The Essential Guide to Employment Contracts

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U for Under Pressure

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 08/05/2012 Kiera Lee, writes: It is important to manage pressure in the workplace. HSE statistics in GB show that work related stress cost the economy 10.8m working days in 2010/11 and that on average, an employee with stress will miss 27 days of work. In Northern Ireland the HSE estimates that the cost of s...
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T for Time Apart

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 20/03/2012 Kiera Lee, writes: The Office for National Statistics published figures in December 2011 which show the number of people working part-time has reached record levels: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_247259.pdf This is due to the reduction in available full time work and to an increase in flexibl...
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S for Settling Employment Claims

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 14/02/2012 Kiera Lee, writies: No matter how thoroughly employers conduct dismissal procedures or how fair is the reason for dismissal, there will inevitably be times when it makes business sense to settle a dispute by way of a compromise agreement. Compromise agreements are binding agreements between employe...
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R for Restricting Competition

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 17/01/2012 Kiera Lee, writes:Employers have an inherent interest in protecting their business and any confidential information it needs to do so. This is balanced by the fact that it is necessary for most employees to have access to some level of confidential information or business know-how in order to do th...
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Q for Questions About the Data Protection Act 1998 - Employer Obligations

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 13/12/2011 Kiera Lee, writes: 1. Does the Data protection Act 1998 apply to employee information? The Data protection Act 1998 (DPA) applies to processing of ‘personal data’. Personal data is defined in the DPA as that which relates to an individual who can be identified from the data. Any information giving ...
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P for Pensions

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 08/11/2011 Kiera Lee, writes:1. The Pensions Act 2008 The proposed changes to public sector pensions are probably the most controversial ‘austerity’ measures planned by the UK government. They form part of a pensions revolution aimed at helping society afford its growing retiring and ageing population. Since ...
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O for Oh, the Weather

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 27/10/2011 Kiera Lee, writes:1. ‘O’ the weather outside is frightful!The recent drop in temperatures (not to mention the floods on both sides of the border) is a reminder that employers need to prepare for the inclement weather and the impact it might have on their business. A survey by the Federation of Smal...
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N for Notice of Termination

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 13/09/2011 Introduction A contract of employment may be terminated (subject to the fairness of the reason for termination) by either party giving notice to the other. How much notice, how it is given, when it takes effect and receipt of payment or other benefits are all questions that may give rise to dispute...
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Contracts of Employment
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M for Maternity Rights

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 23/08/2011 Kiera Lee, writes: 1. Risk assessmentThe Health and Safety of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby is governed by Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (NI) 2000. As soon as employer becomes aware that an employee is pregnant they should carry out a risk assessment to consider whether...
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L for Limitation Periods

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 19/07/2011 Kiera Lee, writes: 1. General ruleMost employment related complaints, including claims for unfair dismissal, must be brought within 3 months of the date of the incident giving rise to the claim. Article 145 of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order (as amended) states:"an industrial tribuna...
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Health and Safety