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Can an employer change an employee’s terms and conditions of work?

The employment contract defines the employer-employee relationship, including the terms and conditions of employment. Employers cannot make changes without the employee’s consent.

If the terms and conditions of an employment contract need to be changed, both employers and employees should negotiate and try to reach an acceptable agreement, taking into consideration business needs and the employee’s concerns.

A new contract with the new terms and conditions clearly stated should then be signed. This helps to prevent misunderstandings or disputes.

If no agreement can be reached, either party can serve notice and end the employment relationship.

Last Updated: 7 September 2017