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How Do We Make A Claim Under The JSS?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/10/2020 The JSS will be open from 1 November 2020 to the end of April 2021. Claims can be made online via gov.uk and the system will open in December 2020. Grants under the JSS will be paid on a monthly basis and in arrears. This means that a claim can only be submitted: in respect of a given pay period; ...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19

If We Have Recently Employed New Staff on Zero Hour’s Contracts, Do We Have to Put Them on the JSS?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/10/2020 There is nothing to prevent an employer placing zero hours’ staff on the JSS specifically by virtue of them being on zero hours contracts, provided that they satisfy the eligibility requirements set out above. If the staff are very new, they may not qualify for the JSS on the basis that they do not...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19

Do We Have to Obtain Employee Agreement to Place Them on The JSS?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/10/2020 Yes. The Job Support Factsheet states that employers must agree the new short-time working arrangements with their employees, including any contractual changes and notify employees in writing. On request, the employer must provide HMRC with a copy of its agreement with the employee regarding reduc...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19

Do Employees Have To Have Been Furloughed Previously To Be Put On The Job Support Scheme?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/10/2020 No, employees do not need to have been furloughed previously in order to be put on the JSS. In fact, employers can avail of the JSS even if they did not use the CJRS at all. However, the JSS is intended to primarily assist small to medium sized businesses (“SMEs”) and large employers need to demons...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19

If we reduce an employee’s hours, what happens to their accrued holiday?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/08/2020 Under regulation 15 and regulation 16 of the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 (“WTR”), a worker is entitled to a period of 5.6 weeks’ paid leave in each leave year (pro-rated for part-time workers). This entitlement equates to 28 days for those who work 5 days a week and is comprise...
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Working Time and Leave

If an employee has failed to attend a disciplinary hearing, can we proceed in their absence?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/08/2020 When dealing with misconduct by a member of staff, it is important that a fair procedure is followed, otherwise any resulting dismissal may be considered unfair (providing the individual satisfies the eligibility criteria for bringing an unfair dismissal claim). In accordance with the LRA Code of P...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues

Is there a minimum period for which employees must be furloughed under the “flexible furlough scheme”?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/08/2020 Prior to 1 July 2020, employees had to be furloughed for a minimum period of three consecutive weeks. However, from 1 July 2020, the flexible furlough scheme commenced which enables employers to pick and choose when employees are on furlough and when they are working. Therefore, there is currently...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19

Can we make our employees wear face masks when in the office?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/08/2020 Public Health NI strongly advises individuals to think about wearing a face covering in particular circumstances, such as short periods in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible. It is anticipated that face masks could become compulsory in shops in Northern Ireland from 20 August 2...
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Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19

If an employee has been advised to self-isolate but a test shows they are negative for COVID-19, can they return to work before the self-isolation period is up?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/07/2020 Yes, once an employee has received a negative COVID-19 test they are able to return to work provided that they feel well enough to do so.
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Sickness and Absence Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19

If an employee has been advised to self-isolate (e.g. through the test and trace system) are we entitled to ask for evidence to verify this?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/07/2020 Northern Ireland has its own test and trace system in place via the Public Health Agency (“PHA”). The PHA contact tracing system identifies individuals who have been in close contact (for example, being less than 2 metres apart for more than 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive for COVI...
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Sickness and Absence Coronavirus/Covid-19