Ask Shaye: Changing a contract
I would like to reduce my contracted hours. What are my rights to do so?
A contract is a legally binding document that can only be made or amended by way of mutual agreement by both parties (employer and employee). You can generally only do this by reaching an agreement with your employer. Your employer is not obliged to agree, so you may need to consider how you put forward this proposal, to negotiate the best possible outcome. If you have any difficulties, you can always contact the Association for further advice. If you are seeking a reduction of hours for a reason other than preference (e.g. due to carer’s responsibilities or a health condition), please contact the Association for more specific advice, as you may have rights to a reasonable adjustment under anti-discrimination legislation.