I am currently on a secondment. This was initially for eight months and was then extended for a further 18 months. I am 10 months in at the present time. A restructure has just been announced and my seconded role will no longer be in existence. I have been advised that, as I am on secondment, I am not in a position to be ringfenced or slotted in, although people on fixed-term contracts have been. Apart from returning to my original job role which is a significant pay drop and status, do I have any rights?
The general view is that any change in terms and conditions (for instance, if you are seconded to a higher pay band) is temporary and the employee will return to your substantive post and terms and conditions at the end of the secondment period. This should be stated in a change of contract letter or at least in confirmation from HR.
You could apply for other roles, but would not be protected as your previous role still exists. The other thing is you could try and state that ideally secondments shouldn’t be for longer than two years. You should check with your HR department.