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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

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

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

What notice should employees give in order to take parental bereavement leave?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/03/2022 The rules regarding notification will be set out in the forthcoming regulations. However, by way of indication, we expect that that new rules will largely correspond with those applicable in Great Britain. In order to take parental bereavement leave in Great Britain, employees must give the employe...
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Absence and Sickness Policies and Procedures Pay Leave Family Friendly Rights

Parental Bereavement Leave - What protections rights does an employee have?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/03/2022 Parents taking parental bereavement leave will be entitled to the same employment protections as those associated with other forms of family related leave i.e. maternity, paternity, adoption, parental and shared parental leave. This will include protection from detriment and dismissal as a result o...
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Absence and Sickness Leave Family Friendly Rights

What is the rate of paid parental bereavement leave and how will it be calculated?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/03/2022 Employees on parental bereavement leave may also be entitled to statutory parental bereavement pay if they can satisfy certain statutory eligibility criteria. In summary, the employee must: Be in employed by you for a continuous period of at least 26 weeks; Remain in that employment at least until...
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Absence and Sickness Pay Leave Family Friendly Rights

Who is entitled to parental bereavement leave under the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/03/2022 On 7 February 2022, the Northern Ireland Assembly passed the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill. It is anticipated that the new legislation will come into effect in April 2022, once the Bill has received Royal Assent and when further details have been set out in the accompanying regulations....
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Absence and Sickness Pay Leave Family Friendly Rights

What rights do employers have to claim a refund of Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees under the current legislation?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/02/2022 Under the Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2022, small and medium size employers can reclaim some or all of their Statutory Sick Pay costs from HMRC. Under the legislation, the ‘eligible employer’ is the one who on the 30th November...
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Absence and Sickness Leave

Is a non-executive director eligible for statutory sick pay?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/10/2021 There are certain criteria that must be satisfied in order to be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP). However, when it comes to non-executive directors, the requirement for the individual to be an 'employee' is likely to be the most immediately relevant. A person appointed as a director of a comp...
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Absence and Sickness Pay