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My boss says he is putting his shop up for sale. I have worked there for 14 years, averaging 20 hours a week. He says he hopes the new owners will employ me. If they do, will they have to take on board the years I have been here?

Yes. If the new owners aren’t going to take you on you are entitled to 12 weeks’ notice, or pay in lieu, plus a redundancy payment worked out by reference to your age and your years of service. You may also be able to claim unfair dismissal. If you keep your job you are entitled to the same terms and conditions as before. And if at some future date it’s decided that your services are no longer required, the total number of years you have worked there must be taken into account.

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