Can you require an employee to move?
As employer you may have any number of reasons for asking one of your employees to work from a different location. Whether this is a short term move to deal with a lack of resources, an official secondment or a permanent arrangement, it's important that you take proper steps to protect yourself against potential breach of contract or constructive dismissal claims.
It's common to see express mobility clauses written into contracts of employment which purport to grant the employer the power to require the employee to change place of work within a set radius or a city or a particular county or region, within the United Kingdom or even to one or more international locations. Even where there is no express clause, most contracts of employment will be deemed to include an implied mobility clause, though the ambit of such implied terms is less clear, and will depend on what the court or tribunal sees as reasonable having regard to the employee’s seniority, role, past history, the reason for the requirement to move, any compensation proposed, etc. But the existence of such a term is by no means the end of the story.