Changing terms in challenging times | EEF

Changing terms in challenging times

a practical guide to effecting changes to terms and conditions of employment

Changes in working hours or shift patterns, pay arrangement or the removal or reduction of benefits all potentially involve changes to employees’ terms and conditions. This highly interactive and practical session will boost HR professionals’ and managers’ confidence in effecting contractual change and ‘flexing’ their employees’ existing terms and conditions. Let EEF help your organisation gain the further flexibility it needs to thrive in these challenging economic times.

Who Should Attend?

  • HR Directors
  • Managing Directors
  • Line managers with responsibility for implementing change

Why Attend?

  • Get the most out of your organisation’s existing terms and conditions
  • Reduce the risk of legal challenge when changing terms and conditions
  • Practical tools which help you plan and manage the process
  • Winning tactics when making changes in the face of opposition
  • Minimise the ER fallout from forced change


Delegates will benefit from EEF’s Legal and HR expertise and practical hands on experience when assessing:

The impact of the change sought
  • What is the impact on contractual terms? 
  • How strong is the business case for change? 
  • Maximise future flexibility
Options for effecting change
  • What are the options – agreement, imposition, termination and re-engagement? 
  • Risk assessment of available options
Legal consultation obligations
  • What are the legal consultation obligations
  • Dealing with trade unions and employee representatives 
Making changes in the face of opposition
  • Getting employees on board
  • Termination and re-engagement 
  • Minimising the negative impact of forced change 
Interactive planning workshop

Utilising practical tools designed by EEF, delegates will be encouraged to utilise their newly acquired technical knowledge to work through case study scenarios specifically designed to help them plan for and execute a change to terms and conditions, concentrating on:
  • Planning a change programme time-table
  • Conducting meaningful collective and individual consultation meetings
  • Dealing with challenges, objections, grievances and refusals
  • Concluding the consultation process
  • Practical tips on effecting termination and re-engagement
  • Bedding down post change 
Q &A session
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