Areas of Law / Employment

Three weeks ago I started a part-time job. The business has now changed hands and the new owner wants to change the opening hours, which will mean working different hours. Can I object?

When businesses change hands employees are usually protected by legislation which states that their employment contracts must remain unaltered. If you were to be sacked for refusing to work the new hours in this situation you would almost certainly be entitled to compensation, even though you normally have to be in a job for two years before you’re entitled to make a claim for unfair dismissal. But since you have worked for the firm for such a short period of time, any compensation would amount to very little. So from a practical point of view you would probably be advised to re-negotiate your hours.

What our clients say about our lawyers

The advice provided was excellent and helped me in making key decisions.

A Satisfied Client


Read More

About Us

Leading legal advisors, problem solvers – all round good guys! We’re firm believers in a practical, no nonsense approach to law. Forget the jargon, we like to keep it simple – why complicate matters? No stress, no worry, just straightforward solutions to your legal issues. Free legal advice at your fingertips, from the experts to your inbox.

Free-Legal-Advice.co.uk is owned and operated by Farleys Solicitors LLP, a member of The Law Society and is regulated in the practice of law by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Registration No: 484687. Any advice given on this site or in response to any question is only applicable to the law of England and Wales.

Privacy Policy | Terms