Latest HR NewsWednesday, March 9th, 2011
Some time ago we looked at the issue of changing employees’ contracts of employment. This is becoming increasingly common as employers have to persuade their staff to make changes to the way they work and are compensated in the face of serious operating difficulties. The article made clear the importance of gaining employees’ acceptance of these changes and what to do if that acceptance is not forthcoming. Obviously if a change is made, staff need to know exactly what it is, and this may be done by issuing new statements of terms and conditions of employment. However if the change is effected through employee representatives, individuals may not have been made fully aware what that change is, and a recent case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal has emphasised the need to redress this problem. Therefore if you issue new statements of terms and conditions of employment embodying changes you must:
- make the employees concerned aware of the changes, and
- have them sign their acceptance of them, say by signing a duplicate copy of the document that is then held in their file.