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Working in publishing mythbusters

Think bubbleMYTHBUSTERS 1
- I cannot be sacked whilst off work with a doctor’s certificate.

- Wrong. Your employer has to conduct themselves fairly but you are not protected from dismissal whilst off sick.

MYTHBUSTERS 2
- I have to sign my contract of employment for it to be valid.

- Wrong. If your employer issues you with a new contract of employment and you work to the terms of that contract you are bound by it as much as if you sign it.

MYTHBUSTERS 3
- My employer gives me six months’ sick pay so I cannot be sacked before that runs out.

- Wrong. Your employer pays sick pay subject to the rules of the scheme.

MYTHBUSTERS 4
- I am entitled to take time off to visit my doctor or dentist.

- Wrong. There is no legal right to do so. It is discretionary.

MYTHBUSTERS 5
- I am a part-time worker facing redundancy but my employer must pay me the full-time redundancy pay for those years I worked full-time.

- Wrong. Redundancy pay is defined as compensation for the loss of your job and it is your salary at that point in time that counts.

MYTHBUSTERS 6
- TUPE protection of your terms and conditions only last for one year.

- Wrong. But neither do they last forever – this is highly complicated contract of employment law so contact your union when issues arise.