The Essential Guide to Employment Contracts

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Making a Reasonable Investigation

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 07/10/2015 There is a well-established line of legal authorities on the importance of conducting an investigation into misconduct. In practice, it is often difficult to draw the line on how far to investigate employees’ responses to allegations of misconduct. The decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues
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On the Road - the ECJ Decide if Travel Time is Working Time

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 15/09/2015 The European Working Time Directive 2003 (WTD) and the national legislation comprised in the Working Time Regulations (NI) 1998 (WTR) have been under regular scrutiny in the courts over the last number of years. Few employers will have missed the publicity surrounding the debate over what should an...
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N for No Escape from TUPE

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 25/08/2015 What happens to the employees of C if A outsources services to B who then subcontracts to C and A subsequently insources the work or changes the provider from B to someone else? Do C’s employee’s transfer?Kiera Lee writes:Until now tribunals have been of the view that since there is no contractual ...
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Health and Safety
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L for Luck Has Nothing To Do With It!

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 16/03/2015 Kiera Lee, writes:There was an overall increase in 2014 in the number of people in employment in Northern Ireland. http://www.detini.gov.uk/economic_overview___8211__february_2015__for_web_.pdf Whatever recruitment challenges employers are facing it is important that anyone involved in recruitment ...
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K for Keeping an Eye on Working Hours

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 20/01/2015 Kiera Lee, writes:The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland have launched an investigation into treatment of pregnant workers and working mothers in the work place. The commission has stated that its most common complaint on grounds of gender is related to this treatment. http://www.equalityni.o...
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J for Judicial Review of the Right to be Accompanied

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 18/11/2014 Kiera Lee, writes: In the case of AB v Down District Council [2012] NICA 60 the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland considered whether an employee had the right to be legally represented in disciplinary proceedings. The case considered the authorities on the question and the additional element of t...
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I for Implications of Sleeping on the Job!

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 16/09/2014 Kiera Lee, writes: The Employment Appeal Tribunal in England recently considered whether a worker is entitled to be paid National Minimum Wage (NMW) during a night shift on which she was entitled to sleep if not needed for emergency purposes. This case Esparon t/a Middle West Residential Care Home ...
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H for Harsh Words - Age Discrimination

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 22/07/2014 Kiera Lee, writes: 197 claims were lodged in the Employment Tribunals in 2013 for discrimination on the grounds of age. This is an increase of 100% on claims than was lodged in 2011. This together with recent headline cases is a reminder that employers need to be aware that age is a protected chara...
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G for Gallop v Newport

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 20/05/2014 Kiera Lee, writes: GALLOP V NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL [2013] EWCA CIV 1583 - DECIDING IF AN EMPLOYEE IS DISABLED This case deals with the question of what the employer’s role is in deciding whether an employee meets the legal definition of disability and whether an employer is entitled to rely on a medi...
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F for Focus on Whistleblowing

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 08/04/2014 Kiera Lee, writes: The Public Interest Disclosure (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 inserts provisions into the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (the ERO) which provides protection for an individual who makes a disclosure (whistle blowing) in good faith to their employer or other third p...