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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
Did you receive a contract and if so, please upload it on here using the paperclip symbol
OK so can I just check, are you able to choose the days and times you work?
Thank you. Are you able to choose the days and times you work?
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Thank you. I will get back to you with my answer as soon as I can, which will be at some point today. The system will notify you when this happens. Please do not reply in the meantime as this may unnecessarily delay my response. Many thanks.
Many thanks for your patience. It’s a tricky situation because if you are not actually undertaking any work, you will not get paid, but then again the reason you are not able to do work is because of the employer’s actions. There is sadly nothing concrete in law which states what your rights are and whether you can charge or not,. You can try, but the employer can easily refuse to pay. In that case your only option is to take it to court and try your luck there and to be honest the decision could go any way. So it is best to cover yourself by having a written contract in place and specifically to have a clause which covers you for these situations. That way there would be no dispute and it is stated in black and white that you have the right to charge for any time when you are available for work but are not able to do it due to the employer’s actions.
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