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When did you accept the offer and when were you due to start the new job?
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Many thanks for your patience. If you had accepted a formal offer by the employer then you can certainly argue that you had a valid and legally binding contract in place. Their failure to take you on would therefore amount to a breach of contract on their part. However, as they could have taken you on as normal and then dismissed you on your first day (you don’t have unfair dismissal protection in the first 2 years of employment), then all you would have been due is whatever contractual period you would have been entitled to. If you had no contract issued yet then it may be just a week’s notice which is what compensation you could consider pursuing them for.
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Potentially it may but it is far from clear and it has to be tested through the courts. Until this has been done by either party you should proceed on the basis it is still a breach of contract . Does this clarify things a bit more for you?
You need to be employed by them to be made redundant, but they can allow you to start, even for a minute, then dismiss you – you would still be due your notice period though
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