Employment Contracts in Depth

Short Course
Duration: 1 day   /   Level: General   /   Suitable for in-house

Explore a range of practical scenarios that involve changing contracts or varying terms during employment.



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Employment Contracts in Depth builds on a general knowledge of contract law. It reviews the law that underpins employment contracts to enable you to give advice about the practical and legal issues involved when drafting and amending employment contracts in different situations.

Run as it features here, or run in-house where the content can be tailored to suit your organisational needs; cost effective if a number of people require training.  Call our in-house training team to discuss your particular requirements on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

Who is it for
HR practitioners or line managers responsible for employment law issues within their organisation. Some previous knowledge/experience of employment contracts is assumed.

By the end of the Employment Contracts in Depth course, you'll be able to:


  • appreciate the importance of building flexibility into policies and contractual documentation
  • understand the need to make a strong business case for any change which affects employee contracts
  • advise on the practical issues to be taken into account when drafting or amending contracts.
  • Understanding contracts

    • Where contractual terms come from
    • Contractual and non-contractual terms
    • The importance of drafting
    • The need to build in flexibility
    • The consequences of getting it wrong
    • Reasons for varying a contract

    Contractual terms

    • Express and implied terms
    • Specific terms
    • Pay, benefits in kind, garden leave, mobility and flexibility, mutual trust and confidence
    • Garden leave
    • Restrictive covenants
    • Breaches of terms

    How a contract may be varied

    • Using the contract terms
    • By agreement (express or implied)
    • By unilateral (imposed) variation
    • By dismissal and re-engagement
    • Consultation issues and practical considerations
    • Implications for redundancy/transfers
    • Remedies
    • Case law examples

    Specific change situations

    • Changes to working hours and work-life balance
    • The right to request flexible working
    • Working time
    • Mobility
    • Reorganisations and redundancies

    Transfers and mergers

    • Harmonising terms after a merger or sale
    • Consensual variation after TUPE transfer
    • Variation under the old contract

    Programme is subject to change pending new developments.


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