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Varying contracts of employment: what are the risks for employers?

Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh has suggested that thousands of M&S staff could lose their jobs in the run up to Christmas if they reject a pay deal. Staff who have not accepted new terms would have their contracts of employment terminated and be offered re-employment under new terms, as part of the bid to implement changes to pay and pensions.

Terminating staff for not accepting changes to terms and conditions seems a risky and extreme course of action, but is this the correct way to go about implementing contractual changes?

Clio Springer looks at the process to follow, and the factors to consider, for employers that are thinking about varying employees' contractual terms.