Changing Terms and Harmonisation

From time to time, as an employee, you will be faced with a request to change your terms and conditions of employment. Some changes will be minor, however some may have a significant impact on you and your family. As a result, you are likely to want to resist the change.

Knowing your rights to refuse are vital, as refusal to accept a change in the face of a right to do so, can place your employment relationship in difficulty. Bluntly, this can be the difference between a fair variation of contract and an employment tribunal claim.

We can help with:

  • Assessing whether there is a right in your employment contract to make the change
  • The process for making an unlawful change
  • The scope to lawfully dismiss and re-engage on new terms
  • The withdrawal of benefits
  • Collective consultation requirements (including elections and HR1)
  • Union negotiations and collective bargaining

For expert advice on changing employment terms, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experienced employment solicitors on 0800 2800 421.

Meet the team

Kathryn Evans


Andrew Crudge


Kira McKane