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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.
Was there a guarantee of a return to your substantive role at the end of the secondment? Please note this is not always an instant service so I may not be able to reply immediately. Rest assured that I am dealing with your query and will get back to you the same day. Thanks
Many thanks for your patience. So is your substantive role being made redundant, or requiring a reduction in number of employees?
Is your substantive role unique? If not, are others doing it also at risk?
and will the role continue to exist?
Please note I am referring to the original role you did, not the secondment one?
Ok thanks. Tis should have really been covered in the secondment agreement. If you go on secondment there is however no automatic right to return to your old role and usually this will only happen if there is a guarantee of this in the secondment agreement, or if the employer agrees to it anyway.
In your case you should be offered something of an equivalent nature, which is what you were promised, but if these positions are at risk of redundancy then you could find yourself going straight back into a role that is at risk and you find yourself at risk too.
Even if your old role was guaranteed on your return, that could have also been at risk of redundancy at this time, meaning you went back and placed at risk as soon as you go back into this role.
Does this answer your query?
If a role you may be going back to will be affected by this then you can be included in the process now, even if you are still on secondment
Does this clarify things a bit more for you?
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