Can an employer change any policies and procedures within the organisation, without consulting with staff, as long as it is communicated to them afterwards?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 September 2015
This will depend on whether the policies / procedures in question, or the relevant provisions contained therein, are contractual.
Contractual terms can normally only be amended with the employee’s consent. In other words, an employer cannot make a “unilateral” change to such terms. Policies will often contain clauses expressing that the policy is non-contractual. In doing so, an employer has much more scope to modify non-contractual provisions or arrangements at any time without securing the agreement of staff.
Many policies and procedures which an employer puts in place do not
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