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Last reviewed on 11 March 2021
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See advice on changing a staff member's role and responsibilities, including what to do if they don't want to change.

You can change staff roles, but you’ll need to consult them first

Before you change a staff member’s role or responsibilities, you need to:

  • Check their current contract to see if this is allowed
  • Consult with the staff member to make sure they understand the changes, and that they’re okay with them

An employee's contract may be varied if:

  • There is a clause in it that allows the employer to do so
  • The employee agrees to the change; or
  • The employer ends the employee's current contract and then re-engages them under a new contract

Acas explains this in its guidance on changing an employment contract.

You might not always need to change the contract. For example, if a teacher's contract says

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