Employment issues

Employment issues

Employment issues Does anyone know anything about employment law?

i have worked for the same employer for many years and after talking to a few people am sure that they are not doing some things within the law.

  1. if employees have to attend work related courses out of normal working hours, do employers legally have to pay the employee their usual hourly working rate for the time spent on the course or offer them time off in lieu, my employers does neither.

  2. if an employer wishes to make a member of staff redundant and that member of staff has worked for them for at least 2 days a week for at least 7 years, is the fact that they have worked for 7

also, my employer booked me onto a course, without consulting me this course would be from 6.30 - 9.30 one evening a week for 4 weeks,

my working day is from 7.45 - .5.30 [with half an hour for lunch, if i’m lucky]

i returned to work in nov., 04 after diagoss and treatment, returned
on reduced hours, i would still find it very tiring and streeful to work all day and then do a 3 hour course, am i within my rights to say that i do not feel able to cope with that or can they take action against me .
m employer is one of those who, when you’ve been for a check up and got on ok thinks that means everything is alright now and her words to me last time were ’ you could work full time now’!!..NOT…


Hi Karen I can’t specifically answer your post but try the following link which gives a good idea of employment law


I’m not sure if it will cover your specific query but I hope you might find it useful.


The other link, which the Tiger link might also take you to is:



HR advise Hi Karen

Firstly i would suggest that you have a chat with your HR dept - they should be able to keep things confidential. Also check if HR have a policy on training/courses and hopefully if they do, this should cover the training issues.

Part-time, full-time, contracters, perm staff all have the same rights under employment law, as far as i am aware.
under the disability discrimination act, an employer should make reasonable adjustments.
my employer has offered me the working from home option - but then i work in HR so they have to follow best practice.
unfortunately my area of specialism is recruitment, so i cant give you specialist advise but would suggest that you also look at the above website receommended by your first response.
also look up the Disability discrimination act on google.

hope that helps.


Expert advice Hi Karen

I would advice you to call the Breast Cancer Care helpline to talk this through. They will be able to give you advice or point you in the direction of other organisations which can help.

The helpline can be contacted on 0808 800 6000.

Best wishes

Breast Cancer Care

Extra-contractual requirements Karen

I think you have posted a similar enquiry elsewhere, to which I have replied, as follows:

My head is buzzing from Chemotherapy today so not the most “together” reply, but a basic response seems to be neecded.

What happened when you returned to work on varied hours was that your employer and you mutually varied the terms of your employment contract. The new hours are therefore what you are expected to work. If - and ONLY IF - the terms of your contract say (or obviously imply) that you are expected to attend ADDITIONAL out-of-hours training sessions would you be required to do so. HOWEVER, even if required, any such attendances would have to be within the range of what is “reasonable” at any given time. In your case, working such long hours as you do already, and given your (presumably permanently) weakened physical state, it seems eminently unreasonable to expect you to attend elsewhere in the evening. (NB: They have already clearly accepted a change in your physical strength by adopting the change in your working hours.)

I should not have thought that you need to get a letter from your doctor - yet. What I suggest is that you tell your line manager that you would not be strong enough to concentrate/benefit from the training and that you simply feel unable to go - and that’s it. Should there be any demur, say you are sorry to be a pain but you have to protect your health, and please can s/he give you a written statement as to how s/he believes the proposed arrangement complies with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, so that you can show it and discuss it with your medical advisers. (Don’t mention lawyers, CABx advisers just yet - keep that in reserve!)

MEANWHILE REMEMBER: Your contract of employment is a CONTRACT, i.e. an agreement between two parties on the terms of a relationship, which are settled when both parties begin to act upon those terms (which has been the case for you since Nov.04). Those terms CANNOT BE UNILATERALLY VARIED. - And yes, if you AGREE to work additional hours (attendance at a training session for the employer’s purpose in what would otherwise be your private time equals work) then you are entitled to be PAID. The rate of pay which you negotiate for those extra hours is up to you!

Thank you jpoet For taking the time to reply to me, at what i know is not a good time for you.
Ihave posted a reply on ‘the other site’