First Tuesday Q&A

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Can we make our employees wear face masks when in the office?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/08/2020 Public Health NI strongly advises individuals to think about wearing a face covering in particular circumstances, such as short periods in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible. It is anticipated that face masks could become compulsory in shops in Northern Ireland from 20 August 2...
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Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19

If an employee has been advised to self-isolate but a test shows they are negative for COVID-19, can they return to work before the self-isolation period is up?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/07/2020 Yes, once an employee has received a negative COVID-19 test they are able to return to work provided that they feel well enough to do so.
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Sickness and Absence Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19

Are employees who are self-quarantining following a foreign holiday entitled to SSP?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/07/2020 The rules on self-quarantine following over-seas travel do not apply universally to the UK and are a devolved matter, which means employers need to tread carefully to ensure that they are following Norther Ireland specific guidance. Therefore, the more relaxed approach taken by England is not curre...
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Sickness and Absence Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19

How can we ensure that employees inform us if they are told to isolate as part of the test and trace system?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/07/2020 This is a concern for many employers, particularly as employees who are advised to self-isolate will likely only be entitled to receive SSP (unless their contract permits them to receive enhanced sick pay). As the current SSP entitlement is £95.85 per week, employees may not want to inform their em...
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Sickness and Absence Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19

Can We Ask an Employee Who Has a Family Member Who Has Been Diagnosed With, or Is Suspected to Have, Covid-19 Not to Come in to Work?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/03/2020 If the employee has been in close contact with the family member, for example, lives with them, it would be a reasonable request for an employer to ask the employee to self-isolate. However, it is likely in such a scenario, the employee would wish to self-isolate anyway. In contrast, if an employer...
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Health and Safety Pay and Conditions of Employment Coronavirus/Covid-19

Do Employers Have to Pay Employees Who are Self-Isolating After Returning From an Affected Area?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/03/2020 Firstly, if employees are self-isolating as a precautionary measure, depending on the nature of their role, they may be able to continue working from home. In such instances, employees would continue to be paid because they are still fulfilling their duties to their employer. If employees who are ...
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Health and Safety Pay and Conditions of Employment Coronavirus/Covid-19

Can Employers Make Employees Stay at Home Who Have Just Returned From an Affected Area?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/03/2020 Employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of their workforce. Therefore, it is understandable that employers are concerned about employees returning to the workplace after they have visited an affected area. If employers knowingly permit employees who have been advised to self-isolate t...
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Health and Safety Pay and Conditions of Employment Coronavirus/Covid-19

What Can We Do About Employees Who Are Afraid to Come to Work Because of Coronavirus?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/03/2020 The Corona Virus/Covid-19 pandemic is beginning to cause increased worry for employers, particularly as the first case has been diagnosed in Northern Ireland. It is envisaged that employers will see a rise in other employees wanting to work from home for fear of coming into contact with the virus, ...
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Health and Safety Pay and Conditions of Employment Coronavirus/Covid-19

Please provide guidance for employers in relation to staffing issues during periods of adverse weather

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/11/2018 Inclement weather can pose problems for employers and employees alike, particularly as it is often unforeseen. Firstly, it is necessary to consider if adverse weather scenarios are dealt with in employment contracts and/or a policy document. This is relevant because some employment contracts may co...

Does an employer have to pay an employee who is suspended?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/10/2018 Suspension usually takes place either: To enable an employer to investigate allegations of misconduct; or For medical or health and safety reasons. Therefore, suspension should be invoked as a protective measure and should not be utilised as a disciplinary sanction nor in a manner likely to resul...