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Old 11.08.2015, 12:36
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Change of Employer with no written communication - is it valid?

Hi Guys!
It may be a question for a lawyer, but I'm actually checking to see if any of you had the same experience I'm having now.
I got a phone call from my line manager last week, he told me that my division has been sold to another company so my contract will be "sold" along and I will change employer and most likely office location (inconvenient for me).
Are they allowed to do such things? I think I should have something in writing, and I also should have been asked if I agreed to the change of Employer.
I was considering asking a lawyer in fact, but I would benefit if any of you could tell me your experience
Thanks!!
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Re: Change of Employer with no written communication - is it valid?

You have 2 choices:
1) Work for the new company
2) Quit
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Re: Change of Employer with no written communication - is it valid?

My division wasn't actually sold like in your case, but the name of the company I worked for changed, or my division under the old name, ceased to exist.

Everybody was moved onto a contract with the company's new name, whether they signed the new contract (with new conditions - obviously much worse) or not. Whether this was actually legal and/or my contract was still valid is another matter... - some of us including me did not sign!
I didn't query it further as I didn't have the time or energy to take the matter up legally.
If it is a large company they tend to do as they please without consulting the employees or respecting their rights. They pay for their mistakes in the long run however.
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You have 2 choices:
1) Work for the new company
2) Quit
Actually I got insight from an ex-colleague that the new company is not interested in the employers, but they only acquired my division for the patents and the plants, so they will get rid of us asap...

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My division wasn't actually sold like in your case, but the name of the company I worked for changed, or my division under the old name, ceased to exist.

Everybody was moved onto a contract with the company's new name, whether they signed the new contract (with new conditions - obviously much worse) or not. Whether this was actually legal and/or my contract was still valid is another matter... - some of us including me did not sign!
I didn't query it further as I didn't have the time or energy to take the matter up legally.
If it is a large company they tend to do as they please without consulting the employees or respecting their rights. They pay for their mistakes in the long run however.
Were you able to get the unemployment support at least? If I do not accept I think it is like I should be able to at least get that while i search for a new job.

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Re: Change of Employer with no written communication - is it valid?

You certainly don't have to quit. You can look around for new work, if you want to leave, in the meantime, but you still have a valid work contract with termination terms that should be respected by the new people.

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Were you able to get the unemployment support at least? If I do not accept I think it is like I should be able to at least get that while i search for a new job.
I continued working there, the new conditions applied to me, even though I (and a couple of others) had not signed the new contract accepting the new, worse conditions. As I said, whether it was legal I don't know. They had threatened to fire people who didn't sign, but the threat wasn't carried out.
I didn't become unemployed, but I no longer work there for other reasons.

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