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How Do We Regulate Social Media in the Workplace?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 09/04/2024 Social media networks have essentially revolutionised the way many businesses operate, both internally and externally. As a result, the transition from hosting workplace conversations in person to hosting them in an online environment may cause a blurring of the divisions between work and home. For...
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Are Employees Automatically Entitled to Public /Bank Holidays?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 09/04/2024 In accordance with the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016, full-time employees in Northern Ireland are entitled to a minimum of 28 days of paid leave every year which may or may not include public / bank holidays. Any right for an employee to take paid leave on bank or public holidays...
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Can you Summarise the Significance of the Decision in Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland v Agnew [2023]?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 09/04/2024 In October 2023, the UK Supreme Court delivered its eagerly-awaited decision in the case of Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland v Agnew [2023]. The UK Supreme Court unanimously upheld the decision of the NI Court of Appeal (and that of the NI Industrial Tribunal in the first i...
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Working Time Leave
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Are Employers Legally Obligated to Pay Employees for Overtime Hours?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 11/03/2024 It is a common misconception that employees have a right to be paid for overtime work. Legally, in Northern Ireland, employers are not legally obligated to pay employee for overtime hours. Overtime refers to any extra hours worked outside of an employee's contracted hours which can often happen whe...
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Pay
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Should Employers Include Non-Disclosure Clauses in Their Employee’s Employment Contracts?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 11/03/2024 The topic of non-disclosure agreements (NDA) and confidentiality clauses within the context of employment has attracted a surge in media attention in recent years, particularly following the rise of the #metoo campaign relating to the use of NDAs to cover up sexual harassment issues in some workpla...
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Contracts of Employment
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Do Employers Have to Grant Parental Leave?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 11/03/2024 Parental leave allows working parents to take unpaid time off to look after their children or to make other care arrangements for them. Parental leave can help employees strike a balance between their work and family commitments. It is important for employers to note that they are not legally requi...
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How Much Paternity Leave are Parents Entitled to in Northern Ireland?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/02/2024 If an employee’s partner is pregnant, adopting a child or having a baby through a surrogate mother, they may be eligible for paternity leave which is extra leave on top of the employee’s statutory holiday allowance. Paternity leave should be used to support the child’s mother or to care for the bab...
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Family Friendly Rights
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Are Employers Required to Approve Requests for Flexible Working?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/02/2024 The aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic has driven an exponential increase in working from home and hybrid working opportunities. Flexible working can have inclusion and well-being advantages for employees and can be useful to employers when attracting and retaining talent. However, do employers alw...
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Policies and Procedures
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Are Employers Legally Obligated to Enrol their Employees into a Workplace Pension Scheme?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/02/2024 There is speculation that the UK is risking a “retirement timebomb” if more people opt out of their pensions or lower their contributions to help offset the impact of the cost of living crisis in the UK. Almost half of large businesses have reported that some employees are opting out of a workplace...
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Pensions
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Employee Travel Disruption Rights - What Can I do as an Employer?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 15/12/2023 In light of last month’s flooding across Northern Ireland, and the fact that December often brings more extreme weather conditions, it is important to consider what may happen when weather conditions make it difficult for employees to travel to work. Employees: must go to work unless they’re sick ...
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Policies and Procedures