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The latest work-related advice regarding coronavirus/COVID-19. Obviously, advice changes quickly and we advise all readers to read the latest articles or listen back to the latest webinars for the most up to date information. Please take appropriate legal and other advice before taking action.

The latest work-related advice regarding coronavirus/COVID-19. Obviously, advice changes quickly and we advise all readers to read the latest articles or listen back to the latest webinars for the most up to date information. Please take appropriate legal and other advice before taking action.

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Coronavirus Employment Update 10/7/2020

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 10/07/2020 Furlough Payments and NoticeThis helpful update from Jones Cassidy Brett provides some clarity as to whether payments claimed by employers under the Job Retention Scheme can be used towards notice payments. https://www.jcbsolicitors.co.uk/latest-news/furlough-and-notice/ NI Jobs Outlook 'Heading B...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19
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NI Employment Law: What we learned last quarter (Q2 2020)

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 08/07/2020 Every three months we update you with some of the key developments in employment law and practice affecting the Northern Ireland workplace in that quarter. You’ll find many more learning points on our Northern Ireland Employment Law Hub but, if you don’t have time to research every item, here are 1...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Presidential Guidance - The Industrial Tribunals and The Fair Employment Tribunal

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 08/07/2020 The President of the Industrial Tribunals and Fair Employment Tribunal has issued updated guidance on the Tribunals' work in relation to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Click here to open this guidance [PDF]
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Furlough Payments and Notice – An Update

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 08/07/2020 Jones Cassidy Brett 6 July 2020 On 25 June 2020, the Government issued a revised version of the Treasury Direction on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). It is complex and mainly relates to the various calculations you need to undertake to flexibly furlough employees. The Government has...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Coronavirus/Covid-19
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ICO Guidance On Data Protection Compliance During COVID-19 Recovery Period

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 07/07/2020 Prompted by the easing of lockdown and the re-opening of businesses, the ICO has helpfully outlined 6 key steps that organisations need to consider when using personal data. The Guidance is very much in keeping with data protection principles under GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 but it is a...
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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act Coronavirus/Covid-19
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If an employee has been advised to self-isolate but a test shows they are negative for COVID-19, can they return to work before the self-isolation period is up?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/07/2020 Yes, once an employee has received a negative COVID-19 test they are able to return to work provided that they feel well enough to do so.
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Sickness and Absence Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19
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If an employee has been advised to self-isolate (e.g. through the test and trace system) are we entitled to ask for evidence to verify this?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/07/2020 Northern Ireland has its own test and trace system in place via the Public Health Agency (“PHA”). The PHA contact tracing system identifies individuals who have been in close contact (for example, being less than 2 metres apart for more than 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive for COVI...
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Sickness and Absence Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Are employees who are self-quarantining following a foreign holiday entitled to SSP?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/07/2020 The rules on self-quarantine following over-seas travel do not apply universally to the UK and are a devolved matter, which means employers need to tread carefully to ensure that they are following Norther Ireland specific guidance. Therefore, the more relaxed approach taken by England is not curre...
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Sickness and Absence Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19
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How can we ensure that employees inform us if they are told to isolate as part of the test and trace system?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/07/2020 This is a concern for many employers, particularly as employees who are advised to self-isolate will likely only be entitled to receive SSP (unless their contract permits them to receive enhanced sick pay). As the current SSP entitlement is £95.85 per week, employees may not want to inform their em...
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Sickness and Absence Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Furlough Fraud; Returning to Work; Holiday Pay in Relation to Furlough

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 03/07/2020 Some businesses are asking furloughed workers to work, despite this being in direct contravention of the job retention scheme’s rules, research has found – with one expert calling this a “blatant abuse of the system”. A poll of 2,000 furloughed employees across the UK found 34 per cent had been ask...
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Webinar Recordings NI Coronavirus/Covid-19