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Can an employment contract change after an employee has started working?

Variations to existing employment contracts require new consideration to be enforceable. The promise of continued employment, without any additional benefit to the employee, is not enough.

Examples of valid consideration in the context of a continuing employment relationship would be a promotion, additional remuneration or a signing bonus. To qualify as consideration to support a change in the employment contract, any such promotion, raise or bonus (or other benefit) must be distinct from any annual raises or bonus that would have received in any event even if they had not entered into the contract.

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