So the company I have worked for for the last nine months have issued us with a new contract for employment. When I started my employment with them I signed a contract with them, but in it there is no mention of them reserving the right to make amendments to the contract at any time - there is in this one.
Am I right in saying that for any changes in my contract of employment, that both parties need to be in agreement to them before they can come into effect, and what is the situation if I refuse to accept the changes they are trying to make, bearing in mind that I accept that I am bound by my current agreement?
They have also given us a Restrictive Covenant Agreement, which has the usual non disclosure agreements guff in it, along with the non solicitation of clients ect... However, they've also added in that I may not be employed either directly or indirectly by a client of theirs for a period of 12 months after cessation of employment with them. This is something I don't agree with.
As this agreement was never given to us at the start of our employment, are we within our rights to refuse to accept it, or certain elements of it on the grounds that we do not agree with these changes in our terms of employment since there was no clause reserving the right to make such amendments in the initial, currently valid contract?
Any help would be appreciated.