Changing terms and conditions of employment
Employers must follow a fair and transparent process when making changes, including consulting with employees and providing adequate notice.
Failure to do so can result in legal action and damage to the employer’s reputation. Moore Barlow’s employment law solicitors offers expert legal advice on changing terms and conditions of employment.
- Sometimes it is necessary to change an employee’s terms and conditions, and whilst they may accept some changes, they may not want to accept others.
- It is vital you follow the correct procedure when changing their terms and conditions, to avoid claims for unfair, wrongful or constructive dismissal.
- Our advice will take you through the required process and minimise the risk of an employee claiming against you.
What are terms and conditions of employment?
Terms and conditions of employment outline the rights, responsibilities and obligations of both the employer and employee, including working hours, salary, leave entitlements, and disciplinary procedures.
Why are terms and conditions of employment required?
It frequently happens that after you have issued terms and conditions to an employee, the terms may need to be altered. There are some changes which are likely to happen by mutual consent, but others the employee may be less happy to accept. For example, pay increases or promotions are likely to happen by mutual consent and are unlikely to cause any legal issues.
Sometimes you might need to make changes to the employee’s terms and conditions which they don’t readily accept, such as changes to their working hours or benefits. When this happens, it’s important you understand your options:-
- To try and negotiate with the employee and dismiss them if they refuse to agree;
- To terminate their existing contract of employment and offer re-engagement on the new terms; and
- To impose the changes, and leave it to the employees to decide how to respond.
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Why choose our solicitors to help with terms and conditions of employment?
Our solicitors are the best choice to help with terms and conditions of employment because of their extensive knowledge and experience in the field. We understand the legal complexities involved in changing terms and conditions, and can offer expert advice and guidance to ensure your business is fully compliant with all relevant legislation. With a focus on practical, cost-effective solutions, our solicitors are committed to helping you achieve your employment goals while minimising risk and protecting your interests.
How can our solicitors help with terms and conditions of employment?
If you need a solicitor who can provide expert guidance and support in navigating the complex legal landscape surrounding terms and conditions of employment we can help. From drafting and reviewing employment contracts to advising on changes to terms and conditions, our team is dedicated to ensuring that your business remains compliant and your employees are treated fairly. With our help, you can manage the employment relationship with confidence and peace of mind.
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