Q: Renewal of employment contract on partial disability
I am a partner of a large professional firm and a full-time contract paid me well with benefits. Last year I developed a disability and since have been on partial disability. Our group had a vote and decided to sell the company to another prominent organization. In my profession, 1-3 year contracts are routine. The new organization, which had in the past made a promise to employ everyone from the partnership, and that each would have equivalent pay- is now offering me a contract for part-time status and it deprives me of benefits (medical, etc). All others are offered FTE contracts. I am not clear if I have any legal protection. While disability benefits will stay intact from the prior insurer, I need medical coverage to continue to qualify as they need physicians' evaluation of disability quarterly bases.
There are quite a few factors that could potentially affect your rights. For just a few examples:
Are you an owner or an employee? How recently did the new company take over? Was the promise for equivalent pay included in a written contract between the two companies? Etc.
To be able to best advise you, an attorney would need an opportunity to review the relevant documents and discuss the facts with you. You might consider speaking with an attorney directly. That way, any guidance you receive can be tailored to your specific circumstances.
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