A system of clocking in is being introduced, where there was none before. Would this be considered to be just a new work practice rather than an amendment of contracts of employment?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 7 December 2010
Depending on the circumstances, and the implications for the employees' remuneration, if any, this new system of clocking in could be considered merely a new work practice. Many contracts of employment contain a provision which permits reasonable changes to its terms. If this is the case here, subject to the new system being implemented in a reasonable manner and justified by clear business needs, the employer could also rely on such a clause to justify the change. Even in the absence of such a clause an employee would be expected to agree to reasonable minor changes to work practices.
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