Is there ever a ‘safe’ way to force through a change in contract?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 7 May 2014
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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An employer cannot unilaterally 'force' through changes in the terms and conditions of an employee’s contract. The only ‘safe’ way to change a contract is by agreeing the change with the other party to the agreement.

It may also be possible for an employer to vary an employee's contract by including an express right to vary the employee’s contract of employment, however, the ability of an employer to rely on general variation clauses to unilaterally change a term or condition of employment is limited. The reasonableness of the employer’s actions will be relevant as well as the context for the change. There will be greater scope to unilaterally impose changes to a term or condition of

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Zelda Cunningham
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