I suppose I’m not looking for advice, exactly, but I just want to tell someone about the kind of day I’ve had. It’s not directly MS-related, but MS does mean it’s more of a worry for me, than it might be for other people.
I can’t say too much, because I don’t want to reveal the identity of the companies involved.
But basically, many years ago, I was working for a company that transferred part of its operations to another company. This type of transfer is covered by legislation called TUPE (Transfer of Understakings Protection of Employment), for those who are interested in that kind of thing.
The whole operation AND all the people (including me) transferred to the new employer, but keeping their old terms and conditions.
Anyway, I didn’t much like it at the time, but that was all water under the bridge, and I have been working for the “new” employer ever since (years!)
Today, in a shock announcement, it turns out the old employer (the one that decided it didn’t want us years ago) is negotiating a deal to get us back. In a shock announcement, that none of us had foreseen, all of us were called to a consultation meeting, today, about potentially transferring back to the old employer, as soon as next Spring (this is the earliest they can legally do it).
I’m trying to tell myself there may be some positives, as I never really chose to leave Employer A in the first place. They chose to part company with me. But now it seems I may end up back with them after all.
Having not worked for them for years, I’ve absolutely no idea what their current stance is on disability/chronic illness (although they are a major blue chip company, so should meet the legal minimum). I also don’t know what their attitude is to homeworking (which I’ve done for years), and whether they even allow it, or whether I might suddenly to be expected to report to an office, suited and booted, every morning. If that happened, I don’t think I would be able to adjust to the longer days and extra effort, and would probably have to quit!
I’m still being told I “might not” be one of those affected, but the way it was presented this afternoon sounded like a done deal, and that all that remained to be done was dot the i’s and cross the t’s.
They’re arranging consultation with the destination company’s HR, so I’m feeling like it will happen. Then they laughably told everyone to get on with their jobs, and not to worry about it.