A verbal contract is binding, yes. The terms and conditions under which you have worked for a number of years cannot be changed unilaterally, ie without your consent.
On the other hand, if your position has effectively become redundant, because the company no longer requires a typist, then being moved to new duties is a reality. That is a reasonable change and one which you will presumably agree to, if you are satisfied to do a different job for the same employer rather than be made redundant.
Job duties have not changed other than not as much typing as my duties were all administrative and typing was only on an ad-hoc basis as required. Therefore I assume my old terms and conditions still apply?
Yes, the old terms and conditions should still apply. In principle, as a matter of contract law, changes can only be made to your contract if you agree to them.
Thank you for that information. What is my best option going forward? I have a meeting with our new CEO on Thursday morning and am not too sure how to approach it. I do not like confrontation and do not want to be put in a position of being made very uncomfortable if I do not accept his new terms and conditions of employment. I am very upset over this but feel I would not be able for the stress of going down a legal route. Should I make some compromise but if this is unacceptable to him - have I know choice but to seek legal representation? Or are there any other avenues?
Apologies for the delay in getting back to you - I did not see the notification in my inbox.
I hope that your meeting on Thursday went well.
If you are threatened with dismissal on the basis that you refuse to accept the changes to your contract, then that would amount to unfair dismissal. I imagine that some kind of mutual compromise should be possible, as they will be aware of that.
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