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Mitigating Factors of Gross Misconduct Issue

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 15/01/2015 I am in the middle of a disciplinary process with an employee for a gross misconduct issue and he has asked me to look at mitigating factors. The investigation has already found that there has been a breach of policy, which falls within our definition of gross misconduct. Surely this means dismissa...
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Trade Union Recognition

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 09/12/2014 Whilst we have a number of union members amongst our employees, we do not have any formal agreement with the Trade Union. I have now received a request for recognition from the Union and would like to know how to respond to this?Patricia Rooney of Tughans writes:The course of action available to yo...
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Unfair Dismissal Collective and Trade Union Issues
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Alcohol Misuse by Employees over the Festive Period

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 11/11/2014 We have a number of work-related social events coming up over the festive period, but I have concerns about employees who may over-indulge at these events and either return to work or come in the next day still under the influence of alcohol. How do I handle it?Rachel Richardson, Tughans writes:The...
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Football Shirts in the Workplace

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 14/10/2014 One of our employees is wearing a Rangers football top in the workplace. We are concerned that this may be upsetting other employees, what should we be doing about this? Rachel Richardson, Tughans Solicitors, Belfast writes: The legislation in Northern Ireland governing this issue is the Fair Emplo...
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Transfer of Employment

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 09/09/2014 We have recently insourced building maintenance work after unsuccessfully outsourcing this work some 18 months ago. We have an individual (the former Building Maintenance Manager) claiming that they ought to have transferred employment to us upon insourcing. When we outsourced business maintenance,...
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Health and Safety
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Garden Leave and Restrictive Covenants

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 12/08/2014 One of our senior employees has tendered his resignation. He has given the 3 month notice period required under his contract. I think he is going to work for one of our competitors after he leaves. Are there any steps I can take to protect the Company should this happen? Patricia Rooney, Tughans So...
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Employee off with Depression

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 16/07/2014 We have an employee with a poor record of attendance. In accordance with our Absence Policy the employee was advised at a Return to Work meeting that his attendance was being monitored, and after a series of unrelated absences he was issued with a Verbal Warning. He was also advised that a further ...
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Employee Handbook NI and ROI

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 17/06/2014 We are an employer based in Northern Ireland but we have recently opened an operation in the Republic of Ireland. We have issued contracts of employment to staff based in ROI and I now need to update our Employee Handbook. The Directors of the Company would like one handbook to apply to both Operat...
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Working Time and Leave
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Retirement Procedures

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 13/05/2014 Our Company has continued to use the retirement procedures because we consider that we require a normal retirement age. However, one of our employees has recently challenged a notice of retirement that we have issued. How do I handle it? Sharon McArdle, Tughans Solicitors, Belfast writes: The statu...
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Flexible Working Arrangements

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 15/04/2014 I have had a query from a member of staff about the possibility of flexible working arrangements starting in July. What should I do? Patricia Rooney, Tughans Solicitors, Belfast writes: The current statutory right to request flexible working under The Flexible Working Regulations 2003 and 2007 appl...