can appeal but if that fails too then the only option open to you is to resign and claim constructive dismissal, so think carefully before you go down that route.
what do we have to do to prove we are in a relationship ?
well that is the difficulty - unless you are married or in a civil partnership you don't just get a document to prove you are in a relationship, you have to use any evidence you have, such as photos of you together that may suggest you are more than just friends, outgoings where you pay for each other , etc
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