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I understand your employer has requested a meeting outside of your working hours, as you have handed in your resignation, and you are wanting to know whether you are required to attend. Please tell me how long you have worked for this employer?
Thank you, ***** ***** they provided any particular reason for arranging the meeting outside of your contracted hours?
OK and are you a part of the management team?
Thank you, ***** ***** does your contract say about management meetings please?
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Many thanks for your patience, it is appreciated. I am now pleased to be able to provide further assistance with your query. First of all, I am sorry to hear about the issues brought up by this. It must be a frustrating situation to be going through.
The answer to your question would generally lie in your contract, which may cover what can be expected of you in such circumstances. Whilst you have mentioned that there is no specific mention of management meetings, this can still potentially be covered by a more general clause, such as something that states you can be asked to undertake additional tasks or work additional hours, as the business needs dictate. This would aloe them to ask you to work over and above your contracted hours, and it could potentially cover a request to attend this meeting which is not held during your normal working hours.
However, if there are no such clauses you can challenge the employer and state that they cannot ask you to do this as it is outside of your contracted hours.
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Hello again and thank you for your further queries, which I will be more than happy to answer. I would argue that this clause is only there to cover specific circumstances, mainly to do with covering duties, rather than attending meetings.
They could try and say that you should still work your full notice period, but the argument there is that this has already been agreed and should remain in place.
They can consider disciplining you but taking more serious action like dismissing you will be rather risky considering that you have not breached any rules or policies.
They could do other things related to your job internally which could make it difficult for you, but can’t say what these are as it could be anything in terms of how you are treated, etc
Will they pay you for the remainder of your notice period?
If that is the case you would argue that they are in fact dismissing you, rather than you resigning and that it would be an unfair dismissal as there are no fair grounds for dismissing you (i.e. you are not guilty of gross misconduct or anything that would justify instant dismissal).
why is that meeting so critical to performing your job?
I would argue that they are still trying to make you do something which you are not contractually obliged to do and that there are also other ways to participate, such as through a video or phone call, or with being issued with the minutes of the meeting confirming what was discussed/
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Hi your rights are as discussed above, you can argue that asking you to attend this meeting is not part of your contract and there is no clause allowing them to force you to do so. However, there is also nothing stopping you from dismissing you earlier than planned and alleging misconduct, such as for failing to follow a reasonable instruction. It is then up to you to challenge them and potentially make a claim against them for any missing notice pay or for unfair dismissal.