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Making and Varying Employment Contracts

Explore the legal risks, opportunities and practical management considerations of contract changes

This is a sample learning overview that we can design and deliver specifically for your organisation.

How do you avoid the legal pitfalls of changing employment contracts? We can design and deliver a (typically 1-day) training course that provides your team with a sound understanding of contract law and its application in the workplace. It emphasises how to handle contract variations in line with changing business needs. It explains the risks and the opportunities together with practical management considerations, set in their legal context.

  • How and when can you change key terms and conditions of employment?
  • What if your employees do not accept proposed changes?
  • When can you vary the contract unilaterally?
  • When is it safe to terminate the contract and offer re-engagement on changed terms?
  • How and when can you harmonise contract terms across different teams, divisions or businesses?

Designed for HR and personnel professionals, employee relations managers, legal advisers and HR consultants.

Learning highlights

  • Understand the importance of contract law in the employment relationship
  • Know what to include in an employment contract - and how to vary this if necessary
  • Be able to advise on contract flexibility
  • Know how to check and update employment contracts
  • Explore the practical and legal solutions to problems that may rise from varying employment contracts - in an interactive, case study format

View typical programme content

Programme

09:00

Registration and coffee

09:30

Welcome, introduction and outline of objectives

09:45

Contracts and the recruitment process

  • Meaning of a ‘contract’
  • Recruitment process and its effect on a contract
  • Formation of a contract
10:45

Contractual relationship

  • Types of contract
  • Contractual relationship - ‘employees’ and ‘workers’
  • Individual contracts and collective agreement
  • Continuity of employment
  • Termination of employment
11:15

Coffee

11:30

Contractual Terms

  • Making the contract
  • Written particulars
  • Fundamental implied and express terms
  • Status of workplace policies
12:30

Lunch

13:30

Varying contracts and the nature of change

  • Building in flexibility
  • Changes to working hours
  • Business reorganisation and redundancy
  • TUPE and changing contract terms
  • Flexible working requests
14:15

Changing contract terms

  • Change authorised by the contract
  • Express and implied variation
  • Agreed and unilateral variation
  • Acceptance and non-acceptance
  • Dismissal and re-employment
15:15

Coffee

15:30

Practical management issues

  • Defending business needs
  • Producing a ‘sellable’ product
  • Consultation, agreement and persuasion
  • Overcoming objections
  • Maintaining employee communication
  • Defending subsequent tribunal proceedings
16:30

Close of training

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