First Tuesday Q&A

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What Documents/Information Must an Employer Share With Their Employee During a Disciplinary Investigation?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 09/05/2024 Whilst specific information requirements may be outlined in the employment contract or internal policies, adherence to the statutory minimum statutory disciplinary procedures is mandatory for all employers in Northern Ireland. After completing the initial investigation and gathering evidence to aid...
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Discipline and Grievance Policies and Procedures

How Do We Regulate Social Media in the Workplace?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 09/04/2024 Social media networks have essentially revolutionised the way many businesses operate, both internally and externally. As a result, the transition from hosting workplace conversations in person to hosting them in an online environment may cause a blurring of the divisions between work and home. For...
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Discipline and Grievance Policies and Procedures

Are Employers Required to Approve Requests for Flexible Working?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/02/2024 The aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic has driven an exponential increase in working from home and hybrid working opportunities. Flexible working can have inclusion and well-being advantages for employees and can be useful to employers when attracting and retaining talent. However, do employers alw...
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Policies and Procedures

Employee Travel Disruption Rights - What Can I do as an Employer?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 15/12/2023 In light of last month’s flooding across Northern Ireland, and the fact that December often brings more extreme weather conditions, it is important to consider what may happen when weather conditions make it difficult for employees to travel to work. Employees: must go to work unless they’re sick ...
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Policies and Procedures

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

What is the Legal Position on Maximum Office Temperatures?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/08/2023 With record-breaking heatwaves across Europe, in the event the rising temperatures reach closer to home in the last weeks of summer, it is important for employers to be mindful of what the law states in relation to the office temperatures. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (Nor...
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Policies and Procedures Wellbeing

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

What Control can an Employer Exercise over an Employee’s Social Media Accounts?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/06/2023 More and more businesses have been utilising social media as a tool for building brand awareness and client interaction whether it be on LinkedIn, Instagram or TikTok. However, whilst an asset, social media can present employers with challenges particularly in relation to their employee’s use of it...
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Discipline and Grievance Policies and Procedures

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 is the Difference Between Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/05/2023 In the aftermath of the MeToo movement, catalysed by allegations within the Hollywood film industry, there remains ongoing dialogue in regard to sexual harassment and violence. Accompanying this surge in awareness and discussion, it has become more commonplace for claims of sexual harassment to be ...
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Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures