Legal risks when changing employment terms

This section explains the legal risks that you may face when changing employment terms.

Legal risks will depend on the nature and extent of the change you are making, the route you choose for achieving the change and many other factors, including whether there is financial detriment to employees, individual employees’ circumstances, the wider economic climate, employee relations environment etc.

There should be no legal risks where you obtain employees’ express agreement to changes. However, there will be risks where you make changes by dismissal and re-engagement or unilateral variation.

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