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What Are an Employer’s Obligations to Employees Undergoing IVF Treatment?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/09/2022 Currently, there is no legal right for time off work for fertility treatment, but any sickness should be treated like any other sickness if unable to work. There are pregnancy rights once you have had the last part of the IVF process (embryo transfer) and might become pregnant. At the moment the UK...
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Absence and Sickness Family Friendly Rights

Cosmetic Surgery v Medical Surgery – What Are An Employee’s Rights?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/09/2022 There is no requirement to refer to cosmetic surgery within a company's sickness policy or staff handbook, so it is for the employer to decide whether to include it at its own discretion. However, there are benefits for employers providing clarity on how they will deal with time off for cosmetic su...
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Absence and Sickness Policies and Procedures

Rights For Transgender Or Non-Binary Employees – What Are an Employer’s Obligations?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/09/2022 There are specific anti-discrimination rights for those in the LGBTQ+ community in the Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976. Under this legislation, if an employee is absent as a result of undergoing gender reassignment, an employer cannot treat this absence any less favourably than any...
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Discrimination and Equality Diversity & Inclusion

Who Has Right To Request Occupational Health Meeting - Employee Or Employer?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/09/2022 The requirement to attend an occupational health meeting will depend on what an employee’s contract states and what the employee handbook recommends. Occupational health meetings are an effective method for managing long term sickness absence with an employee. They can also be used to safeguard aga...
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Absence and Sickness

Who Can Make a Flexible Working Request?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/08/2022 Qualifying employees (being those who have worked for 26 weeks continuously) are entitled under Northern Irish Law to make a flexible working request to their employer. This request can be in relation to their working hours, working times, place of work or any other aspect of the terms of condition...
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A-Typical Working

What Is the Difference Between a Worker And An Employee?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/08/2022 Anyone who receives payment for work or services may not necessarily fall under the category of an employee. An individual may alternatively qualify as a ‘worker’ or ‘self-employed’. Your employment status will determine the level of rights that you are entitled to and the taxes you will pay. Under...
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Contracts of Employment

Is There a Maximum Working Temperature For Employees?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/08/2022 Under Northern Irish Law, there are no set maximum or minimum working temperatures for employees. Employers are legally required to keep the temperature inside buildings ‘reasonable’. Further, thermometers should be displayed throughout the workplace to enable employees to determine the temperature...
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Health and Safety

What Effective Will Recent Changes to SSP Rules Have For Employers?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/08/2022 The Social Security (Medical Evidence) and Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 came into force on 1 July 2022. This amendment will broaden the number of healthcare professionals who can certify statements of fitness to work, commonly known as...
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Absence and Sickness

Are Employees Who Take Shared Parental Leave Entitled to Return to the Same Job?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/07/2022 Shared parental leave entitles a child’s mother and a second person (whether that be the child’s father or a partner) to share up to 50 of the 52 weeks of time off work. The overall amount of leave is not extended but rather, it allows leave to be shared equally between those two people. An employe...
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Pay Family Friendly Rights

What are the Implications of a Salary Paid in Cryptoassets?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/07/2022 Cryptoassets, such as bitcoin, are an increasingly popular form of payment. HMRC refers to exchange tokens, utility tokens, security tokens, and stablecoins as types of cryptoassets. Although Cryptoassets are not subject to any special UK tax rules, wages received in the form of cryptoassets consti...
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Pay