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Controlling Annual Leave Between Christmas and New Year

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 11/12/2012 I’ve been overwhelmed with requests from staff for time off between Christmas and the New Year. I hate saying no, but if I grant all the requests I will be left short staffed. How do I handle it?Amanda Magee writes: During the festive period it is not unusual for employers to face an increased dema...

Poppies in the Workplace

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 16/10/2012 Can an employee claim discrimination over a workplace poppy ban? We have some employees who want to wear poppies at work and others who are opposed. How do I handle it? We allow employees in our Scottish plant to wear poppies but thought that this might not be appropriate in Northern Ireland. Shar...

Reducing Salaries

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 21/08/2012 Our Company’s profits have decreased in the present economic situation. Rather than redundancies, we are thinking of reducing salaries. Can we do this?Patricia Rooney writes:The starting point in dealing with a query such as this is to examine the employee’s contract of employment and the employer’...

Requiring All Staff to Speak English

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 24/07/2012 We would like to introduce a policy requiring all staff to speak English during work, but are worried that we could be accused of discrimination. How do I handle it? Amanda Magee of Tughans writes: When introducing a policy requiring employees to speak only English in the workplace, there is always...

Holiday Carry Over

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 19/06/2012 We have an employee who has been on long term sick leave since June 2010. We have followed a capability procedure and now propose to terminate employment. The employee has not taken or requested to take any holidays or to carry over any holiday during his absence. I therefore understand that we do ...

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 15/05/2012 How do I handle when alleged criminal offences arise in the workplace?Niall McSorley writes:All employers are aware of the requirements when disciplining employees, since they obtained statutory recognition in the Employment (NI) Order (Dispute Resolution) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004. The r...

Refusing to Work on Sundays

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 13/03/2012 I run a restaurant and one of the waiters who normally works at weekends has gone off work on sick leave. As I am reluctant to hire a new employee, the rest of the staff have been advised that they will have to cover his shifts while he is off. Although most of the staff do not have a problem with ...

Poor Performances and Stress

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 21/02/2012 We have an employee who is not performing and has been spoken to informally about performance on a number of occasions. We were at the point of commencing a formal performance improvement plan, however the employee has now submitted a fit note citing that he is suffering from work related stress. T...

Harassment at Office Christmas Party

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 24/01/2012 A female employee has complained that a drunken male colleague made sexual advances towards her at the Office Christmas Party. How do I handle it?Amanda Magee writes:It is important for both employers and their staff to remember that the normal rules of the workplace apply to office parties, even w...

Parental Leave

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 20/12/2011 I have a male employee who has asked for a period of additional paternity leave beginning in March 2012, but our current Parental Leave Policy only makes provision for 2 weeks statutory paternity leave. How do I handle it?Amanda Magee writes: Since the implementation of the Additional Paternity Lea...