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Investigating Allegations of Serious Misconduct – to Suspend or Not to Suspend

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 12/01/2023 Suspension in the context of an investigation into serious misconduct is a well-trodden path for many HR professionals. Most employer disciplinary procedures will include suspension provisions that permit the employer to place an employee on suspension pending the investigation of allegations into ...
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Discipline and Grievance
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A Year in Review, 2022

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 14/12/2022 As we end 2022 it’s time to reflect on what we have learnt from the past year and consider how we can start the New Year with the best intentions for 2023. Following the pandemic, last year saw the shift from working entirely remotely to return to the office environment, with some companies request...
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Right To Work Checks – Is Your Team Up to Speed with the Latest Requirements?

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 02/11/2022 October saw yet more change in the world of prevention of illegal working. Social distancing and remote working became the new norm during the COVID-19 pandemic – in response the Home Office introduced concessions to accommodate right to work checks in such circumstances. These permitted employers ...
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Immigration
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Managing Long Term Sickness Absence

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 06/10/2022 Long-term sickness absence can have a significant impact on business operations and output. Managing long-term sickness can be complex and difficult for managers and HR teams, and there is a balance to be struck between supporting an employee through what may be a long-term recovery from illness, a...
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Absence and Sickness
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Slavery And Human Trafficking – A Re-Cap On Business Requirements

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 07/09/2022 In 2015, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘the Act’) consolidated criminal offences relating to human trafficking, forced labour and slavery. Slavery is widely defined to include servitude, forced labour and human trafficking; the Act came into force. Section 54 of the Act requires large business t...
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Human Rights Policies and Procedures
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Protecting Confidential Information and Business Interests: Express Confidentiality Clauses and Best Practice Tips

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 14/07/2022 This month we continue to look at the subject of protecting confidential information, and business interests, through the operation of the employment contract, as well as summarising some of the other non- contractual day to day practises employers can operate to keep commercially sensitive and con...
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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act Policies and Procedures
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Protecting Confidential Information and Business Interests: The Role Of Restrictive Covenants

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 08/06/2022 During the employment relationship, many employees, and particularly those occupying management and executive team positions, will have access to business critical information. This could include arrangements with customers and suppliers, financial information such as sales and profit figures, proj...
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Contracts of Employment
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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