On-Demand Training: Essentials of NI Employment Law

On-Demand Training: Essentials of NI Employment Law

We are delighted to be able to bring you our best-selling Essentials of Employment Law course as on-demand training!

This course sets out the important employment rights and obligations in easy to understand sections and explains how the law of contract binds these rights and obligations together.

What are the learning outcomes?
This training is an up-to-date and comprehensive overview (and comes with equally comprehensive notes) of the main employment laws that apply in Northern Ireland, such as family-friendly rights, holiday entitlement, discrimination and dismissal law and employment protection rights. 

What will be covered?

  • The nature of the Contract of Employment (including employment status, agency workers and implied/expressed terms)
  • Key rights during employment (including flexible working and leave entitlements)
  • Equality and discrimination issues (including all of the main rights plus fixed term and part-time working)
  • Disciplinary and grievance issues (including statutory procedures and internal rules)
  • Terminating the Employment Contract (including contractual issues, unfair dismissal rights, redundancy and other termination payments)

Who's it for?
HR professionals or other managers who want to know more about employment law, as well as solicitors relatively new to this field or those who need a refresher. This course is not suitable for those with extensive knowledge of NI employment laws.

What do I all get?
You'll get the recordings of all sessions so you can train on-demand, plus all the accompanying notes and slides.

What are the benefits of on-demand training?

Get up-to-date with employment law legislation in Northern Ireland quickly and at your own pace with on-demand training. Gain a comprehensive overview in a convenient, easy-to-use, easy-to-learn format.

Benefits of on-demand training







£365 +VAT



Content Overview

1. Contracts of Employment (Part 1)

  • Relationship between letters of offer, contract, policies and amendments.
  • Nature of the contract of employment.
  • Main terms and conditions of employment.
  • The contract of employment.
  • Express and implied terms.

Rob Tubman, Associate, A&L Goodbody

2. Contracts of Employment (Part 2)

  • Employment Status - employee, self-employed or worker?
  • Varying a contract of employment

Rob Tubman, Associate, A&L Goodbody

3. Key Rights During Employment

  • Flexible working
  • National Minimum Wage
  • Leave – Annual leave, Maternity and Paternity leave, Parental leave

Rob Tubman, Associate, A&L Goodbody

4. Equality & Discrimination Issues (Part 1)

  • Fixed term and part time working
  •  The main rights, definitions and responsibilities

Paul Upson, Associate Director, Napier Solicitors

5. Equality and Discrimination

  • Disability Discrimination and duty to make reasonable adjustments.
  • Harassment.
  • Victimisation.
  • Time limits for lodging a claim of discrimination.
  • Early Conciliation.

Paul Upson, Associate Director, Napier Solicitors

6. Discipline and Grievance

  • Discipline and grievance procedures – why have them?
  • When do they apply?
  • Drawing up rules and procedures and statute/Code compliance in NI.

Jason Elliott BL

7. Terminating Employment (Part 1)

  • Contractual issues
  • Dismissal – fair and unfair
  • Automatically unfair dismissal
  • Breach of contract and unlawful deductions from wages
  • Continuity of employment and calculating awards

Jason Elliott BL

8. What to Watch Out for in the Next 12 Months

Jason Elliott BL


"A great experience that kept everyone involved. I learnt a lot! Jason Elliot's sessions were great. Plenty of useful information provided!"
Rhea McCallum, HR Advisor, Praxis Care

"Thank you for a very informative 2 days of learning. All your speakers are clearly very knowledgeable in their field and teach very well."
Angela Montgomery, HR Officer, Balcas Timber

"It was kept simple and to the point. Easy to follow and understand. Liked the relaxed feel of the event and this allowed for open discussion at times." 
Marie Curran, Senior HR Manager, Belfast HSC Trust

"Very well run course, with excellent speakers." 
Heather Dale, Personnel Administrator, Michelin Tyre PLC

"A complicated topic, kept simple."
Janice Irvine, HR & Administration Manager, Tata Steel

"I thought it was pitched at the right level, information and cases were relevant and up to date. Excellent refresher course."
Jean Oakes, Principal HR/OD Advisor, Belfast City Council

"Well structured event with clear and detailed notes for future reference."
Sheila Mawhinney, Finance Office Manager, Northern Ireland Assembly

"Good overall coverage of various topics and excellent notes provided."
Jenny Hodgen, HR Officer, The Orchardville Society

“The best thing was the knowledge of the speakers. I will use this in my day to day work in the decision making and processes.”
Kyra McDowell, Senior HR Officer. Firstsource

“Very valuable background information into employment law helps when making decisions on staffs' conduct and discipline cases.”
Maura Pettigrew, Conduct and Discipline Officer, NCIS

"The supporting pack provided is very comprehensive and will allow me to future reference advice going forward."
Clare Ellis, HR Business Partner, Ladbrokes


  • Jason Elliott BL
    Jason Elliott BL BL

    Jason Elliott was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2013 and is the Associate Head of School of Law at Ulster University.  As a practising barrister, he has developed a largely civil practice representing individuals, companies and public bodies in litigation.  This covers a wide range of areas including personal injuries, wills and employment law. In terms of employment law, he has represented both applicants and respondents in the Industrial Tribunal. At Ulster University, Jason lectures extensively on the civil areas of practise such as Equity and Trusts and delivers employment law lectures for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

  • Rob Tubman
    Rob Tubman Associate
    A&L Goodbody

    Rob regularly advises employers, regulated entities and public bodies on all aspects of employment law in Northern Ireland and has particular expertise in the UK retail sector. He advises clients on all aspects of contentious employment work also, and is an experienced advocate in the courts and Tribunals of Northern Ireland. Outside of more traditional employment law matters, Rob routinely advises clients on the full-spectrum of business immigration matters, including sponsor licence applications, right to work audits and complex visa issues.

  • Paul Upson
    Paul Upson Associate Director
    Napier Solicitors

    Paul Upson is an Associate Director with employment and education law specialists, Napier Solicitors.

    Paul studied law at Queen’s University and before joining Napier Solicitors he gained over 15 years post qualification experience as an employment solicitor at a major national law firm. He has worked with clients in a wide variety of employment sectors, including schools, further education colleges and universities.

Event details


Over 5 hours of content


08 June 2022


Online Training


£365 + VAT