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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.

Telephone Enquiry Point

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

The Enquiry Point 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.

028 9032 1442

Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Us

Please note that we cannot deal with employment-related enquiries by e-mail. To receive information or advice about an employment-related issue, please telephone our Helpline on Belfast 90 321442 where an officer will speak with you directly about your query. Please note that the Agency can arrange the services of an interpreter if required.

If you have an employment relations issue in Great Britain please contact the ACAS Helpline on 0300 123 1100 .

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