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

Providing a reference for a former employee

Is an employer under any obligation to provide a reference for a former employee upon their request? Generally, an employer is under no duty to provide a reference to a former employee. However, an employee’s contract may state that the employer will provide them with a reference upon request. In such circumstances, the employer would… Read more »


Alternative Employment in a Redundancy Situation

There are several factors that should be considered, when looking at whether an offer of alternative employment is “suitable” or not, these include: Hours of Work Are the new hours of work different to those worked previously by the employee? You should consider whether they will lose, for example, entitlement to overtime. Also, consider if… Read more »

Posted 25-Sep-2019

Government eases no-deal Brexit migration rules

The government has backtracked on plans to abruptly end freedom of movement on 31 October in the event of a no-deal Brexit. This will come as a relief to employers. In a statement on 4th September 2019, Priti Patel confirmed that in a no-deal scenario the government would implement a temporary leave to remain scheme… Read more »

Posted 06-Sep-2019

The EU Settlement Scheme

Until Brexit EEA citizens will continue to evidence their right to work by providing their passport or national identity card. This will not change. With the exception of Irish citizens almost all citizens of European Economic Area countries must apply for ‘settled status’ following the UK’s departure from the European Union. Obtaining settled status will… Read more »

Posted 03-Sep-2019

Holiday Pay – where are we now?

The long-awaited Court of Appeal judgment has been issued in the case of Chief Constable for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and others v Alexander Agnew and others (otherwise known as the Police Holiday Pay case). The Court of Appeal found in favour of the police officers. The headline rulings are that a gap… Read more »

Posted 17-Jul-2019

Post Brexit – European Workers

Post-Brexit (29th March 2019), employers should be aware that the employment of workers from the EU is likely to be subject to restrictions in the same way as employment of other foreign nationals. Employers should start thinking about their recruitment processes to see if they need to be adjusted to allow for these changes. For… Read more »

Posted 28-Feb-2019

Auto-Enrolment Contributions Increase

Effective 6th April 2019 minimum contributions increase for both employers and employees: Employers are required to contribute a minimum of 3%; Employees are required to contribute a minimum of 5%. Employers should ensure that they allow appropriate time to consult with employees before making changes to their pension contribution scheme.