Can my employer change my contract of employment?

A contract of employment is a legal agreement between the employer and the employee. Its terms cannot lawfully be changed by the employer without agreement from the employee (either individually or through a recognised trade union).

How can employment contracts be changed lawfully?

A contract between an employer and an employee or worker is a legally binding agreement. A contract can be agreed verbally or in writing. Any changes to the contract must be agreed by both the employer and employee or worker, or in some circumstances with a trade union or other employee representatives.

Can I refuse to change my contract?

It’s good practice to offer to discuss any concerns, which again might help encourage them to agree to the changes. However, in short, an employee can refuse to accept a change or variation in their contract’s terms and conditions.

How long is a consultation period for change of contract?

Making changes to the contract

A 30 day consultation period is recommended, during which time people should be permitted to ask any questions to enable them to fully consider the proposal.

Can my employer change my contract without my consent UK?

Usually, the employer and employee both need to agree to any contract changes. But an employee can insist on a change if they have a legal right to it.

How much notice does a company have to give you to change your contract?

Although not all changes of contract need to be set out in writing, you must give written notification within one month of any changes that relate to the employee’s main terms and conditions, such as working hours or job location.

Can an employer unilaterally change terms of employment?

Under the common law, an employer is not permitted unilaterally to change the terms of an employment contract with an employee, and if it does so without agreement the employee would have the right to either abandon the contract or to sue for damages in terms of the contract.

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