First Tuesday Q&A

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Can an employer recoup maternity pay if an employee does not return for 6 month’s work after the maternity leave ends?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/10/2014 The answer depends on whether the employee is paid contractual maternity pay over and above the statutory minimum entitlement. You cannot recoup any statutory maternity pay if the employee has not returned. If you offer a contractual rate of maternity pay over the statutory minimum rate, then, in p...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time and Leave Policies and Procedures

What is the date of termination of an employment if an employee is (a) put on garden leave and (b) paid in lieu of their notice period?

Is an employee entitled to receive all benefits he/she would have been entitled to if they continued working if that employee is paid in lieu of notice or is it acceptable to limit the pay in lieu of notice to basic pay only i.e. excluding bonus, commission or pension contributions or benefits in kind?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/08/2014 When an employer decides it wishes an employee to leave it often wants them to stop working immediately. In this case it has two options: the employer can either summarily terminate the employment and make a payment in lieu of notice (PILON), or it can place the employee on garden leave. The right ...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time and Leave

Does dismissal for absences due to post-natal depression arising after maternity leave amount to sex and/or pregnancy and maternity discrimination?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/08/2014 Under Article 5A of the Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, pregnancy discrimination occurs where an employer treats an employee unfavourably because of her pregnancy or because of an illness she has suffered as a result of her pregnancy during the “protected period” i.e. from the beg...

Is the statutory minimum 28 days' annual leave inclusive of public/bank holidays?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/07/2014 Under the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 all employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks annual leave (equivalent to 28 days for those who work five days a week) in each leave year. The 28 days' annual leave includes any entitlement in Northern Ireland to up to 10 bank/public holidays. Ma...
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Working Time and Leave

What is the requirement around calculating sick pay for part time employees?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/03/2014 The Part Time Workers Regulations came into force on 1 July 2000. They are designed to ensure that part-time workers are not treated less favourably than comparable full-time workers. In terms of key points to note about these regulations: They apply to men as well as women. There is no qualifying...
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Sickness and Absence Working Time and Leave

When an employee resigns, what does an employer have to pay in respect of holiday pay and benefits? How are these payments affected in circumstances where the employee does not work their notice period?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/02/2014 When an employee resigns what they are entitled to receive will largely depend on what is contained in their contract of employment, and further, to what extent both parties have been willing to adhere to the agreed terms. With holiday payments, in the event of any termination the employee will be ...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time and Leave Pay and Conditions of Employment

What are the legal requirements for lunch breaks? Is an employee allowed to work a shortened lunch break, i.e. 30 mins rather than 1 hour, in order to leave 30 minutes early?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/02/2014 Under the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 (“WTR”) adult workers are entitled to a rest break of 20 minutes if the working day is more than six hours. Furthermore, the WTR stipulate that adult workers are entitled to 11 hours’ uninterrupted rest per day and 24 hours’ uninterrupted r...
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Working Time and Leave

When an employee resigns, does an employer have to pay holiday pay/termination payments based on salary plus extras such as car allowance and mortgage allowance?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/12/2013 This depends on the wording in the employee’s contract of employment. Generally it is the case that when an employee resigns the employee will be paid his/her normal salary and contractual benefits up to the date of termination of employment. If the employee has accrued any untaken holiday leave at...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time and Leave

A female employee works for one employer and her husband works for another. In the event the female employee falls pregnant can the mother and the father transfer parental leave between them?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/11/2013 In Northern Ireland each parent is entitled to take up to 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave for each child under the age of 5 (or each child under the age of 18 where the child is registered as disabled). These provisions apply in addition to the parents’ rights to receive maternity and/or paternity ...
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Working Time and Leave