October 2021 has been designated as “World Menopause Awareness month” by the International Menopause Society (IMS), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), with the aim of raising awareness of the issue and support options. We are therefore taking the opportunity to highlight related issues that may occur in the workplace. It is becoming… Continue Reading »
It was recently reported that a female former employee successfully claimed sexual harassment against the Bank of Ireland. In this article, we consider what employers can learn from the case. The Tribunal found that, despite an independent report instigated by the Bank finding that the incidents complained of were not serious, the Claimant had in… Continue Reading »
For those operating in the Republic of Ireland we have a brief update on changes in the jurisdiction. The section on “Right to Disconnect” may be of interest to readers operating in NI and GB as this is something that is on the agenda and gathering momentum in these jurisdictions. The Republic of Ireland updates… Continue Reading »
If an employer pays employees more than statutory maternity pay when on maternity leave, does this mean that the employer is also obliged to enhance pay for other types of family leave? In this article, we look at some of the other types of family leave and advise on what employers should consider regarding each… Continue Reading »
The Equality Commission in Northern Ireland has issued new guidance on recruiting disabled people. “Making it work” shares the personal stories of six individuals with different disabilities and their success in finding work. There is also information on support available to individuals and employers to employ disabled people. Research by Scope tells us that disabled… Continue Reading »
Uber has been unsuccessful at the Supreme Court in its appeal against a finding that the taxi drivers it supplies are “workers” within the meaning of employment legislation. Uber argued that the taxi drivers providing its service were self employed contractors and that Uber is a booking agent, providing the drivers with access to… Continue Reading »
This month we are highlighting what to look out for in employment law in 2021 1. Brexit The UK is obliged to adhere to EU laws in force up to 31st December 2020 under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. This converts and incorporates into domestic law, EU laws as they exist immediately before 31… Continue Reading »
We have a confession to make. In our article at the start of the year, “What’s to come in employment law in 2020”, we didn’t mention any of the following:- - Coronavirus - Furlough - Flexible furlough - Self-isolation - Statutory Sick Pay - Quarantine - Social distancing We hope we can be forgiven for… Continue Reading »
A short video on some key things employers should be thinking about as furlough has now been extended to 31st March 2021.
In this video, we look at the key elements and things for employers to consider in relation to the new Job Support Scheme, announced on 24th September 2020, which will be in operation from November 2020 until April 2021.