Employment

Northern Ireland employers fined for underpaying employees

Northern Ireland employers fined for underpaying employees

By Gary Adair There were 11 employers from Northern Ireland on a list published by the HMRC of employers who had failed to pay the National Living and Minimum Wage to... Read more

Over a thousand pounds raised by our marathon teams

Our marathon relay teams were very delighted to hand over a cheque for £1,240 to Brian Shanks of the Simon Community NI. The team would like to thank everyone who made... Read more

Company gender pay gap reports reveal extent of the disparity

By Gary Adair Over 10,000 businesses submitted their reports on employee pay with a view to showing the extent of the gender pay gap, and the results show just how big... Read more

1 in 5 employers admit to online recruitment discrimination

Eighteen per cent of employers surveyed revealed that they use filters on their online job advertisements to limit who they appear to, with many deliberately avoiding women and people aged... Read more

European court ruling says employees entitled to privacy in the workplace

By Gillian Crotty The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgment in a case involving an employer who read private messages exchanged on an office account has said that employers "cannot... Read more

NI employee with mental health issues wins disability discrimination case

By Gary Adair A Northern Ireland woman has been awarded over £11,000 in compensation after winning her disability discrimination case, which she brought when her employers took 14months to consider her... Read more

233 employers failed to pay minimum wage to their employees

By Gillian Crotty A Government review has found that 13,000 employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK were not paid a National Minimum Wage by their employers, with... Read more

Northern Ireland woman settles pregnancy discrimination case

By Gillian Crotty Áine Magorrian from Castlewellan, County Down, has accepted a £9,000 compensation settlement in respect of her sex discrimination claim against her former employers Saliis. Mrs Magorrian joined the renewable... Read more

Supreme Court rules that employment tribunal fees are unlawful

By Gillian Crotty The Supreme Court has ruled that the introduction of fees for bringing an employment tribunal claim in 2013 was unlawful, and that the government must now refund nearly... Read more

Northern Ireland has lowest percentage of older workers in the UK

By Gillian Crotty Just 63.3 per cent of people aged 50 to 64-years-old in Northern Ireland are still in regular employment, the lowest percentage in the whole of the UK which... Read more

Building Contractor jailed after fatal work accident

The Court of Appeal has given a two year prison sentence to a Building contractor whose employee fell to his death, after the original suspended sentence was deemed unduly lenient. Norman... Read more

Queen's University has biggest gender pay gap of top UK universities

By Gillian Crotty Queen's University in Belfast has the highest percentage gender pay gap amont its professors, according to analysis by the Times Higher Education (THE). In 2015-16 female professors at the... Read more

Belfast advice centre employee wins disability discrimination claim

By Gillian Crotty An employment tribunal has decided that the mother of a disabled daughter who worked at an advice centre in Belfast was discriminated against when she was made redundant... Read more

Most employers favour some change to employment laws after Brexit

By Gillian Crotty A new survey suggests that the majority of employers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK would like to see "some change" to employment laws once... Read more

U-turn on self-employed NI contributions increase

Small business owners and self-employed workers have today been told that the planned increase in national insurance contributions for the self-employed announced in the budget will not go ahead. There was... Read more

Small businesses and self-employed hit hardest by the budget

An increase to the national insurance contributions (NICs) paid by the self-employed and small business owners, as well as higher taxes on dividends meant Philip Hammond's first budget made for... Read more

'Tribunal fees have priced women out of their employment rights'

By Gillian Crotty The introduction of employment tribunal fees of up to £1,200 have "effectively priced women out of their own employment rights", according to shadow equalities minister Paula Sheriff. Ms Sheriff... Read more

2 female employees win equal pay claim against Belfast café

By Gillian Crotty Two female employees of a café in Belfast have successfully brought a claim for equal pay against their employers, with the employment tribunal ruling that there was no... Read more

Calls for firms to be fined for sexist employee dress codes

By Gillian Crotty A report produced in response to the treatment of a female employee who was sent home without pay for refusing to wear high heels says that the existing... Read more

Employment law claims in Northern Ireland increased last year

By Gillian Crotty There was an increase in unfair dismissal and discrimination claims brought against employers in Northern Ireland in the last financial year. A freedom of information request revealed that there... Read more

Gender pay gap increases when women reach 30s

By Gillian Crotty New research suggests that the gender pay gap continues to widen for women when they reach their 30s, with many female employees seeing their wages plateau when men... Read more

Concern at impact of increased minimum wage on NI employers

By Gillian Crotty Chancellor Philip Hammond announced an increase in the minimum wage in his Autumn Statement, but there are already concerns about how Northern Ireland employers will cope with the... Read more

Bombardier Belfast employee loses unfair dismissal claim

By Gillian Crotty An employment tribunal has dismissed an unfair dismissal claim brought by an employee of Bombardier's Belfast factory. The employee suffered an accident at work in 2014 and went on... Read more

Employers encouraged to relax policy on tattoos

  The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has carried out research into employer attitudes to job applicants and employees who have tattoos, and has warned that businesses will miss out... Read more

Increase in employment law advice requests from returning mothers

By Gillian Crotty There has been an increase in the number of women requesting legal advice in respect of problems at work experienced after returning from maternity leave, according to figures... Read more

