Varying the contract

Clio SpringerEditor's message: Sometimes employers need to make changes to employees' contractual terms such as working hours or benefit entitlements, for business reasons. However, employers that vary employees' terms without having the contractual right to do so or going through the proper procedures run the risk of having costly claims for breach of contract and constructive dismissal brought against them. Employee relations can also suffer.

You can find out the legal position around variation of contracts in Employment law manual > Contracts of employment > Variation of contracts and how to reduce the risks associated with varying contracts in How to change the terms of existing employment contracts.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

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