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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, if you vary employees' terms without having the contractual right to do so or going through the proper procedures, you run the risk of having costly claims for breach of contract, constructive dismissal and unlawful deductions from wages brought against you. Employee relations and public image can also suffer.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

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