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Probationary Periods - Making the Most of Them [Video]

Posted in: Back to Basics on 25/05/2016 When is an employee not an employee? Recruitment of new staff is both expensive and time intensive, don't get it wrong! This video helps you ensure the probationary period is understood and used meaningfully. Transcript: We're going to talk now about probationary periods, and in particular how ...
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Contracts of Employment Pay and Conditions of Employment
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Social Media & Handheld Devices - The Basics [Video]

Posted in: Back to Basics on 25/05/2016 We all know that social media is a huge and complex area of the law. It's almost entirely unregulated, and therefore it's no surprise that employers are struggling with its impact in the workforce. What I want to do in this short session then is merely attempt to do some of the basics to social med...
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Policies and Procedures
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Recruiting Fairly [Video]

Posted in: Back to Basics on 25/05/2016 Every employer in Northern Ireland needs recruits. But equally with that brings some real difficulties. And the tribunals and the courts in Northern Ireland have been mired for many, many years in relation to issues and mistakes made in recruitment. Transcript: So what we want to look at now ...
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Recruitment and Selection
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Maternity Rights and Pay [Video]

Posted in: Back to Basics on 24/05/2016 In Northern Ireland there are comparatively generous maternity rights for pregnant workers. The two main rights that I want to look at today are maternity leave and maternity pay. Following the birth of a child, a mother has the absolute right to 52 weeks of leave. There's a compulsory 2 week perio...
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Pay and Conditions of Employment
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Key Differences Between Employment Law in GB and NI [Video]

Posted in: Back to Basics on 24/05/2016 Employment law is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland. Changes introduced in employment law or practice in Great Britain will not necessarily also be introduced by the Northern Ireland Assembly. There has been a growing divergence in employment laws in practice between Great Britain and Northern ...
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Handling Grievances [Video]

Posted in: Back to Basics on 24/05/2016 In 2011, the statutory grievance procedure was repealed in Northern Ireland by our local government. The reason that this was done was twofold. Firstly to streamline the process and to make it more akin to Great Britain, and secondly to avoid unnecessary debate on whether procedure was followed by ...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues
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Dismissing an Employee with Less than One Year's Service [Video]

Posted in: Back to Basics on 18/05/2016 There's a common misconception amongst employers when dismissing an employee who does not have the qualifying one year of service required, in order to bring an ordinary unfair dismissal claim. They feel that they are safe from all industrial tribunal proceedings, and this will often lead an employ...
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Unfair Dismissal Discrimination and Equality Contracts of Employment
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The TUPE Regulations [Video]

Posted in: Back to Basics on 18/05/2016 The TUPE regulations operate so as to preserve the employment of an organised grouping of employees whose employer's business is transferred to a new owner. The regulations apply in a way, which means that the employment of the employees is automatically transferred to a new owner. Where there is a...
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Transfer of Undertaking (TUPE)
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Fundamentals of Redundancy [Video]

Posted in: Back to Basics on 13/05/2016 Redundancies have become an unfortunate but very commonplace reality for many employers across Northern Ireland. Dealing with redundancies can be a very daunting thing, and employers can be faced with claims of unfair dismissal if they get it wrong. It is also extremely important to good employee r...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation
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General Principles of Unfair Dismissal [Video]

Posted in: Back to Basics on 13/05/2016 There's considerable statutory protection for employees in Northern Ireland when it comes to the termination of their employment, and unfair dismal claims would perhaps be one of the most common claims that we, as practitioners, would see progressing through the tribunals in Northern Ireland. An em...
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Unfair Dismissal