Northern Ireland women buck UK trend on gender salary gap

By Gillian Crotty A UK wide report suggests that the gender pay gap still shows men earning more than women, except that is in Northern Ireland, where women are on the... Read more

Two employees settle sexual harassment claims against Belfast food restaurant

By Gillian Crotty Two female employees who worked at KFC on the Boucher Road have settled their sexual harassment claims against Herbel Restaurants, with compensation totalling £30,000 between them. Kirstie and Courtney... Read more

Research suggests half of female employees have been sexually harassed

By Gillian Crotty New research suggests that over half of female employees in Northern Ireland have suffered sexual harassment at work. The poll was conducted by the Trades Union Congress as part... Read more

How Northern Ireland employers can prepare for Brexit

By Gillian Crotty Over a month on from the result of the Brexit referendum there is still a lot of confusion over some of the most basic implications, and employers in... Read more

Belfast science institute settles 2 sex discrimination claims

By Gillian Crotty A public science body in Belfast has avoided an employment tribunal by settling two claims of sex discrimination brought by two female employees. Carole Daly and Hollie Lewis were... Read more

GPs call for employees to self-certify illness for 2 weeks

By Gillian Crotty Doctors are calling for a change to the rule requiring employees to present a doctor's note to their employer if they are off for more than a week,... Read more

Employee conditions at Sports Direct under spotlight

By Gillian Crotty MPs investigating working practices at the Sports Direct warehouse in Derbyshire have been told that employees worked in a culture of fear of losing their job, or facing... Read more

Chelsea doctor rejects £1.2m offer to settle constructive dismissal claim

By Gillian Crotty The employment tribunal hearing the constructive dismissal claim brought by former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro against the football team claim has heard that she rejected a settlement... Read more

Baker sacked for not clearing hands was not unfairly dismissed

By Gillian Crotty A baker who was sacked by Greggs bakery for failing to wash his hands has lost his claim of unfair dismissal. The employment tribunal held that Sion Donovan, aged... Read more

Northern Ireland businesses could struggle due to cost of living wage

By Gillian Crotty Businesses in Northern Ireland that are already facing financial difficulties could be pushed over the edge by the implementation of the national living wage, according to research by... Read more

PSNI officers face discipline for not investigating fraud claim

By Gary Adair The PSNI is recommending that two officers face disciplinary procedures for failing to make a proper investigation into a claim of fraud, with one of the officers also... Read more

Teachers win millions in discrimination and injury compensation

By Gillian Crotty Teachers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK won millions of pounds of compensation last year in respect of a wide range of issues, including discrimination,... Read more

Women employees pay a 'motherhood penalty' say MPs

By Gillian Crotty A disproportionate responsibility for childcare is resulting in women in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK being paid less than men, according to a report by... Read more

£1.4m bill for NHS following unfair dismissal, harassment and discrimination

By Gillian Crotty The NHS will have to pay a £1.4million bill to cover compensation and legal costs after an employment tribunal found that one of its' employees was unfairly dismissed,... Read more

Northern Ireland nurse wins right to reassess unfair dismissal claim

By Gillian Crotty A Northern Ireland nurse has won the right to have her unfair dismissal claim re-heard, after senior judges set aside an industrial tribunal's decision that her dismissal had... Read more

Closure of 11 Xtra-vision stores in NI to result in 60 redundancies

By Neil Logan The company Xtra-vision has gone into liquidation resulting in the closure of its' stores in Northern Ireland and around 60 redundancies. The rental chain consisted of 83 stores in... Read more

What you need to know about European court ruling on private emails at work

By Gillian Crotty A European court ruling on the monitoring of private communications of an employee in the workplace has led to sensational headlines about employers being given the power to... Read more

No settlement reached in Ex-Chelsea doctor constructive dismissal case

By Gillian Crotty One of the most widely publicised employment law claims in the UK is set to go to tribunal, after an initial hearing in respect of Eva Carneiro's constructive... Read more

Unemployment in Northern Ireland continues to fall

By Gillian Crotty The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland fell to 6.1 per cent in November. The number of benefit claimants in the province now stands at 31,900, and while the... Read more

Employers could lose fifth of staff to Black Friday shopping

By Gillian Crotty Employers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are likely to have a reduced workforce on Friday 27th November, as it has been suggested that thousands... Read more

Don't be the talk of the office Christmas party for the wrong reasons

By Gillian Crotty Employers and employees around Northern Ireland are getting ready for the annual office party, no doubt recalling some of the more exciting moments from the year before, and... Read more

Solicitor sacked for comments made online following football match

By Gillian Crotty A solicitor who was a partner in the London based law firm Goldberg Segalla has been sacked following an online interview that appeared on Youtube and elsewhere online,... Read more

Women earn 14.2 per cent per hour less then men

By Gillian Crotty Gender pay discrimination continues in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, with new research suggesting that women earn 14.2 per cent less per hour than their... Read more

First female High Court judges appointed in history of Northern Ireland

The High Court of Northern Ireland has now two female judges for the first time in its' nearly 100 year history. Denise McBride QC and Siobhan Keegan QC are the first... Read more

