Do my employer's handbook and staff rules form part of my conditions of employment?

This depends on what the written statement of employment particulars says. You must be given this statement within two months of starting work. The written statement should say clearly whether or not the handbook and staff rules are contractually binding and form part of the contract of employment.

Even if this is not clearly written, the rules may still form part of your employment contract.

Sometimes, the wording says clearly that some of the rules in the handbook are supposed to be contractually binding while others are not.

A rule that is part of your conditions of employment is a contract term and cannot be changed by either side without agreement. Where a trade union is recognised in the workplace, the change will normally be through collective bargaining.

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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