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Impact of Brexit on NI Employment Law

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 08/01/2021 What has been the impact of Brexit on employment law in Northern Ireland? Or if none so far, given we're in the early days of exit, what do you envisage the impact will be? Seamus: Well, that's an important point, because while we were all consumed with COVID-19 again over the Christmas period, we ...
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Employees returning from abroad - can employers ask for proof of return date to ensure self-isolation compliance?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 03/12/2020 Q: "If an employee travels abroad for Christmas, can you ask of proof of the date they returned so that you can ensure they have self-isolated for 14 days since return?" Seamus: Yes. That's an important question because there will be a lot of travel that will happen over Christmas. The basic positi...
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Can employers discourage employees from having informal get-togethers when the pubs & restaurants reopen?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 03/12/2020 Q: Can we actively discourage employees from having any informal get-togethers when the pubs, or the restaurants, if you like, reopen after the 11th? Scott: This one is for employees who would have met up at some stage at this time of year and get together. Is there anything that employers can do w...
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Can employers insist that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 03/12/2020 Q: Can employers insist . . . when it is widely available, obviously. We're only just starting next week. But when it's widely available, can they insist that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19? Seamus: Well, this is a good question. You can imagine that there are a number of employers out t...
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Employment Status of Taxi Drivers

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 03/12/2020 Scott: Cases against Uber seem to be going the drivers' way, but is there a weakness in the argument because taxi drivers have traditionally been self-employed?They've always followed that model. Even though there are people back at base directing them where to go and many now are prepaid and custo...
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Working Abroad Remotely – Implications for Employers

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 03/12/2020 What are the implications of letting employees work from home abroad, i.e., they have gone abroad to visit family and wish to stay and work from home because they don't go into the office? There are various tax rules and regulations there where somebody is working outside the UK. Isn't there, Seamu...
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Remote Working and Custom and Practice

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 03/12/2020 Scott: Could employees establish a permanent change in their contract due to the extent of remote working and the change of their usual contract, as for most it has been in place for a number of months? I think that might be stretching a little bit given that the home-working situation at the mome...
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Remote working requests during COVID-19 - permanent or temporary basis?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 03/12/2020 Scott: Would you advise that we agree to any request for remote working to be on a temporary basis rather than permanent, as we don't know what might happen in 2021? So I suppose this goes back to the flexible working request, and unless it's made temporary, it becomes permanent. I think the questi...
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How to influence management board to consider their COVID-19 health and safety responsibilities

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/11/2020 Q: In relation to health and safety, our organisation has not committed to the employer responsibilities. How as an HR manager can I influence the management board to consider the same and the risk to all stakeholders?Scott: So what's your advice here? We've got an HR manager who's looking at thing...
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Taking Disciplinary Action Against An Employee Who Refuses to Attend Work On Public Transport

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/11/2020 Q: Would it be reasonable to discipline an employee who's refusing to attend her usual place of work to undertake her cleaning role as she is refusing to use public transport due to COVID risks? The employee did previously shield, but she also took annual leave last month to visit Turkey, which was...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues Coronavirus/Covid-19