Category Archives: Employment

Working Time Directive and Mobile Workers

June 22, 2015 | Marianne |

Working Time Directive

An opinion was given in a case before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which will interest a number of our clients who have workers who travel regularly as part of their role. The Working Time Directive (the Directive), defines “working time” as any period during which the worker is working, is at the employer’s disposal … Read More >>

Counter Grievance during Disciplinary Process

June 16, 2015 | Marianne |

Counter Grievance

A question which I am often asked is, “how do we deal with an employee who has raised a counter grievance during disciplinary proceedings”?  This is a common occurrence and an issue which many employers are faced with. Having received notification that they are subject to disciplinary proceedings, many employees react to this news by … Read More >>

Gender Reassignment and Employment Issues

June 11, 2015 | Marianne |

Gender Reassignment and Employment Issues

Her step-daughter Kim Kardashian had hoped to be the one to “break the internet”, but Caitlyn Jenner’s well-publicised photo shoot with Vanity Fair magazine, her first magazine shoot as a woman, allowed her to trump her famous offspring for that title. Are there implications of employment issues with gender reassignment? The great news following this … Read More >>

Ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts

June 1, 2015 | Marianne |

exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts

At the end of May 2015, sections of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 came into force, including the provision which makes the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts unenforceable. A key part of the Conservative’s election campaign was a promise to ban clauses in zero hours contracts requiring exclusivity from … Read More >>

Safety tips for lone workers

May 28, 2015 | Marianne |

safety tips for lone workers

A number of our clients either have employees that work alone or are lone workers themselves. Therefore the question of safety regarding lone workers comes up a lot. This blog outlines the main safety tips for lone workers for employers and workers to think about. Working alone is not in itself against the law and will … Read More >>

Zero hours workers legal rights

April 20, 2015 | Marianne |

zero hours workers legal rights

The number of zero hours contracts has increased rapidly in the past few years. Although these types of contracts can bring benefits both to employers and workers, a recent employment tribunal case involved a zero hours contract worker and her fear of reporting allegations of sexual harassment, in case her hours of work were limited. … Read More >>

Making reasonable workplace adjustments

March 17, 2015 | Marianne |

reasonable workplace adjustments

This blog will briefly look at the obligation on employers in making reasonable workplace adjustments for any employees with a disability. The definition of disability is found in Section 6 of the Equality Act 2010 and states that a person has a disability if: they have physical or mental impairment; and the impairment has a substantial … Read More >>

Obesity and Disability Discrimination

February 16, 2015 | Marianne |

Obesity and disability discrimination

A recent Northern Ireland Industrial Tribunal (Bickerstaff v Butcher) made a unanimous decision that the claimant was disabled and upheld his claim of harassment. So how does this affect obesity and disability discrimination? Mr Bickerstaff worked at Randox Laboratories in Co Antrim where he said he was harassed by colleagues, in particular Mr Butcher, because … Read More >>

Fit for Work service – ready for change?

January 21, 2015 | Marianne |

Fit for work service

The Department for Work and Pensions has finally publishing guidance for employers about the long awaited Fit for Work service. Here we look at what the service provides and what it will mean for employers and employees. Presently, more than 130 million days annually are lost to sickness absence at a cost to the economy … Read More >>

Employment and HR New Year Resolutions

January 8, 2015 | Marianne |

Employment and HR

As January is the time for make resolutions and setting goals in our personal lives, it might be an idea to do the same in our professional lives also. So many things go to the bottom of a to-do list and can be forgotten easily. So what are your employment and HR New Year resolutions? … Read More >>