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HR tip: Closure of canteen

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As so few of our employees now use the canteen for a hot midday meal, we want to close it to save money. Can we do this?


HR tip:

This depends on what the contracts of employment say. If they state that you will provide a hot midday meal, then you will need to negotiate the change with the employees concerned. They may agree to you doing so if you give them a sound reason, for example that it will enable you to spend money in some other more useful area that will improve job security, but you may have to concede some alternative benefit to them. You have more freedom to act if nothing is mentioned in the contract, though custom and practice suggests that you should make some reasonable alternative provision such as a sandwich service or a microwave where they can heat ready-prepared meals. Either way, a successful outcome is most likely to be achieved by talking to your employees honestly and openly.


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