First Tuesday Q&A

The claimant was dismissed by reason of gross misconduct and in particular.

We have a member of staff employed part-time and the role is getting much busier. Do we have to offer this member full-time work or can we employ another part-time employee?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2011 I assume that this query relates to an extension of the employee’s hours rather than the creation of a new role. This being the case, the best way to approach this would be to consult with the employee to establish whether the employee can or wishes to extend his/her hours. The employee should be a...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time and Leave

An individual has been employed on a number of fixed term employment contracts (consecutively, without any break in service) over a four year period in an organisation which has made a voluntary redundancy option available to its employees. Is this employee entitled to apply and to be considered?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2011 If a fixed term employee has their contract renewed or if they are engaged on a new fixed-term contract when they already have a period of four or more years of continuous employment, the renewal or new contract takes effect as a permanent contract (unless employment on a fixed term contract was ob...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Contracts of Employment

What are the employers options when, following a disagreement, an employee provides a written resignation, however changes their mind soon after and asks for their job back?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/10/2011 Once an employee has validly presented their resignation and the employer has accepted it, the employee does not have the right to unilaterally withdraw his or her resignation. However, employers should tread carefully when immediately accepting the resignation where it was either ambiguous, given ...
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Unfair Dismissal Contracts of Employment Policies and Procedures

An employee told me that she does not wish to return to work following her maternity leave. What should I do in those circumstances?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/10/2011 Employees who decide not to return to work at all after maternity leave are obliged to give their employer notice in the normal way. The relevant period of notice will be either the statutory minimum, or the contractual period of notice, if longer. Where the contract fails to specify a notice perio...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time and Leave

What are the key enabling clauses in a Zero Hours Contract?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/10/2011 A Zero Hours Contract is a contract under which there is no guarantee that the employer will offer any work, nor that the individual will accept any work that is offered. The key enabling clause that must be included in any Zero Hours Contract is one setting out the contract’s status as a zero hour...
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Contracts of Employment

Can a part-time employee paid NMW be required to undertake a necessary qualification and be required to pay for it, even though his wages would then fall below the NMW?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/08/2011 Firstly, any such deductions from pay must either be agreed in advance with the employee or must be set out in his/her contract of employment. In respect of NMW, certain sums must be deducted from total gross pay in order to reach NMW pay. These sums should be included when calculating a worker’s h...
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Contracts of Employment Pay and Conditions of Employment

As we have to pay redundancy for employees whose term exceeds 2 years, are we able to avoid this cost – can we issue contracts for just under 2 years? If contracts are issued purely to avoid the redundancy legislation, would they automatically become unlawful?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/08/2011 Employees with a least two years' continuous employment are entitled to a statutory redundancy payment if they are dismissed by reason of redundancy. The amount of statutory redundancy pay to which an employee is entitled depends on his or her age, length of service and weekly pay (up to a maximum ...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Contracts of Employment

My question is how should an employer calculate a buy-out of existing terms & conditions of employment: Is it usually calculated on difference of annual salary between existing T&Cs and new T&Cs x number of years' service or is this calculation at the discretion of the company?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/08/2011 Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all formula in such circumstances as much depends on the terms being changed, the reason for the proposed change(s) (for example if the proposals are to avoid redundancies, the changes may be seen by staff as the lesser of two evils), the bargaining position...
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Contracts of Employment Collective and Trade Union Issues

Are employers obliged to issue contracts, employee handbooks or company policies to non-Nationals in languages understandable to them?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/07/2011 There is no legislation specifically setting out an employer’s statutory duty to issue contracts, handbooks and policies to an employee in their native language. However, not doing so may put you at risk of potential discrimination claims. An employer should find out when recruiting an employee wha...
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Contracts of Employment Policies and Procedures Recruitment and Selection

Is it unlawful to not pay at least the National Minimum Wage to interns? I cannot see them in the list of excluded categories but they are taken on to learn (OK, by doing work experience) and get their foot in the door of their chosen career rather than to do anything absolutely essential. But am I in breach of the NMW regulations if I do not pay anything but expenses?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/06/2011 Generally speaking an intern is not entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW), however, the intern may attract the NMW if he/she is be classified as a worker. This is a fine line that employer’s should be cautious of. In the GB Tribunal case of Vetta v London Dreams Motion Pictures Ltd, it transp...
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Contracts of Employment Pay and Conditions of Employment