What can an employer do to help an employee adapt to a change in his or her contractual terms?
The steps that an employer may be able to take to assist an employee in adapting to a change in his or her contractual terms will depend on the nature of the change. For example, if the employee's place of work has changed, the employer could offer a temporary later start time to allow the employee to become accustomed to travelling to the new location, or financial assistance for any increased travel costs. If the employer is introducing a new shift pattern, it should provide employees with a detailed explanation of how it will operate, and answer any questions they have, during the consultation period. Alternatively, if a new term is detrimental, for example a pay cut, the employer may want to consider a phased introduction, rather than making the entire deduction at once.