Offered alternative role on fewer hours

I work as a teaching assistant in a school. We have gone through consultation as they are not having TAs any more and will have Teaching Partners, Learning Mentors, 1:1 TAs instead. So we had to indicate which we were interviewing for. I indicated Teaching Partner and interviewed for that position. I have worked for over two years as a TA and have a permanent contract working 8.45 – 3.15. I have been turned down for the post and told I can take another role which is fewer hours. This is a post I did not interview for. They are adamant they are not paying any redundancy. What can I do?

To qualify for statutory redundancy pay you must have worked for your employer for at least two years, which you have.

The amount you maybe entitled too will be calculated on age, weekly pay and number of years in the job.

You wouldn’t be entitled to statutory maternity pay if your employer offers you suitable alternative employment.

Whether a job is suitable will depends on the following:

  • how similar the work is to your current job
  • the terms of the job being offered
  • your skills, abilities and circumstances in relation to the job
  • the pay (including benefits), status, hours and location
You have the right to make a claim to an employment tribunal if you feel the role they have offered you isn’t a suitable alternative.
I would advise that you try speaking to your employer again about how you don’t feel the role they are offering you is a suitable alternative, due to the amount of hours you are losing per week and how this will impact on your pay. I would also advise that you discuss redundancy in more detail to see if this would be an option for you and your employer.

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