As part of a restructuring programme, is it possible to reduce an employee’s responsibilities and status (i.e. lower grade job title) while leaving their base pay unchanged? Could this be viewed as a demotion?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 5 February 2013
Arthur Cox
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It would be helpful to know the background to this situation including, for instance, whether the restructuring involves redundancy, reorganisation and/or TUPE. While making these changes is possible, these factors could impact on how the changes are made and/or if so, whether they remain valid. Reducing the employee’s responsibilities and status could amount to a demotion, even if salary is maintained. This could be because of how the employee feels he/she is treated/perceived within the organisation as a result of the reduced responsibilities and status.

This change is likely to amount to a change in the employee’s terms and conditions of employment. Unless the employee’s contract of

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