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Is an employee that rejects an offer of suitable alternative employment entitled to notice pay in a redundancy scenario?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/06/2020 If an employee unreasonably refuses suitable alternative employment in a redundancy scenario, they are treated as dismissed. This means that an employee could lose their right to a statutory redundancy payment (provided that they were otherwise eligible e.g. two years continuous service). However, ...

In what circumstances can employees claim statutory guarantee payments?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/05/2020 Statutory guarantee payments are covered under Part V (Article 60 – Article 67) of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996. They are statutory payments which aim to provide a degree of financial assistance to employees who are subject to temporary lay-off or short time working (provided...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Pay and Conditions of Employment Coronavirus/Covid-19

Can prescribed information under the ERO 1996 be given via email in a collective redundancy situation?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/10/2019 Where an employer is proposing to dismiss as redundant 20 or more employees within any period of 90 days or less, it has statutory obligations to: (a) inform appropriate representatives; (b) consult appropriate representatives; and (c) notify the Department for the Economy. Art 216(6) of th...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Collective and Trade Union Issues

What constitutes “one establishment” for collective consultation purposes?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/05/2019 Collective redundancy is a highly contentious issue and we recommend that bespoke legal advice is sought if your business is experiencing a potential redundancy situation. Firstly, an employer who is proposing to dismiss as redundant 20 or more employees at “one establishment” within a period of 9...

In a redundancy situation, are workers with less than one year’s service counted for the purposes of triggering statutory collective consultation obligations? 

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/12/2018 Under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (‘TULRCA’), where an employer is proposing to make 20 or more employees redundant at one establishment within a 90 day period, it must: Inform; Consult; and Notify the Department for the Economy. In the redundancy context, an emp...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Collective and Trade Union Issues

If an employee on maternity leave is made redundant, does her former employer have a continuing obligation to pay her statutory maternity pay?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/11/2018 First and foremost, employers must exercise caution when making an employee who is pregnant or on maternity leave redundant, and ensure that fair and proper procedure is followed. Statutory maternity pay (‘SMP’) is available to a woman who is or has been an employee under section 160 of the Social ...

During a redundancy consultation process is an employer entitled to interview external candidates for a vacant position in addition to interviewing employees at risk of redundancy? 

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/08/2018 It would not normally be appropriate to consider external candidates for a vacancy during a redundancy exercise. There is nothing wrong with implementing a competitive interview process to choose between candidates (i.e. to match vacant roles with the potentially redundant employees) but to conside...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Policies and Procedures

Due to an unexpected and unfortunate downturn in business, I am forced to make some staff redundant. One of the employee’s most suitable for redundancy is currently on maternity leave. Is there anything I need to consider before I make the final redundancy decision?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/09/2017 It is important that any final decision is not reached until a formal, thorough redundancy procedure has been followed. In a situation such as the one you have described you should consider that the employee may have a claim for unfair dismissal either on the grounds of unfair selection for redunda...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Discrimination and Equality

If an employer makes an employee redundant but then offers the same employee another job, is the employee still entitled to a redundancy payment?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/12/2016 The Labour Relation’s Agency’s (the “LRA”) advice on handling redundancy states that if an employee has been offered continued employment as an alternative to redundancy, the employee is not entitled to receive a redundancy payment. Simply, this is because the employee's employment is continuous a...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation

In setting down a retirement age in a contract of employment, should you include the objective grounds for the retirement age in order to try to manage expectations or are you just tying your hands for the future? What would you advise?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/01/2016 Retirement clauses should only be used where the employer can objectively justify compulsory retirement of employees, and in fact are not even necessary in those situations, since termination on notice may be preferable to automatic termination.Although clauses such as this were fairly common in th...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Discrimination and Equality Contracts of Employment