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Redundancy Matters

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 11/09/2020 "We've had to make redundancies, and we've offered to put most employees on a list of workers whose services could be called upon if required when things hopefully pick up. First of all, is that lawful, that you can give priority to people that you've just made redundant when vacancies do arise? An...
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Remote/Home Working

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 11/09/2020 "If we agree to let employees continue working from home for some or part of the week going forward, are we obliged to pay for more appropriate office furniture, for example, desks, chairs, etc.?" Seamus: Yeah, we've touched on this before in our prior webinars. But I think, I mean given the length...
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Flexible Working Applications

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 11/09/2020 Scott: "How do we deal with multiple flexible working requests which are received within the same two-week period? Can we prioritise those employees with disabilities and childcare issues, or perhaps people who are terrified of coming into work?" Seamus: Yeah, so I think what we expected to see in ...
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A-Typical Working
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Payment for Self-Isolation on Return from Abroad

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 11/09/2020 Scott: "If an employer requires an employee to travel to work to a different country and on their return the employee has to quarantine for 14 days, is the employer required to pay the employee for this isolation period, as it is a result of work-related travel required by the employer? Or is the e...
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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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Dismissal Discipline and Grievance
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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
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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