First Tuesday Q&A

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In the situation where there is more than one employee on maternity leave and at risk of redundancy, and only one alternative vacancy, how should I decide who to give it to?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/07/2024 In the unfortunate event that a redundancy scenario arises, making it impracticable for an employer to continue to employ an employee who is on maternity leave under their existing contract, employers must follow the legislative requirements and offer the employee any other suitable vacant role tha...
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Redundancy Policies and Procedures Family Friendly Rights

Can I contact an employee who is on maternity leave?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/07/2024 When an employee is out on maternity leave, it is in both the employer and the employee’s best interests to keep in touch in order to maintain a positive relationship and prepare for the employee’s forthcoming return to work. However, it is important that the employer does not use this contact to p...
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Working Time Policies and Procedures Family Friendly Rights

Do Employers Have to Grant Parental Leave?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 11/03/2024 Parental leave allows working parents to take unpaid time off to look after their children or to make other care arrangements for them. Parental leave can help employees strike a balance between their work and family commitments. It is important for employers to note that they are not legally requi...
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Annual Leave and Holiday Pay Family Friendly Rights

How Much Paternity Leave are Parents Entitled to in Northern Ireland?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/02/2024 If an employee’s partner is pregnant, adopting a child or having a baby through a surrogate mother, they may be eligible for paternity leave which is extra leave on top of the employee’s statutory holiday allowance. Paternity leave should be used to support the child’s mother or to care for the bab...
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Family Friendly Rights

Can an Employer Waive the Eight Weeks’ Notice Requirement to Return to Work Early from Maternity Leave?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/08/2023 An employee who is seeking to return to work before the end of her additional maternity leave (AML) must give the employer at least eight weeks’ notice of her intention to return early. However, it is for the employer to decide whether it wishes to enforce the eight-week notice requirement if the e...
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Policies and Procedures Family Friendly Rights

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...

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 Annual Leave and Holiday Pay Family Friendly Rights Wellbeing

Are employees Entitled to take time off for IVF appointments?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 10/03/2023 There is currently no specific statutory right to time off for IVF treatment, but employees can still ask you for time off. If this cannot be accommodated in the circumstances, you might wish to offer the employee the option of taking annual leave instead to attend such appointments. The Equality C...
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Policies and Procedures Annual Leave and Holiday Pay Family Friendly Rights

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

Are Employees Who Take Shared Parental Leave Entitled to Return to the Same Job?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/07/2022 Shared parental leave entitles a child’s mother and a second person (whether that be the child’s father or a partner) to share up to 50 of the 52 weeks of time off work. The overall amount of leave is not extended but rather, it allows leave to be shared equally between those two people. An employe...
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Pay Family Friendly Rights