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Harpur Trust v Brazel Case – Implications for Employers

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2022 In light of the judgment in Harpur Trust v Brazel, how do you calculate holiday pay for workers on permanent contracts with no regular working hours (i.e. zero-hours)? The UK Supreme Court in Harpur Trust v Brazel [2022] UKSC 21 removed the widely accepted method of calculating holiday pay in a una...
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Contracts of Employment Leave

Salary Increase Instead of Pension Contributions – Can an Employer do This?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2022 Can an employer increase salary instead of making pension contributions - where the employee requests that they do so? The risk that is run in this situation is whether a salary increase as a result of withdrawal from a pension scheme would be considered inducement under section 54 of the Pensions ...
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Contracts of Employment Pensions Pay

What Issues Should an Employer Consider if an Employee Takes a Second Job?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2022 During the cost of living crisis, it is likely employees may ask to take on a second job to manage their finances. There are issues when it comes to having multiple jobs surrounding wellbeing and health and safety concerns for employees. Wellbeing - Financial worries will impact on employees mental...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time Policies and Procedures

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

If an employee sends work-related documents to their solicitor, would this breach their confidentiality obligations?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/05/2022 If an employee sends work-related documents to their solicitor, would this breach their workplace confidentiality obligations? This will heavily depend on what the employee’s confidentiality obligations are and what is stipulated in their contract. It may also depend on the content of the work-rela...
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Contracts of Employment Policies and Procedures

What does the term “fire and rehire” mean?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/04/2022 The term “fire and rehire” is usually used to describe the practice where an employee’s contract of employment is terminated before that same employee is immediately re-employed by the same employer on new terms and conditions of employment. There has been calls for introducing new legislative prot...
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Contracts of Employment Policies and Procedures

What effect will the Employment (Zero Hours Workers and Banded Weekly Working Hours) Bill have on zero hour contracted workers?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/02/2022 The Employment (Zero Hours Workers and Banded Weekly Working Hours) Bill was introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly on the 15 November and is currently scheduled for the Second Stage. The Bill seeks to replace zero hours contracts with banded hours, giving workers entitlement to minimum and ma...
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Contracts of Employment

Where an agency worker and a direct recruit are paid the same but the agency worker works longer hours, is there a breach of the Agency Workers Regulations (NI) 2011?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/12/2021 The purpose of the Agency Workers Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 is to ensure equal treatment of agency workers and permanent workers. The Court of Appeal, in Kocur v Angard Staffing Ltd and another [2019], determined that the Agency Workers Regulation 2010 (the English equivalent to the Agenc...
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Contracts of Employment Pay

Where an individual is recruited under the government-funded JobStart Scheme, do they acquire the status of an employee and would the statutory rights and obligations of employees apply?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/12/2021 Employers can apply under the JobStart Scheme for funding to cover the following employment costs: 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months (or 9 months for a young person who meets additio...
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Contracts of Employment Recruitment and Selection Pay

Can an employer fine an employee for misconduct?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/12/2021 There are a number of potential hurdles that could face an employer trying to enforce a contractual clause that allows them to fine employees and deduct those fines from wages. The first is that the clause may be considered a penalty clause. The general rule against penalty clauses means that such ...
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Contracts of Employment Pay