Thursday, April 17, 2014

Q: My company is being bought out by another I was told we would be doing the same jobs. We had to take a ten per cent pay cut last year and I have now been told that we are going to work in the new company with this wage beung set as our "new" salary. Also, our lunch is being reduced by 15 minutes. Can you tell me what our rights are in this - we were told about this on Friday and we are to start on the 17th January? Thanks.


A: The new owner undertakes all of the obligations (with the exception of pension) of your previous owner as part of the transfer of undertakings. 

You are legally entitled to a 15 minute break after the first 4.5 hours work and 30 minutes after 6 hours (which includes the 15 minutes after 4.5 hours) and under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997.