National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates will increase in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK from 1 April 2017. Indeed from 2017 onwards all minimum wage rates are to increase on 1 April of each year. The increases taking effect from 1 April 2017 are: National Living Wage (25Read More ..
What next following the Supreme Court Decision? On Tuesday 24 January 2017 the Supreme Court upheld an earlier High Court ruling that Article 50 (the mechanism through which the UK will commence the formal process of leaving EU) cannot lawfully be triggered without an Act of Parliament. So what happens next? Brexit so far: AsRead More ..
The Department for the Economy has recently launched a public consultation seeking the views of interested parties on the potential implications of the Apprenticeship Levy in Northern Ireland, due to be introduced in April 2017. The collection of the Levy from all employers with a pay bill in excess of £3 million per annum isRead More ..
Christmas workplace parties are a great way of staff coming together to celebrate the festive season. A well organised Christmas Party can boost workforce morale and acknowledge the hard work/commitment that the staff has provided over the preceding year. However employee conduct at Christmas parties can sometimes turn what should be the most wonderful timeRead More ..
In the recent unfair dismissal case of Kane v Bombardier Aerospace 239/16 IT, the Northern Ireland Tribunal found that the employer’s use of covert surveillance was lawful. In that case the EEF NI represented the employer throughout the proceedings and at the Hearing. Facts of the Case Bombardier had employed Mr. Kane for approximately 7Read More ..
The UK’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) continues to be a hot topic both for politicians and businesses. There are still many uncertainties including when the UK will trigger Article 50 commencing the formal 2 year period to exit the EU, and terms on which it will leave. No Member State has everRead More ..
On 24 June 2016, the EU referendum result was announced, with a majority of voters deciding that the UK should leave the EU. Once the government notifies the European Council that the UK has decided to leave the EU, the two-year period for the negotiation for exit under Article 50 of the Treaty of theRead More ..
The question of whether the employee remains entitled to childcare vouchers during Maternity Leave has been a vexed one. It arises as during Maternity Leave (and other family friendly leave) leaving aside entitlement to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), the employee has no legal entitlement to remuneration but is entitled to her non-cash benefits. Childcare vouchersRead More ..