I am currently experiencing a situation at work, where I am unclear on what my rights are, and what course of action I should take.
The MD is currently carrying out a restructuring exercise to put in place the structure that he and the board feel is required to support our growth going forwards.
I am currently the General Sales Manager, and with 4 senior management colleagues form the management team with the company owners.
Under the new structure I have been offered a Business Development Management role, which differs from my current role as follows:
1) Reports: direct and indirect reducing from 16 to 4.
2) Function: 3 out of 4 functional responsibilities being removed; Customer Service, European Sales, and UK Sales (within 6 months).
3) Strategic Input: Removal from the monthly Business Review process, and strategic senior manager / board of Directors meetings.
4) Title: General Sales Manager to Business Development Manager.
5) Salary: whilst it will be kept the same for the next Salary year it will potentially reduce by approximately 17% in the future due to differences in the salary score line, specifically in Management Responsibility, and Job Complexity, and it was confirmed that the reduced line will be used in the future to set the annual salary for the role.
In addition to the above, managers identified to move into the functions that are being taken from me were consulted with before I was consulted, and offered potential new roles.
I am not clear on what my rights are in this situation. Is this a redundancy, or is it allowable?
I would appreciate any feedback available.
It would appear that your substantive role is being completely changed and so is currently at risk of redundancy. That brings with it obligations relating to consultation and the offer of suitable alternative employment.
The new role that is being offered does not look as if it is comparable and you can argue that it is not a suitable alternative if you do not want to take it. However, that leaves you out of work at a time where finding alternatives may be quite difficult. Is that what you want?
I would suggest that the starting point is to simply ask your MD what the options are if you chose not to take the new role and see what he says.
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