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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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Annual Leave and Holiday Pay Family Friendly Rights
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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
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What Should be Included in my Workplace’s Absence and Sickness Policy?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 15/12/2023 With winter’s arrival, the days are now getting shorter, darker and colder, and like every year illnesses are spreading rapidly in these conditions. As such, it is important for workplaces to have effective absence and sickness policies, so as not to worsen the spread of the various respiratory ill...
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Policies and Procedures Annual Leave and Holiday Pay
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What are the Differences for Employers to be Aware of Regarding TUPE Transfers in NI and the Rest of the United Kingdom?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/11/2023 Under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 and the Service Provision Change (Protection of Employment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (generally referred to as “TUPE”), the legal protections for employees being transferred between companies in NI are largely...
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Transfer Regulations (TUPE) Transfer of Undertaking (TUPE)
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How Should an Employer Deal with an Employee’s Formal Grievance Complaint?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/11/2023 If an employee has a concern or problem that they haven’t been able to resolve with their employer informally, they may make a formal grievance complaint to them. Employers should set out a grievance procedure and share it in writing with all employees, for example in their statement of employment ...
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Discipline
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How far Back can an NI Employee Claim for Underpayments of Holiday Pay?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/11/2023 On 4 October 2023, the UK Supreme Court (the “UKSC”) delivered its much-anticipated judgment in the case of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and another (PSNI / respondents) v Agnew and Others (claimants) [2023] UKSC 33, finding that employees can claim for any underpay...
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Pay Annual Leave and Holiday Pay