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Are Employees Automatically Entitled to Public /Bank Holidays?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 09/04/2024 In accordance with the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016, full-time employees in Northern Ireland are entitled to a minimum of 28 days of paid leave every year which may or may not include public / bank holidays. Any right for an employee to take paid leave on bank or public holidays...
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Can you Summarise the Significance of the Decision in Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland v Agnew [2023]?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 09/04/2024 In October 2023, the UK Supreme Court delivered its eagerly-awaited decision in the case of Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland v Agnew [2023]. The UK Supreme Court unanimously upheld the decision of the NI Court of Appeal (and that of the NI Industrial Tribunal in the first i...
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Working Time Leave

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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Leave Family Friendly Rights

What Should be Included in my Workplace’s Absence and Sickness Policy?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 15/12/2023 With winter’s arrival, the days are now getting shorter, darker and colder, and like every year illnesses are spreading rapidly in these conditions. As such, it is important for workplaces to have effective absence and sickness policies, so as not to worsen the spread of the various respiratory ill...
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Policies and Procedures Leave

How far Back can an NI Employee Claim for Underpayments of Holiday Pay?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/11/2023 On 4 October 2023, the UK Supreme Court (the “UKSC”) delivered its much-anticipated judgment in the case of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and another (PSNI / respondents) v Agnew and Others (claimants) [2023] UKSC 33, finding that employees can claim for any underpay...
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Pay Leave

Are Employees Automatically Entitled to Bank and Public Holidays?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/09/2023 In Northern Ireland, there are ten bank and public holidays and employees are not automatically entitled bank and public holidays. There is no statutory right for employees to have these days off. In fact, employers may choose to allow employees to take paid leave on bank and public holidays. Emplo...
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Leave

How much Leave are Employees Entitled to Annually?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/07/2023 With the summer holidays beginning, employers can expect the next few months to be filled with annual leave requests from their employees. It is therefore important for employers to refresh their understanding regarding the annual leave entitlements afforded to their employees. The Working Time Reg...
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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...
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Contracts of Employment Policies and Procedures Leave Family Friendly Rights

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 Leave Family Friendly Rights Wellbeing

If a woman takes shared parental leave (SPL), is she entitled to return to the same job when she returns to work between discontinuous blocks of leave?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 10/03/2023 Whilst shared parental leave (SPL) must be taken in complete weeks, it can be taken as one continuous period or in discontinuous periods. When returning to work after a period of SPL (or any combination of SPL, Statutory Maternity Leave or Statutory Adoption Leave) of 26 weeks or less, the employee...
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