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Changing Terms & Conditions

If you want to change employees’ contracts, for example their working hours, their pay or their place of work, you should be careful – if you just impose a contract change without seeking agreement, you will be in breach of contract and your employees may:

  • make legal claims against you for constructive dismissal, if the breach is fundamental
  • claim damages for breach of contract at a civil court ; or
  • claim at an employment tribunal for unlawful deduction from wages if the change affects their pay.

Imposing a change is also likely to affect the employees’ level of engagement, morale and performance.

However, it is entirely possible to make changes to the pay, terms and conditions of your employees without causing major problems and ForHR can help you to do this, having been involved in many such changes.  Also see our factsheet.

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