First Tuesday Q&A

The claimant was dismissed by reason of gross misconduct and in particular.

Since the cold weather hit, our staff have been complaining about the temperature in our offices, and also on the shop floor. What are our legal obligations?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/01/2011 Under health and safety legislation, you have to ensure the health, safety and welfare of your employees at work as far as is reasonably practicable. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993 deal with working environments, with regulation 7 stipulating that "Du...
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Health and Safety

I have received a number of complaints that a member of staff has been coming to work with a bad dose of flu and passing it around the office. Should I have a policy in place for this scenario, and can I force this employee to go home and stay at home until fully recovered?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/01/2011 You are very unlikely to be acting unlawfully if you ask the member of staff to go home and stay at home until fully recovered, provided that you pay them for all of the time they are at home. Salaried employees are entitled to be paid their salary if they make themselves available for work, irresp...
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Absence and Sickness Health and Safety Working Time

If employees are not taking rest breaks and lunch breaks what can an employer do? Do they insist the employee take lunch and rest breaks as employees often skip lunch to finish early?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/08/2010 Employers must ensure that workers can take their breaks but are not required to force workers to take them; workers can elect to work through a break, provided they do not risk their own or others' health or safety. However, from a health and safety perspective it is prudent to ensure that employe...
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Health and Safety Working Time