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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.
When did you sign the contract for the new job and would you be considered a key worker?
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Many thanks for your patience. If you had accepted as formal offer by the employer then you can argue that there is a legally binding contract in place. Therefore, if they fail to employ you as promised they would be acting in breach of contract. If you were issued with a contract by them you should check to see if there is a lay off clause or anything similar which would allow them to stop you from working without pay.
If no contract was issued or no such clause exists then what they could potentially do is tear up the offer and not employ you, or just delay your start date, although that would potentially allow yo to claim damages from them. In general, any damages would be equivalent to the notice period you would have been due had you started with them and been dismissed immediately, which they could have legally done. Again, it depend son whether you had a contract which contained a notice period ands if not, then it is usually a week’s wages.
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