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Workplace Pension Reforms

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 20/09/2011 The impending changes to workplace pensions, which start in just over 12 months time for major employers, are possibly the biggest pensions reforms in our lifetime and will feature greatly in many company's consciousness over the next few years or so, and beyond.For many employers in the private se...
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Contracts of Employment Pensions
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Disability and Reasonable Adjustments through Technological Advancements

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 30/08/2011 IntroductionThe Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) imposes a duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments to premises or working practices to take account of the needs of a disabled employee or job applicant. Where "a provision, criterion or practice applied by or on behalf of an employer...
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The Cross-Border Mediation Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 12/05/2011 The Cross-Border Mediation Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 came into operation on 18th April 2011. http://bit.ly/luT4Pi They make amendments to various pieces of legislation, including the following employment legislation:* Equal Pay Act (Northern Ireland) 1970* Sex Discrimination (Northern Ire...
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New Developments in Dispute Resolution: Pre-Claim Conciliation

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 12/04/2011 Eagle-eyed readers and anyone involved with industrial or fair employment tribunal claims will have noticed a change of approach of late from the Labour Relations Agency in Northern Ireland. They have, and will continue to promote, earlier approaches in employment disputes than might have been seen...
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LRA Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance Procedures Published

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 16/03/2011 Code PublishedThe final draft of the LRA Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance Procedures has been published online. From a quick scan, one of the differences between the NI Code and the Acas Code for GB is the reference under the heading 'Evolving Developments' to developing case law under ...
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Take 2 for Repeal of Retirement Age Regulations

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 03/03/2011 The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has now issued a second version of the draft Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age) Regulations 2011, which correct a drafting error contained in the original version (as highlighted by PwC in our update of 18 February 2011).Under the lates...
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Discrimination and Equality Contracts of Employment Human Rights
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Pay Negotiations in 2011

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 28/02/2011 Introduction Regular readers will know that Legal-Island organises a local HR Network in the Antrim/Ballymena area. One of our members asked us to conduct a survey of other members in relation to salary increases for 2011 and we thought we'd share the results with you.It was a very simple survey, a...
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Unfair Dismissal Pay and Conditions of Employment
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Abolition of the Default Retirement Age: Summary of Specific Proposals

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 25/01/2011 Introduction On 13 January 2011, the Government published its response to the recent consultation exercise on the default retirement age (DRA), confirming that it would be phased out from 6 April 2011:http://bit.ly/gDQNPU It has also published its impact assessment:http://bit.ly/fIk6TO The response...
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Agency Workers Changes for Northern Ireland

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 10/01/2011 On 15th December 2010, the Employment and Learning Minister, Danny Kennedy, announced a public consultation on the policy proposals and draft regulations which will implement the Agency Workers Directive in Northern Ireland. This public consultation will close on Friday 11th March 2011 and the cons...
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2011: Behold the Future - Less of the Same

Posted in: Supplementary Articles NI on 05/01/2011 What might we expect in 2011 in the employment field? An increase in home working and tele-conferencing to get around the snow and ice travel problems? Perhaps - it makes sense now but will be driven by business needs; not legislation. Certainly, a survey by Orange has revealed that 74% of SMEs are...