Handling Redundancy

In a redundancy situation employers must act reasonably and follow a number of prescribed stages to avoid the risk of an unfair dismissal claim.  It is essential that advice be taken at every stage of the redundancy procedure from People Management Solutions. Redundancy arises where fewer workers are needed through reorganisation, closure, relocation or a… Read more »

Posted 01-May-2020

How To Manage Home Working

What is homeworking? Homeworking is when a member of staff can conduct their daily duties from home on an occasional, temporary or permanent basis. In its simplest terms, it means that employees work from home with the same contractual obligations, such as core working hours, pay and adherence to usual company policy. The Covid-19 pandemic… Read more »

Posted 30-Apr-2020

Managing Discipline & Grievance Remotely

There is no reason why a disciplinary or grievance process needs to be put on hold just because employees are working remotely. Employers will, however, need to consider whether a full and fair investigation into the issues can still be carried out whilst working under lockdown constraints. If it is not going to be possible… Read more »


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Furlough Guide

What is furlough? The word ‘furlough’ generally means temporary leave of absence from work. Until now the expression has not carried any meaning in UK employment law but has been temporarily introduced in response to the unprecedented situation presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. This does not mean that the fundamentals of employment law have changed,… Read more »

Posted 22-Apr-2020

Tips on implementing a mass home working plan

1. Telephone System Check your business calls can easily be diverted to a home worker so that you can continue to give service to your customers if your employees can’t get into the office. 2. Your Data & Security Remember if you can access your files remotely, maybe hackers can too. Check your security is… Read more »

Posted 11-Mar-2020

Coronavirus – Frequently Asked Questions

One of our employees has returned from an affected area and, on medical advice, is “self- isolating” at home. Do we have to pay her? I’m assuming that this employee cannot work remotely from home for the duration of her self- isolation. There are conflicting messages about whether or not you have to pay the… Read more »

Posted 06-Mar-2020

Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees

In case coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads more widely in the UK, employers should consider some simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff. It’s good practice for employers to: keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details… Read more »

Posted 02-Mar-2020

Early Conciliation Comes To Northern Ireland 27 January 2020

Following a change in employment law, the Labour Relations Agency will provide a new service to employees, employers, and their representatives. Early Conciliation comes into effect from 27 January 2020.  As a result, anyone who wishes to lodge a claim with the Industrial or Fair Employment Tribunal must first notify the Agency and discuss the… Read more »

Posted 17-Jan-2020

Government announces pay rise for 2.8 million people

National Living Wage set to increase by 6.2% in 2020. Annual pay rise of up to £930 for a full time worker. National Living Wage (NLW) increasing from £8.21 to £8.72. New NLW rate starts on 1 April 2020 and applies to over 25 years olds. Low-paid workers will receive a 6.2% pay rise with… Read more »

Posted 08-Jan-2020

Pregnancy discrimination case in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland woman wins £28,000 for pregnancy discrimination at Industrial Tribunal When Laura Gruzdaite told her employer that she was pregnant and showed him the letter for her first ante-natal appointment, she probably didn’t expect it was the start of a chain of events that would lead to her losing her job. The Equality Commission… Read more »

Posted 29-Oct-2019