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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.

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