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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Employment Implications

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/03/2020 If an employee comes back from an area that's identified as risky by the WHO, must the employee self-isolate? Seamus Well, this is a one of the sort of most relevant questions I think that we have. The World Health Organisation, if you look on their website, they have identified areas and regions ...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Investigative Meetings – Should These be Conducted on An Individual Or Group Basis?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 07/02/2020 Rolanda: We have a situation where two colleagues have raised a grievance against a manager, alleging bullying behaviour. There is a feeling that it's not that serious that it might lead to dismissal, but they find it strange that the investigating officer interviewed both complainants at the same ...
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Unfair Dismissal Disciplinary and Grievance Issues
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Lay-Off from Work – Do We Need To Pay Employees During Lay Off?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 07/02/2020 "We have an employee who has returned from China. We believe that the advice is that they should not attend work. Do we have to continue paying them?" Seamus: This is all in and around this coronavirus that now has taken over the news, and I think that's probably the first point. One of the big thi...
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Contracts of Employment
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Dealing with Excess – TOIL – How Do We Handle This?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 07/02/2020 "I have recently joined a start-up company as HR. During that time, 5 employees have built up to between 12 and 15 weeks' time in lieu. I have, as I see it, exceptional circumstances as they were in the start-up, but I need them to get rid of this time in lieu before the fiscal year 2020 starts. Wh...
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Working Time and Leave
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Electronic Signatures – Are They Legally Acceptable?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 07/02/2020 Is it legally permissible to sign employment contracts with electronic signatures without the need for follow-up wet signatures or a hard copy document with an actual pen signature? Seamus: The short answer to that is that I don't see any difficulties with documents being signed and then scanned in...
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Precautionary Suspension – How Long Is Reasonable?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 07/02/2020 Scott: Assuming I'm correct in that this person who wrote in had been suspended for ages pending an investigation that seems to have gone nowhere, I've seen that in the public sector a lot. They start growing arms and legs, all these investigations. They're interviewing the whole department, and it...
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Policies and Procedures
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Garden Leave – Use and Duration

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 07/02/2020 "When and for how long should garden leave be used? When might it become a breach of contract?" Scott: Let's look at garden leave, the concept of it. What is it? For how long might it be used and in what kind of circumstance? Seamus: The basics of garden leave are that it is what it says on the tin...
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Working Time and Leave
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Time Off For Dependants – Potential For Unpaid Time off In A Bereavement

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 07/02/2020 Rolanda: Time off for dependants, would you be entitled to a reasonable amount of unpaid time off to deal with the death of a dependant? Seamus: That's right. Rolanda: But I suppose that time off for dependants leave has always seemed to be quite short. But again, what is reasonable? Seamus: From m...
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Working Time and Leave
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Is Parental Bereavement Leave Coming into Northern Ireland?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 07/02/2020 Seamus: The regulations in England are known as Parental Bereavement Leave Regulations 2020. It's also known as Jack's Law. Jack was a poor boy that drowned, and his mother has been advocating for this bereavement leave for parents. It goes into effect in England on the 6th of April of this year. I...
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Working Time and Leave
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Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 10/01/2020 This question is really about someone returning from maternity leave to a job-sharing role and effectively being told that their job-sharing role is no longer available because, and for whatever reason, it hasn't worked out, that they have to come back full-time or to an alternative role part-time....
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Discrimination and Equality Pay and Conditions of Employment