Can employers use an intranet to advise employees of changes to policies and procedures?
There is nothing to stop employers using an intranet to advise employees of changes to policies and procedures. However, it is important for them to consider whether or not the changes could have any contractual effect.
If a change to a policy or procedure is a contractual change, and particularly if it adversely affects benefits received or terms of employment, the employer is best advised to follow a variation process with proper consultation prior to making it, to try to avoid possible constructive dismissal claims.
If they recognise a union, employers should follow their normal collective bargaining processes in relation to changes to policies and procedures before giving notification of the changes on the intranet.