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The Essential Guide to Employment Contracts

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F for Flexible Working - Benefits for All?

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 21/12/2010 Kiera Lee, writes:Flexible Working - What is it?Both employers and employees are increasingly enjoying the benefits of ‘flexible working’. The term ‘flexible working’ covers any working arrangement that has been adapted to suit employer and employee. The law on flexible working in Northern Ireland ...
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E for Equal Pay - Are Some of us Still More Equal than Others?

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 09/11/2010 Kiera Lee, writes:IntroductionThe Office for National Statistics reports the pay gap between male and female employees (for all employees - full and part time) was 16.4% in April 2009: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/CCI/nugget.asp?ID=167 Whilst this is a slight improvement on the figures for 2008 it ...
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D for Discriminatory Dismissals - Lessons in Diversity

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 19/10/2010 Kiera Lee, writes: 1. IntroductionEmployees have the right under the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (as amended) not to be unfairly dismissed. It is unfair and unlawful to dismiss someone on the grounds of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, disability or religious or political bel...
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C for Contract Variations

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 21/09/2010 Kiera Lee, writes: 1. IntroductionThe recent case of Bateman and others v Asda Stores Limited provided that ‘Asda’, the well known supermarket, was entitled to unilaterally impose a change to pay and working conditions because the terms of employees’ contracts of employment were wide enough to allo...
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B for Bonus

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 24/08/2010 Kiera writes:1. IntroductionBonuses are receiving bad press at the moment. There is outrage at payment of large bonuses to exiting chief executives who have arguably failed to do the job they were employed to do and global pressure to bring bonuses in the banking sector under control. However, paym...
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A for Age Discrimination

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 14/07/2010 Kiera Lee, writes: 1. Introduction and LegislationWe are continually told that employees throughout the UK will have to work increasingly longer than those of past generations. But is there sufficient protection for the rights and opportunities of people working beyond ‘normal’ retirement age’?The ...