Variation of a Contract

Briefing highlights

This briefing is intended to give general advice and guidance about the main legal considerations which may arise when employers or employees wish to make changes to the contract of employment. It focuses on:

  • establishing a contract
  • employment status
  • contract terms
  • variation by an employer
  • variation by an employee
Learning outcomes

At the end of this briefing, participants will:

  • be able to explain the main contract terms such as implied terms; express terms; statutory terms; custom and practice and incorporated terms
  • be able to describe the requirement that the employer issues an employee with a Written Statement of Main Terms and Conditions of Employment
  • be able to specify the options facing an employee where a contract is varied without their agreement
  • have an understanding of the employee’s right to request a contract variation, ie flexible working and the employer’s business reasons to deny such a request
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Workplace Information Service

The Agency’s Workplace Information Service is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Workplace Information Service advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Workplace Information Service is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.

The Workplace Information Service provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.

While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.

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