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Breach of Contract

In an employment context a breach of contract occurs if either the employee or employer fails to discharge one or more of their contractual obligations. For example, an employer could breach the contract by imposing a reduction in pay without the agreement of the employee, or an employee could breach the contract by refusing to carry out an essential duty or disclosing confidential company information to a third party.  A fundamental breach to the root of the contract by an employer may entitle an employee to resign claiming Constructive Dismissal.  A breach on the part of the employee may justify disciplinary/dismissal action by the employer depending on the seriousness of the breach.  

Employees

Breach of contract

Employers

The employment contract

See:
  • Advice on Agreeing and Changing Contracts of Employment
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