I have to cover holidays etc, but my colleague doesn’t. Is that fair?

My contract states that I have to be willing to cover holidays, sickness etc. My employer forgot to write it into my colleague’s contract so they don’t ask her to cover, but everyone else in our team does have to cover. Are they allowed to do this and what can I do about it?

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Each contract is tailored to individuals and no two contracts are exactly the same.

It is frustrating that this is not in your colleague’s contract, but, unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that this clause can be removed for you. It would also be difficult to amend this in a contract.

You can discuss with your manager that you feel it is unfair that one person in the team doesn’t have to cover holidays and can they please ensure that holiday cover is spread fairly across the rest of the team.

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