First Tuesday Q&A

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In a Direct Discrimination Claim, What is a Comparator and When is it Required?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/06/2023 If an employee claims that their employer discriminated directly against them, it must be proven that the treatment was less favourable than the treatment which would be afforded to others due to the employee’s protected characteristic. In order for the tribunal to approach this, a comparator must ...
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Discrimination and Equality

Can an Employer Refuse to pay Statutory Sick Pay if the Employee has not Complied with the Notification Requirements?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/06/2023 If an employee is unwell and unable to work, provided that they meet certain qualifying conditions, they are entitled to receive Statutory Sick Pay (‘SSP’). If these qualifying conditions are not met, or if an employer has good reason to believe that an employee is abusing the sickness procedure, t...
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Absence and Sickness Pay

Whilst on Maternity Leave, are there any Consequences for an Employee taking more than 10 Keeping in Touch (KIT) Days?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/05/2023 All pregnant employees are legally entitled to take up to 52 weeks’ statutory maternity leave, made up of 26 weeks’ Ordinary Maternity Leave and 26 week’s Additional Maternity Leave, provided it is a single continuous period of leave. Employers can appreciate that this is a significant period of ti...
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Contracts of Employment Policies and Procedures Leave Family Friendly Rights

What is the Difference Between Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/05/2023 In the aftermath of the MeToo movement, catalysed by allegations within the Hollywood film industry, there remains ongoing dialogue in regard to sexual harassment and violence. Accompanying this surge in awareness and discussion, it has become more commonplace for claims of sexual harassment to be ...
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Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures

Can an Employee Lodge a Claim for Discrimination that has Occurred Outside their Physical Employment Base/Office and Normal Working Hours?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/05/2023 It is important that employers are aware that behaviour and actions at organised ‘social activities’ involving employees can fall within the scope of ‘in the course of employment’ as established in the case of Chief Constable of the Lincolnshire Police v Stubbs and others [1999]. Where, for example...
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Discrimination and Equality

What is the Law in Relation to the Recruitment of Individuals with a Criminal Record?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 10/03/2023 Whilst businesses and companies can be cautious and, at times, reluctant to recruit individuals with a criminal record, this can be a key factor in any ex-offender’s rehabilitation and employers should treat fairly job applicants who have criminal convictions. The Rehabilitation of Offenders (North...
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Recruitment and Selection

Does Swearing in the Workplace Constitute Misconduct?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 10/03/2023 In the recent GB case Ms H Dadhania v SAP(UK) Ltd and Others 3307319/2020, it was deemed by the judge, Andrew Gumbiti-Zimuto, that swearing is ‘fairly commonplace’ and has lost the ‘shock value’ that it once carried in an arguably more conservative society. Generally, if a business wishes to make f...
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Discipline and Grievance Policies and Procedures

Is Addiction Classed as a Disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 10/03/2023 A disability is defined by Section 1(1) Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to be a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on an individual’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Whilst various conditions do fall within the definition of a d...
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Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures

What are an Employee’s Rights when they Suffer the Death of a Child?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 10/03/2023 An employee is entitled to take time off work if they have a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy or if their child dies before turning 18. Under the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022, an employee is entitled to two weeks’ parental bereavement leave regardless of th...
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Absence and Sickness Leave Family Friendly Rights Wellbeing

Do Employees have a Right to Request Remote Working?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 10/03/2023 Yes, employees have a right to request remote working from their employer under Article 112F of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996. However, they must satisfy certain criteria to be eligible to do so: the individual must be an employee – agency workers and office holder do not hav...
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Remote and Hybrid Working