I work in an office-based Comms / Marketing role within the science / technology sector.
Approximately one month ago I was offered a new job with a different employer, signed a contract with the new employer and handed in my notice with my current employer.
My notice period with my current employer is three months, I am due to start the new job mid-May.
The contract that I signed with my new employer seemed pretty standard - they are a reputable company.
My start date was agreed between me and the new employer's HR department, via email, after the contract had been signed and is thus not part of the contract that I signed - again I think this is pretty standard (but I could be wrong).
With many companies currently asking all employees to work from home (due to covid-19) for the forseeable future, on-boarding of new employees is going to be much more difficult.
In this situation could my new employer unilaterally decide to delay my start date? Or, should my contract somehow protect me from this - even though it doesn't stipulate my actual start date?