What is a breach of contract?

'Breach of contract' means your employer has broken one of the terms of your contract.

In particular, your employer has an implied contractual duty to take all reasonable steps to protect your health and safety and to provide a safe place of work.

You may be able to bring a claim for constructive dismissal in an employment tribunal or a claim for personal injury in the High Court if the employer has fundamentally breached this duty.

Take early advice. Every case is different and will depend on its own facts.

Deadlines in the employment tribunal are very short and rarely extended.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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