First Tuesday Q&A

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What can we do if an employee is caught taking drugs at the party?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/12/2010 As a general rule you are entitled to take a much tougher approach to drug abuse as opposed to alcohol abuse. The use of drugs at a work-related social event will justify disciplinary action, in appropriate cases including dismissal. As mentioned above, remember to follow a fair procedure and compl...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues Policies and Procedures

Can you request a medical certificate for less than 7 days absence if felt appropriate/required?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/07/2010 If you pay company sick pay, you are free to choose what evidence of incapacity you require. This means that you could, in theory, require a medical certificate for all absences as a pre-requisite of paying company sick pay, although this is rare. Generally speaking, however, self certification suf...
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Sickness and Absence Policies and Procedures

Fixed term employees: is our website sufficient when notifying employees of upcoming job vacancies?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/06/2010 Fixed-term employees have a specific right to be informed of any permanent vacancies. Regulation 3(7) of the 2002 Fixed-term Employees Regulations states that an employee will be taken to have been ‘informed by his employer’ only if the vacancy is contained in an advertisement which the employee ha...
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Policies and Procedures Recruitment and Selection

Do parties in tribunal disputes have to turn up to case management discussions or can representatives go in their place?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/01/2010 We would like to issue an update to our answer to this question last month. The Office of the Industrial Tribunal and Fair Employment Tribunal does require parties (namely claimants, respondents and their representatives) to attend case management discussions in person. The Tribunal requires partie...
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Unfair Dismissal Policies and Procedures