First Tuesday Q&A

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Please set out key requirements and things that might catch an employer out in relation to maternity leave and maternity rights before and after leave has been taken. 

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/04/2018 Maternity rights - before leave is taken Right to time off for ante-natal care All pregnant employees, regardless of length of service, are entitled to a reasonable time off work for antenatal care. This time off must be paid at the normal remuneration rate. Employers should be aware that ante-nata...
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Discrimination and Equality Pay and Conditions of Employment

Although Gender Pay Gap (“GPG”) reporting will seemingly not be required until Stormont is up and running, are there any steps that businesses can take in the meantime? What are the key differences between GPG reporting in NI and GB?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/02/2018 Gender Pay Gap (“GPG”) reporting is provided for under the Employment Act (NI) 2016, but cannot be enacted until local government recommences. Last month, the Equality Commission called for GPG reporting to be extended to NI as a matter of urgency. Although the NI GPG reporting regulations are stil...
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Discrimination and Equality Contracts of Employment Pay and Conditions of Employment

Can zero hour staff be paid in lieu of untaken holidays? How can we ensure that zero hour staff take their holiday entitlement?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/02/2018 It is not sufficient to pay staff on zero hour contracts in lieu of their holidays. Payment in lieu of accrued but unused holidays can only be made upon termination of employment. The fundamental basis of zero hour contracts is the absence of mutuality of obligation. Therefore, the employer is und...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time and Leave Pay and Conditions of Employment

Am I required to reimburse an employee where the employee has submitted his expense claim outside of the deadline in the expenses policy?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/09/2017 Article 59(2)(b) of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (“1996 Order”), excludes “any payment in respect of expenses incurred by the worker in carrying out his employment” from the definition of wages. As such, the prohibition on an employer making a deduction from an employee’s wag...
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Policies and Procedures Pay and Conditions of Employment

Is an employee legally entitled to paid time off for doctors/dentist appointments?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/06/2017 No, there is no statutory right to time off for medical or dental appointments, except in relation to antenatal appointments. How an employer deals with such requests is at their discretion and governed by the express or implied terms of the contract of employment. The employee is not at work and, ...
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Sickness and Absence Pay and Conditions of Employment

Can I pay an employee her statutory maternity pay in one lump sum? Do I need her consent?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/04/2017 Employers may, on occasion, be faced with the issue of whether to pay an employee her statutory maternity pay (SMP) in a lump sum. This might be where, for instance, the employee is leaving employment or where she is being made redundant but has already qualified for statutory maternity pay. Employ...
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Working Time and Leave Pay and Conditions of Employment

If a part-time employee works on an hourly basis (not fixed hours, but approximately the same number of hours per week) and they request to be paid in lieu of their annual leave, can we lawfully do so?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/04/2017 Under the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016, workers are entitled to four weeks’ annual leave in each leave year and, while leave may be taken in instalments, it may not be replaced by a payment in lieu except where the worker’s employment is terminated. The European Court of Justice...
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Working Time and Leave A-Typical Working Pay and Conditions of Employment

For new employees joining a company, can we wait until their probationary period of 6-months has been completed before auto-enrolling them in the pension scheme?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/03/2017 Employers can postpone auto-enrolment for a period of up to 3 months to delay the enrolment of a new probationary employee. The maximum deferment is 3 months, and so it will not cover the whole of any extended probationary period. A new employee must therefore be auto-enrolled after the deferred pe...
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Pensions Probation Pay and Conditions of Employment

An employee who works with us handed in her resignation two weeks ago and proceeded to work her required notice period and is currently still in employment. This employee has now reneged and has requested to withdraw her resignation. Does the employer have an obligation to fulfil the employee’s request?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/09/2016 The starting position here is that, once notice has been given (whether orally or in writing), it cannot be unilaterally withdrawn. In order for the resignation to be withdrawn, both parties need to consent to the withdrawal. However, employers should exercise particular caution where an employee h...
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Contracts of Employment Pay and Conditions of Employment

What are the implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland’s employers?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/08/2016 What does Brexit mean for the status of our employment laws? The extent to which our employment laws will be affected will be largely dependent upon the economic relationship /trade arrangement to be agreed between the UK and the remaining 27 member states of the EU. It is likely, however, that th...