First Tuesday Q&A

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Contacting bereaved employees – how do I handle it?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/06/2019 Firstly, an employer is not obligated to grant compassionate leave in the event of a bereavement, except in the limited circumstances outlined in the statutory right to time off for dependents under Article 85A of the Employment Rights (NI) Order 1996. Nevertheless, many employers will provide...
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Sickness and Absence Contracts of Employment Policies and Procedures

Communicating a pay rise to an employee – what do I need to provide?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/06/2019 Under article 33(2) of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (“ER(NI)O”), an employer is required to provide an employee with an initial written statement of their employment particulars not later than two months after employment commences. This statement includes ‘the scale or rate ...
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Contracts of Employment Pay and Conditions of Employment

GDPR implications of providing employee information in a TUPE situation

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/06/2019 In a TUPE transfer, the transferor (former employer) must provide the transferee (new employer) with employee liability information in relation to the transferring employees as set out under Regulation 11 of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) This in...
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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act Transfer of Undertaking (TUPE)

Can an employer disclose a departing employee’s restrictive covenants to their new employer?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/06/2019 It is standard course for an employer to notify a departing employee’s new employer of any post-termination restrictions in place. Often this will simply be by cutting and pasting across the relevant sections from the employee’s contract of employment. An employee’s contract of employment wil...
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Contracts of Employment Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act

What constitutes “one establishment” for collective consultation purposes?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/05/2019 Collective redundancy is a highly contentious issue and we recommend that bespoke legal advice is sought if your business is experiencing a potential redundancy situation. Firstly, an employer who is proposing to dismiss as redundant 20 or more employees at “one establishment” within a period of 9...

Do probationary periods apply to staff members redeployed to a different role within a business?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/05/2019 Probationary periods are frequently used for new employees, but also can be applied for those redeployed or promoted within the same organisation. If this is the case, a probationary period needs to be clearly communicated to the employee. This can be done by including a probationary clause in the ...
This article is listed under the following topics:
Contracts of Employment Probation

What processing condition can an employer rely upon under the GDPR when providing a reference?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/05/2019 As a starting point, it is necessary to consider what specific personal data will be supplied as part of the reference. For example, if information on the employee’s absence levels is included in a reference and that information comprises information regarding the employee’s health, this will const...
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Probation

An employee failed to attend a disciplinary hearing with no reason provided - What should I do?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/05/2019 When dealing with an employee who has failed to attend a disciplinary hearing, employers should adhere to the LRA Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures. As a preliminary point, the employee should have been provided with appropriate advance notice of the hearing, along with copi...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues Policies and Procedures

What happens to employee benefits during long-term sickness?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/04/2019 An employee's contract of employment may contain express provisions entitling them to be paid, and to receive contractual benefits, during any periods of sickness absence. If there are express contractual terms, these terms should comprise: the duration of any entitlement to sick pay; the rate at...
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Sickness and Absence Pay and Conditions of Employment

Does HR have to be involved in Probation Meetings?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/04/2019 The purpose of a probationary period is to provide a suitable amount of time for an employer to assess an employee's suitability for their designated role. The length of a probation period will likely depend on the nature and seniority of the role, but a period of 3 – 6 months is commonplace. It is...
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Probation