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Changing Employment Terms

Varying contracts to create beneficial ways of working following the coronavirus pandemic

A Tips & Advice Special Report about...

In a nutshell

This Special Report provides detailed guidance on the issues that you need to consider when changing an employee’s employment terms. As well as exploring how the law regulates the way in which you may vary employment terms, we look at the practicalities. It will ensure that you can make changes that are legally binding whilst minimising your exposure to risk.

In detail

The onset of the coronavirus pandemic forced most businesses to temporarily change and evolve their ways of working. As we slowly start to emerge from the restrictions and you begin to assess your specific long-term business needs in a post-pandemic world it may be that some of the temporary changes that had to be implemented on an emergency basis worked well for the business, with the result that you now want to make them permanent. Alternatively, there may be other changes to employment terms or the way in which employees work that you would like to make as part of a general business reorganisation. For example:

  • Place of work - do you want some employees to continue to work from home on a permanent basis?
  • Pay - do any temporary pay cuts need to be made permanent due to your current financial situation? 
  • Benefits - can you still afford to offer the same level of benefits, or are some of them no longer suitable or relevant given that employees are now permanently working from home?
  • Working hours - do working hours or shift patterns need to reduce or change to give you more flexibility in the running of your business?
  • Job duties - do some job duties need to change to reflect the fact that your business has moved on as a result of the pandemic?

This Special Report delivers all the essential advice that businesses need in 2021. It’s a practical guide for all employers to help ensure the future viability and success of your business in a post-pandemic world.

We've created this Tips & Advice Special Report especially for... 

Business owners, personnel managers and HR officers that want to:

  • Make changes to employment terms in a legally binding but risk-free way

You'll get the following free extras with this Tips & Advice Special Report... 

An online service with ready-to-use documents

  • To immediately apply our advice and solutions in practice
  • That you can easily adapt to suit your own requirements

In this Tips & Advice Special Report you'll read about...


Identifying the contractual terms

Changes authorised by the employment contract

Changes not authorised by the employment contract

Changing employment terms with express consent

Implied consent and unilateral variation

Dismissal and re-employment

Collective consultation on dismissal and re-employment

The discrimination risk

Changes to the written statement of employment particulars


Mobility and relocation clause

Flexible job duties clause

Flexible working hours clause

Variation of terms of contract of employment letter
(in exercise of a contractual power)

Blanket power to vary contract clause

Meeting to discuss varying contract terms

Letter seeking agreement to vary employment contract terms

Letter confirming agreement to vary terms of contract of employment

Letter chasing agreement to vary employment contract terms

Proposal to dismiss and re-employ on new terms

Letter terminating employment and offering re-employment on new terms

Invitation to nominate as employee rep for changing employment terms

Invitation to elect employee reps for changing employment terms

Ballot form for election of employee reps

Employee reps election result notice

Letter inviting collective consultation on changing employment terms

Statement of changes to employment particulars

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