4. Changing Terms

Can you Change Terms?

As stated in the Introduction to Contracts, a contract of employment is a legally binding agreement. Once it is made, both parties are bound by the terms and neither party can alter those terms without the agreement of the other.

However, during the course of employment, terms of employment may need to change. This may be due to changes in working methods, a change in the structure of the business or the job roles. It may also include a need for the employer to reduce costs or meet customer demands, or for other commercial reasons. Changes may also be requested by employees, for example, an employee making a request for a change in working hours.

Most changes happen easily by mutual consent....

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There are times when you may need to vary or change terms of employment for business reasons. This has to be managed through a process of consultation in order to minimize risk and potential liability.

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