First Tuesday Q&A

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Are Employers Legally Obligated to Pay Employees for Overtime Hours?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 11/03/2024 It is a common misconception that employees have a right to be paid for overtime work. Legally, in Northern Ireland, employers are not legally obligated to pay employee for overtime hours. Overtime refers to any extra hours worked outside of an employee's contracted hours which can often happen whe...
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Pay

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

Can an Employer Refuse to pay Statutory Sick Pay if the Employee has not Complied with the Notification Requirements?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/06/2023 If an employee is unwell and unable to work, provided that they meet certain qualifying conditions, they are entitled to receive Statutory Sick Pay (‘SSP’). If these qualifying conditions are not met, or if an employer has good reason to believe that an employee is abusing the sickness procedure, t...
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Absence and Sickness Pay

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

Cost of Living Crisis – Employment Issues Arising?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2022 What employment law issues should be on an employer's radar with the looming cost of living crisis? With the cost of living crisis looming and impacting employees there are a number of different employment law issues that employers should be focusing on. Communication and engagement and make sure s...
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Pay Wellbeing

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

What are the Implications of a Salary Paid in Cryptoassets?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/07/2022 Cryptoassets, such as bitcoin, are an increasingly popular form of payment. HMRC refers to exchange tokens, utility tokens, security tokens, and stablecoins as types of cryptoassets. Although Cryptoassets are not subject to any special UK tax rules, wages received in the form of cryptoassets consti...
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Pay

National minimum wage increased on 1 April 2022, what can happen if employees' wages are not increased?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/05/2022 All workers are entitled to the UK national minimum wage and an itemised pay statement. This requirement is typically satisfied through employers providing payslips. The payslip should include the gross and net pay being received by the employee. Employers also have a duty to keep a record of these...
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Pay

What notice should employees give in order to take parental bereavement leave?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/03/2022 The rules regarding notification will be set out in the forthcoming regulations. However, by way of indication, we expect that that new rules will largely correspond with those applicable in Great Britain. In order to take parental bereavement leave in Great Britain, employees must give the employe...
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Absence and Sickness Policies and Procedures Pay Leave Family Friendly Rights

What is the rate of paid parental bereavement leave and how will it be calculated?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/03/2022 Employees on parental bereavement leave may also be entitled to statutory parental bereavement pay if they can satisfy certain statutory eligibility criteria. In summary, the employee must: Be in employed by you for a continuous period of at least 26 weeks; Remain in that employment at least until...
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Absence and Sickness Pay Leave Family Friendly Rights