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Are employees entitled to take time off for IVF appointments?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/12/2022 There is currently no specific statutory right to time off for IVF treatment, but employees can still ask you for time off. If this cannot be accommodated in the circumstances, you might wish to offer the employee the option of taking annual leave instead to attend such appointments. The Equality C...
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Family Friendly Rights
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What are an employer’s obligations surrounding reasonable adjustments for a disabled employee?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/12/2022 Further information would be required in order to advise on the particular obligations that would be relevant in your context. However, in general terms, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 imposes a duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments to help disabled employees (together with job a...
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Policies and Procedures Diversity & Inclusion
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If a woman takes shared parental leave (SPL), is she entitled to return to the same job when she returns to work between discontinuous blocks of leave?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/12/2022 Whilst shared parental leave (SPL) must be taken in complete weeks, it can be taken as one continuous period or in discontinuous periods. When returning to work after a period of SPL (or any combination of SPL, Statutory Maternity Leave or Statutory Adoption Leave) of 26 weeks or less, the employee...
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Family Friendly Rights
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Harpur Trust v Brazel Case – Implications for Employers

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2022 In light of the judgment in Harpur Trust v Brazel, how do you calculate holiday pay for workers on permanent contracts with no regular working hours (i.e. zero-hours)? The UK Supreme Court in Harpur Trust v Brazel [2022] UKSC 21 removed the widely accepted method of calculating holiday pay in a una...
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Contracts of Employment Leave
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Salary Increase Instead of Pension Contributions – Can an Employer do This?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2022 Can an employer increase salary instead of making pension contributions - where the employee requests that they do so? The risk that is run in this situation is whether a salary increase as a result of withdrawal from a pension scheme would be considered inducement under section 54 of the Pensions ...
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Contracts of Employment Pensions Pay
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What Issues Should an Employer Consider if an Employee Takes a Second Job?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2022 During the cost of living crisis, it is likely employees may ask to take on a second job to manage their finances. There are issues when it comes to having multiple jobs surrounding wellbeing and health and safety concerns for employees. Wellbeing - Financial worries will impact on employees mental...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time Policies and Procedures
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Cost of Living Crisis – Employment Issues Arising?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2022 What employment law issues should be on an employer's radar with the looming cost of living crisis? With the cost of living crisis looming and impacting employees there are a number of different employment law issues that employers should be focusing on. Communication and engagement and make sure s...
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Pay Wellbeing
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What Is The Difference Between Direct Discrimination And Indirect Discrimination?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/10/2022 Direct discrimination is described as treating someone ‘less favourably’ than other people on the grounds of a protected characteristic. Indirect discrimination is where workplace rules or arrangements apply equally to everyone, but inadvertently puts someone with a protected characteristic at a d...
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Discrimination and Equality
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What are the Different Types of Discrimination in Northern Ireland?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/10/2022 There are a number of different types of discrimination. Direct discrimination is where an employee is treated less favourably by their employer on the basis of a protected characteristic. Examples of protected characteristics are age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief or ...
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Discrimination and Equality
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How Do I Comply With Fair Employment Monitoring While Using CV’s?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/10/2022 I know that the Equality Commission would recommend application forms but many organisations just use CV’s for recruitment now so it’s about perhaps giving a steer as to how to capture the monitoring data. For example, many companies who have an online application portal will collect the data at t...
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Recruitment and Selection