Contract and benefits reviews

As the impact of the Covid-19 virus becomes clearer, we are all working hard to put measures in place that will help us ride out the storm. Outside of the packages that the government has put in place – in the form of furlough, grants and loans – we wanted to share with you some other suggestions that you may not have had time to consider, as yet.

When your people are probably your biggest expense, it’s time to review employment contracts and benefits packages to see if some of these costs could be temporarily cut.

Practical resources

What you can and can’t do as an employer: Download our guide to cutting costs through employee contract and benefits-package reviews

Everything you need to know about furlough. Download our comprehensive guide to the government’s Job Retention Scheme here

Your questions answered

We’ll be updating this page regularly as new questions come in. If you have a specific query you want answered, use the contact form here

If you have a clause similar to the lines in italics, below, then it should provide you with the opportunity to assign different duties on a temporary basis to some of your employees if the duties for their job roles have diminished:

‘Your key duties are set out in your job description. However, we may, from time to time, require you to work in such other capacity or carry out other duties for the Company without additional pay on either a temporary or permanent basis as the Company may reasonably require.’

If you are in any doubt, then you should seek advice.

Talk to us

If you’d prefer to speak with someone about a specific issue directly, then please call.

For operational HR Advice, call

Victoria Beadle: 07988 276402


For strategic leadership support, call

Philippa Richards: 07732 068624