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he has had the car for two years now, it is a three year contract with a rental company.
it will be two years old in July.
Hi, thanks for your patience. His rights would really depend on whether this was a specific contractual benefit, or just a ‘perk’ as you said, which would not be a contractually binding benefit. So the first thing to do is check his contract or any contractually-binding policies to see if it says anything in there about his rights on having extras on the car of his choice. If all he is entitled to is a company car, without any mention of additional extras being a specific right, then this would just be a perk, an additional benefit given at the company’s discretion and something that can be modified or removed at any time. In other words he would not have contractual rights to keep the car with the extras, as long as he is provided with a car within the relevant value that reflects his entitlement at work.
If he has a bad back which is sufficiently serious to make him have difficulties in performing his normal day to day activities, then it could even amount to a disability in law and the employer would have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to assist him, such as providing specialist equipment or making changes that would help him keep the symptoms at bay. This could include better seats in his car. However, that would only really apply if it was a serious problem, not just a bad back that anyone may get from time to time.
In any event he is able to challenge the employer’s actions by going down the grievance route with them and prompting them to investigate the circumstances that led to this, his rights in the situation and provide a formal response, which he can appeal if necessary.
Please let me know if this has answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this? Thanks