Can an employer change any policies and procedures within the organisation, without consulting with staff, as long as it is communicated to them afterwards?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 1 September 2015
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox

A distinction exists between contractual terms of employment and policies/procedures relating to work practices that are not contractual in nature. While a policy/procedure (e.g. modernisation of workspaces, disciplinary policy, IT security policy) may be varied/amended by an employer unilaterally, a contractual term (e.g. pay, pension scheme, hours of work) may not be altered without an employee's consent as this could amount to a breach of contract. 

It is prudent for an employment contract to specifically state (where applicable) that certain policies or procedures do not form part of

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