Many thanks for your patience. It won’t be duress as such because they are entitled to give you a deadline for acceptance. Failure to meet such deadline would mean that they can either treat the contract as having been impliedly accepted, or they could actually decide they do not want to work with you and terminate your employment. What you should be aware of is that if you have been continuously employed at you place of work for less than 2 years then your employment rights will unfortunately be somewhat limited. Most importantly, you will not be protected against unfair dismissal. This means that your employer can dismiss you for more or less any reason, and without following a fair procedure, as long as the decision is not based on a reason which makes a dismissal automatically unfair. These include:
· Discrimination due to a protected characteristic (i.e. because of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, etc.)
· Taking, or trying to take, leave for family reasons including pregnancy, maternity/paternity leave, parental leave, adoption leave or leave for dependants
However, if the dismissal had nothing to do with any of the above exceptions, you would not be able to challenge it. So you are in a somewhat vulnerable position if they see you as being difficult over this contract issue and decide they can dispose of your services as a result. So if you need a couple of days to read the contract in full then ask for that but try not to delay it too much so as not to risk your whole employment with them because of it.,
Does this answer your query?