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My employer has moved offices to another city and given us

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My employer has moved offices to another city and given us the option to take redundancy or to trial new location. To make the move easier in terms of our increased travel costs, the employer covered the difference in costs between the previous location and new location. During the trial period, shouldn't the employer cover the entire costs of travel to the new location given that we are not contracted to work in the new location and should be treated in the same way an employee would claim back on travel expenses when they go out to a meeting.

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Hello and thanks for your patience. The employer is not expected to cover the costs from your full costs for travel to the new location. It is assumed that you can still make your way to the old location as you have always done, and which is something you would not be paid for, and after that it would be a matter of covering the costs to the new location. In fact the law does not require the employer to cover any costs for the new location - you can trial it on the terms you have been offered and that does not have to include additional compensation for increased travel. However, it means that if you believe this increased travel time and costs make it unsuitable for you, you can reject it and opt for redundancy instead.

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