Defendant could not unilaterally alter employment contracts by introducing new policy for attendance management


Re: Sparks & Ors v Department of Transport [2015] EWHC 181 (QB)

The claimants were all employed by the defendant. The defendant introduced a new policy for attendance management within the “Departmental Staff Handbook” unilaterally in July 2012. The main issue before the Court was whether the defendant entitled to vary those terms unilaterally in July 2012. Held: finding in favour of the claimants it was not open to the defendant to unilaterally vary that contract in July 2012.

Mathew Purchase was involved in this case.