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Policies play a significant role in defining a business approach to a variety of issues. A policy aids in decision-making and assists employees, contractors, and others with whom you work in adhering to guidelines and understanding codes of practice. 

As a business owner, you may be interested in changing your company policy and wondering how it will affect your employees. In this article, we’ll discuss company policies and whether or not an employer can change company policies without notice. 

What is a company policy? 

Many company policies are mandated by law. Companies must adhere to equal opportunity, health and safety, equality and diversity, as well as discipline/dismissal and grievance procedures. 

A company, on the other hand, can create its own policies to outline its approach. Examples include a code of conduct policy. This policy specifies how employees of the company should conduct themselves on a daily basis. This policy may have an impact on daily operations, core values, and company culture.

Can an employer change company policy without notice? 

When a company develops a policy, it should include a statement in the policy stating that they reserve the right to change the policy at any time and without notice. Any policy, such as an employee handbook, HR policy, and so on. 

If you require legal advice and assistance in developing a policy or a statement outlining changes to a policy, contact LawBite today. LawBite has the high-quality legal expertise your company requires to ensure that your company policies comply with the latest regulations.

However, if a company changes a policy without giving notice, it may cause complications and a breach of policy.

Do I need to notify employees of changes in company policy? 

If an employer changes its policies, notifying employees of the changes is best practice. If an employee is not aware of a new company policy, they may disregard it. This could result in a policy violation and an unfair dismissal. Employees may become dissatisfied with their employer's lack of communication if policy changes are not communicated to them. 

Some companies may require employees to acknowledge policy changes in writing after they have been changed in order to demonstrate understanding of the policy changes. This can help to avoid breaches and employee dissatisfaction.  

Get legal assistance from LawBite 

LawBite's mission is to democratise how SMEs obtain expert legal advice, making it easier to access, clearer to understand and much more affordable. Employment law can be difficult to navigate. At LawBite, we’lll connect you with our top lawyers to assist you in resolving any issues you may have with company policies and whether an employer can change company policies without giving notice. 

LawBite has helped 1000s of businesses achieve their commercial ambitions and regulatory compliance. To find out how we can help support you on all employment law matters, book a free 15 minute consultation or call us on 020 3808 8314

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