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Due to cancelled MOTs my company vehicles cannot go on the road and I have no alternative work for my employees, what can I do?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/02/2020 This impact of this problem should now be significantly reduced due to the issuance of exemption certificates for vehicles over four years old. Even if your company vehicles are four years old and therefore fall in to the unfortunate gap, they will be prioritised when re-booking MOTs, so you should...
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Contracts of Employment

My employee says they cannot get to work and cannot drive their car as it is due a MOT and it has been cancelled – do I have to pay them?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/02/2020 There will be no one size fits all answer to this query, and it will likely be determined based on the particular circumstances that the employee is in. In the first instance you should consult any applicable policy for guidance, such as an absence policy, and also check how the company has dealt ...
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Contracts of Employment Pay and Conditions of Employment

Can I dismiss an employee who refuses to drive a vehicle which has not got a valid MOT certificate?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/02/2020 The standard position is that driving a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate is prohibited under article 61 of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1995. However, with the current debacle surrounding cancelled MOT tests in Northern Ireland, the Department for Infrastructure has introduced a...
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Unfair Dismissal Disciplinary and Grievance Issues

If a part-time employee changes their days of work but remains on part-time hours, does this change their holiday entitlement?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/01/2020 An employee who works part-time is still entitled to 5.6 weeks’ annual leave, the same as the entitlement for a full time employee. Unfortunately “week’s leave” is not defined in the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016. Nevertheless, the established position is that a week's leave mean...
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Working Time and Leave

Can employers treat an employee’s unauthorised absence as their resignation?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/01/2020 In normal circumstances, notice is usually required to terminate a contract of employment. Notice should be given in a clear manner and once validly given it is effective and does not need to be accepted by the other party. If an employee has taken unauthorised absence i.e. gone AWOL, it would be ...
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Unfair Dismissal Disciplinary and Grievance Issues

What can an employer do about an employee who covertly recorded a grievance meeting without permission?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/01/2020 Employees do not have a right to record grievance hearings and even if they ask permission an employer may refuse to permit a meeting to be recorded. However, it is within the interests of both parties to have a record of matters discussed during a grievance hearing for future reference. The prefer...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues

Is an employee on an unpaid career break entitled to receive statutory notice pay?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/01/2020 Firstly, it will be necessary to check whether the employee’s contract of employment is continuing or terminating during the career break. If the contract is terminating, the employee loses their right to notice and any notice pay. If the contract of employment is continuing, the employee will cont...
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Contracts of Employment Pay and Conditions of Employment

Should an internal disciplinary procedure be applied to an employee who is on probation?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/11/2019 The probationary period provides a suitable amount of time to an employer to be able to assess an employee before confirming continued employment. Probationary periods generally last between three to six months. An employee’s contract will usually provide that, during the probationary period, emplo...
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Unfair Dismissal Disciplinary and Grievance Issues

Can a letter setting out reasons for dismissal be issued by email?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/11/2019 Under Article 124 of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996, an employee is entitled to request a written statement giving particulars of the reasons for their dismissal if they were in continuous employment for a period of a year or more. An employee is automatically entitled to writt...

Should we be providing employees with a copy of a referral letter to occupational health (“OH”)?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/11/2019 A referral to OH may be suggested by an employer who has concerns about an employee’s health and ability to perform their job as a result of their health. An employee may be referred for assessment where there: (a) is concern that they have work-related health problems; (b) may be underlying ...
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Sickness and Absence