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I work as a contractor in the banking sector. The agency I

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I work as a contractor in the banking sector. The agency I use are trying to alter my contract. My current contract is 7 working hours per day but they are trying to make it 8 and change my leaving notice period from 5 days to 20 days for me and only 5 from them. I am pretty happy with my current arrangement. Can they enforce this change? I assume I would need to sign a new contract to agree to these changes?

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What reason have they provided for wanting to make this change and how long have you worked there for?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
I have worked here for 2 years and have renewed contracts several times. I think the agency are reviewing feedback from the bank and insisting we all switch to this. Some people have 8 in the contract mine says 7.

OK, thank you for your response and for the phone call request. I am not available to talk at this present time but leave it with me for now and I will review the relevant information and laws and get back to you at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to wait here as you will receive an email when I have responded. Also, please do not respond to this message as it will just push your question to the back of the queue and you may experience unnecessary delays. Thank you.

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Its a business to business relationship. My limited company contracts to the agency.

Thanks for your patience. If the agency wanted to amend your existing contract, they can do so in one of two ways:

1. They can obtain your consent to the changes
2. They can terminate the existing contract and then issue you with a new one, incorporating the changes.

Assuming you will not consent to the changes, we are looking at the second option as the most likely one. To do this legally, the agency must give you any required notice to terminate the contract. So if the contract allows for early termination by requiring them to give you, say, a week’s notice, they can do that and continue applying the current terms for that period, before issuing you with a new contract. If there is no clause allowing for early termination, then technically they cannot end it early and doing so will mean they have acted in breach of contract.

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