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What reason did they provide for doing this?
Yes if you could upload it that would be great.
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Just to clarify, checking the contract and advising on its contents is a premium service and will be charged extra, if you do not want that I can just discuss your general legal position in terms of issuance of contracts, challenging that etc?
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ok leave it with me for now I will reply as soon as I get home from the office, thanks
Many thanks for your patience, are you able to upload the contract you are currently working under please?
Hi there, sorry I was offline most of today as I was in court. OK so I have checked the contract. Whilst it does not have an expiration date it does have a clause allowing for termination through notice. In effect if the employer is asking you to sign a new contract, then it is up to you whether you do so and no one can force you to do this. If you refuse to sign the contract there is nothing stopping them from terminating the current contract you are on as long a they give you the required notice under it. It is very unlikely you will be classified as an employee in the circumstances so you will not be able to challenge any termination and the reasons for it, just the right to receive the required notice period as stipulated in its terms. If you have not signed the new contract you can easily reject it and you will not be bound by its terms, but do bear in mind that it could jeopardise the contract you are currently working under. Do let me know if you need further assistance or want me to clarify anything
To be honest what they refer to you as is irrelevant – your employment status is not determined by what you are labelled as and it entirely depends on how you are treated – so you can be called an employee by them, when in fact legally you would be self employed