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Industrial Action: Notifying Employers of an Intention to Ballot

02 May 2024 The picket lines in Northern Ireland have been particularly busy in recent months, with thousands of public sector workers staging walkouts in a bid to bring about pay parity with the rest of the... READ

Disability discrimination – can an employee bring a disability discrimination claim without an official medical diagnosis?

08 April 2024 The NI Court of Appeal case of Kelly v the Department for Communities and Department of Finance sheds light on the intricate interplay between mental health conditions, workplace accommodations and employers’ legal obligations, providing... READ

New Year, New Holiday Pay Regulations

15 January 2024 As we embark on another new year, what better time than January for an employer to review their Annual Leave Policy? As of 01 January 2024, we have officially entered the post-Brexit era for... READ

Former senior female police officer awarded £31,000 compensation in a whistleblowing and sex discrimination case against the PSNI

22 November 2023 Emma Bond -v- Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland 21722/21IT Emma Bond, former PSNI Chief Superintendent, and first female Commander of Derry City & Strabane District, brought claims of sex discrimination... READ

Contracts of Employment – time to review

07 September 2022 An employment contract is a legal relationship between an employer and employee and that contract of employment exists even if it is not committed to in writing. Whilst it is in the interests of... READ

Employer’s decision to dismiss tainted by racial discrimination deemed to be unfair and discriminatory

14 July 2022 An Industrial Tribunal sitting in Northern Ireland has awarded a Claimant compensation totalling £36,023.03 in a judgment determining that an employer’s disciplinary procedure and decision to dismiss was tainted by racial discrimination and, therefore,... READ

Ex-Labour MP ordered to pay £434k in damages to ‘Ms A’ due to sexual assault, harassment and victimisation

26 May 2022 A recent remedy judgment handed down by a panel sitting at the Central London Employment Tribunal last week awarded ‘Ms A’, a former parliamentary worker, compensation of £434,435.39. The remedy judgment follows a previous... READ

Unfair dismissal, Covid, health and safety- what employer’s need to know

23 March 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust health and safety claims under the Employment Rights (NI) Order into the spotlight. The Order provides a number of protections to staff in respect of health and safety complaints... READ

Unvaccinated employees who are required to self-isolate

18 February 2022 The position in Northern Ireland currently is if an individual is 18 or over and they are unvaccinated or have one dose only, but are considered a close contact of someone who has tested... READ

Annual leave calculations upon termination of employment

28 April 2021 Is an employee or worker entitled to a payment in lieu of annual leave upon termination, if they previously took unpaid leave as they were mistakenly treated as a self-employed independent contractor and did... READ
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