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Shift pattern changes: your rights and options, and how to negotiate what works best for you

What to do if your employer proposes changes that affect your health, lifestyle or caring role

What to do if your employer proposes changes that adversely affect your health, lifestyle or caring role outside of work

Is my manager allowed to change my shift pattern?

First, check your contract of employment and local policy. These may allow your employer to change your shift pattern, if they follow the correct process, according to RCN guidance .

While your contract is a legally binding document, it may only specify the number of hours you are required to work each week, and may include a line about the need for you to ‘work flexibly to meet the needs of the department’ or similar.

‘Your contract may also state that, provided you are given a fixed amount of

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