A family member of mine recently died, and in anticipation of the funeral, I gave advanced notice to my employer that I would not be able to come to work for a day because of the emotional strain, travel time, and schedule imposed by the funeral, and that they were to look for a replacement.
My manager was not pleased with this, and immediately threatened to end my contract if I didn't show up or find a replacement myself, stating that they didn't have the time or resources to search for a replacement themselves, although I don't have any more time or resources than they do, and I definitely wasn't going to be able to find a replacement either, which I of course notified them of. They didn't give me any further solutions. Basically, they gave me a choice between attending the funeral or keeping my job.
Due to an arguably immoral (but probably legal) contract, it indeed seems possible for me to be fired under any circumstances for not showing up or announcing a replacement (I don't know how they account for injury or sickness, but that's how it's written). This all never and still doesn't concern me too much, however, as this is a low-paying part time job, that I wasn't going to abandon a funeral for, especially since this funeral in particular was of great importance to me.
I of course did attend the funeral, and indeed, the next day I was notified that my contract had been terminated, and that I would be fired after the 14 day notice period as laid out in the contract. However, I independently received conflicting information from my employer stating that my manager was still discussing a solution regarding my employment and contract.
After asking for clarification, I was told that I had indeed been fired and that my contract had been terminated, but that I would be able to keep working for the company without any further complications if I didn't escalate breaching contract by skipping the notice day period (which I wasn't planning to do anyway).
I am left very confused by this. So far as I can tell, once a contract termination has been notified, once I have been properly "fired", then the contract will have been terminated and will have to be resigned/renegotiated. Even disregarding the content of the contract, there's no real question that I have been fired and that the contract has been terminated, it was threatened with beforehand and confirmed afterwards. And I've never heard of a contract termination being "canceled", or a person being "unfired", so I don't really understand what kind of situation I am in right now.
What I feel like happened is my manager threatened the termination of my contract in an unnecessary act of rage or desperation, followed up on that threat, then backed off at the prospect of having to find a replacement. Either that or I just have plain and simply been lied to with regards to my termination (which doesn't seem legal?).
Unfortunately, either of these options seems reasonable to me, since the management of my employer hasn't generally been the best (having to provide my credentials multiple times due to bad administration, receiving my pay late multiple times, being scheduled for work-hours conflicting with earlier promises, etc.). I feel like a lot of pressure and responsibility is put on our management, it might even be the case that my manager is personally responsible for replacing me considering what I have heard earlier and especially considering their hostile reactions, but of course, that's no excuse for what happened here.
Whatever the case may be though, I am not sure how to proceed now, especially when it comes to agreeing to the canceling of the termination.
I wouldn't mind staying for at least a couple more weeks, however, I also don't really care about this job, since the pay is low, the work has grown to be below my skill level, and especially because of its current management. Using a fake contract termination as a leverage tool doesn't seem moral, fair or even legal to me, and neither does the prospect of possibly working illegally without a contract. I don't really know how to proceed with discussing this with my manager now.