Advice on Agreeing and Changing Contracts of Employment

August 2016

Changes occur in working relationships and contracts of employment for all kinds of reasons. Problems can usually be avoided or resolved through discussion. This Guide 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.

The first section of the Guide provides information on what a contract of employment is and the various terms associated with it. The remainder of the guide provides information and advice on the various ways that changes can be made to a contract of employment.

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