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

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 »

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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