If employers want to make changes to an employee’s contract, they must get their agreement. They should:
- consult or negotiate with employees or their representatives (eg from a trade union or staff association)
- explain the reasons for any changes
- listen to alternative ideas from their employees
Employers might also want to talk with workers, asking them about their future plans. With older employees this can include talking about their thoughts on retirement and their options for staying in the job, eg changes to their role, hours or working pattern.
If employees want to make changes to their contracts, they should explain the reasons. They can’t insist on making a change unless it’s covered by a statutory right, eg not working on a Sunday.
Once any changes are agreed, the employer needs to confirm them in writing to their employees.