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Policy Considerations: Paid Leave for Bereaved Parents and Victims of Domestic Violence

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 11/05/2022 Introduction Despite the recent political instability at Stormont, two significant pieces of legislation were introduced regarding employee leave entitlements prior to the dissolution of the Assembly ahead of the elections on 5 May. They were: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act (Northern I...
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Policies and Procedures Pay Leave Family Friendly Rights
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Growing Your Workforce Part 3: Right to work checks

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 13/04/2022 In Northern Ireland (and the rest of the United Kingdom (“UK”)) there is a statutory duty placed on employers that they shall not employ individuals who do not have the right to work in the UK. Getting right to work checks wrong can have significant financial, reputational and operational repercuss...
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Policies and Procedures Recruitment and Selection Immigration
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Growing Your Workforce Part 2: Equality Considerations in Recruitment and Selection

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 18/03/2022 The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI), the corporate body responsible for promoting equality of opportunity, says of equal opportunities, “It is important to remember that being an equal opportunities employer is a process, not a one-off event, and it needs continuous commitment and w...
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Recruitment and Selection Diversity & Inclusion
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Growing Your Workforce Part 1: Recruitment and Selection

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 09/02/2022 With the start of the year often a time when recruitment may pick up, we’re starting 2022 looking at best practices for recruitment and selection. Good recruitment practices provide a first impression to candidates and the market about your employer brand and values, so it is important to get right...
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Recruitment and Selection
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Employee Handbook Series 2021- A Year in Review

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 13/12/2021 Refreshing and revisiting employee handbook policies not only helps give clear guidance to your employees and line managers, but may also help mitigate exposure to potential legal claims. If you have already made changes this year to account for new ways of working following the impact of the pande...
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Dress Code Policies - Why Are They Important?

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 04/11/2021 A dress code or uniform policy may not be something every organisation considers necessary to have in place. However, the fact is that the wearing of uniform or operation of a dress code in an organisation can throw up all sorts of issues for employers that can bleed into numerous other policies ...
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Policies and Procedures Remote and Hybrid Working
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The Importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing Workplace Strategies

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 07/10/2021 Supporting mental health and wellbeing is arguably one of the most challenging issues faced by HR and business leaders, and one of the hardest things to get right. We’re undoubtedly seeing a shift in attitudes, driven in part by the spotlight the Covid-19 pandemic has shone on wellbeing and, as we ...
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The Right To Disconnect – What Is It And Do I Need A Policy?

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 09/09/2021 At a time when flexible and hybrid working arrangements are becoming more prevalent, employee working practices and wellbeing have risen up senior management agendas and work-life balance as an issue is gaining more attention than ever. There are many facets to a discussion on what work-life balan...
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A-Typical Working Policies and Procedures Wellbeing
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Leave Entitlements And The Rights To Time Off

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 04/08/2021 Leave entitlements are a common area for employment disputes. Understanding the statutory entitlements for leave (and pay, where applicable) and ensuring that your policies lay out clearly any discretionary leave you decide to offer can help avoid problems and minimise risk of claims arising. Outsi...
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Working Time Pay Leave
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The Importance Of A Menopause Policy In The Workplace

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 07/07/2021 Women now make up more than 50% of the UK labour market with a recent ONS survey showing that 72.2% of females aged 16-64 are employed. Menopause is a natural part of the ageing process for women, caused by hormonal changes in the body, and the common symptoms can vary in their type and severity. ...