Northern Ireland woman settles age discrimination claim

By Gillian Crotty A woman from Northern Ireland has accepted £40,000 compensation following an age discrimination claim she brought against her former employers Dunnes Stores. Gloria Dunbar was eventually told to leave... Read more

The Modern Employment Policy (Pt 2 of 2) - The Social Media explosion

By Gillian Crotty This is the second part of our two-part guide looking at the modern problems employers face when it comes to Smartphone and Social Media use. Click here to... Read more

The Modern Employment Policy (Pt 1 of 2) - The Smartphone evolution

By Gillian Crotty Employers will often contact us because they are finding themselves dealing with their first employee disciplinary procedure that involves social media or Smartphone use. The truth is that... Read more

Bus driver who used iPad at wheel loses unfair dismissal claim

By Gillian Crotty An Employment Appears Tribunal has rejected an unfair dismissal claim brought by the bus driver who was sacked for operating an iPad while travelling at 60mph.   A motorist on... Read more

Tribunal decision on Facebook comment unfair dismissal case overturned

By Gillian Crotty The Employment Appeal Tribunal has overturned an unfair dismissal decision in respect of an employee who posted derogatory comments about his employers on Facebook, and suggested that he... Read more

Employers and employees can learn from footballer sacked over tweet

By Gillian Crotty Employers, employees and job-hunters can learn a lesson from the misfortune of a professional player who was due to join a new club, only to have the transfer... Read more

Employee sacked for eating slice of cake loses unfair dismissal case

By Gillian Crotty A Harrods employee who was dismissed after eating a slice of chocolate cake that was on sale for customers has lost his unfair dismissal claim for £1million compensation. Juan... Read more

Budget speech delivers living wage and inheritance tax boost

Chancellor George Osborne surprised many people in his Budget speech with the announcement that the living wage would be introduced for employees aged over 25, coming into effect next April. The... Read more

Unfair dismissal case could take alcohol out of office Christmas parties

By Gillian Crotty An unfair dismissal ruling by the Fair Work Commission has employers re-thinking their policy on having alcohol at the office Christmas party. An employee of a construction company in... Read more

Northern Ireland can't afford devolution of corporation tax powers

By Neil Logan The devolution of corporation tax powers to Stormont in Northern Ireland will probably not go ahead in 2017 according to Finance Minister Arlene Foster. It had initially been hoped... Read more

Unfair dismissal case shows employers must have social media policy

By Gillian Crotty A recent unfair dismissal case that revolved around a photo posted on a social media site by an employee highlights how it is now essential for all employers... Read more

Huge interest in NI Civil Service voluntary redundancy scheme

By Gillian Crotty The new voluntary redundancy scheme introduced by the civil service in Northern Ireland with a view to losing 2,400 employees has resulted in interest being registered by 7,285... Read more

Poll shows discrimination against obese employees and applicants

By Gillian Crotty A poll of 1,000 employers has revealed obesity discrimination when it comes to job applicants and existing employees. Of those who took part in the survey by Crossland Employment... Read more

£26million compensation for UK teachers in 2014

By Gillian Crotty Approximately £26million was paid out in compensation to teachers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK last year, following claims over personal injury, unfair dismissal, and... Read more

Fewer employees are claiming compensation for a work accident injury

By Gillian Crotty New research suggests that the number of employees claiming for compensation following an injury sustained in an accident at work has dropped from 29 per cent in 2013... Read more

Employers at risk of discrimination claims over application forms

By Gillian Crotty A restaurant employer recently had an extract of their job application form posted on social media with comments of dismay that potential employees were being asked to state... Read more

Northern Ireland employers failed to pay minimum wage

By Gillian Crotty The government has 'named and shamed' companies in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK that have failed to pay their employees the minimum wage. New rules were... Read more

Regulation not ban of zero hour contracts in Northern Ireland

By Gillian Crotty Employment Minister Stephen Farry has concluded a review into the use of zero-hours contracts in Northern Ireland by suggesting that they should be regulated rather than banned. Zero-hours contracts... Read more

Voluntary redundancy scheme for NI Civil Service confirmed

By Gillian Crotty It has been confirmed that a voluntary redundancy scheme will be launched for employees of the Northern Ireland civil service on 2nd March. If the selected employees accept the... Read more

New start employee fired on twitter before her first day

By Gillian Crotty A young girl in the US was sacked on twitter by her new employer before she managed to begin her first day of work, as a result of... Read more

Landmark NI case gives obese employees disability rights

By Gillian Crotty An employment tribunal in Northern Ireland has ruled that obese employees may be entitled to disability protection. The landmark case involved a former employee of Randox Laboratories who brought... Read more

Unfair dismissal claim over offensive twitter use fails

By Gillian Crotty An unfair dismissal claim that revolved around an employee's twitter account highlights how it is now essential for employers to have a social media policy. The case involved a... Read more

Commission to look at employer treatment of pregnant employees

By Gillian Crotty The Equality Commission regularly receives complaints from employees in Northern Ireland who feel they were treated unfairly when they became pregnant or returned from maternity leave. Such is the... Read more

Employee made redundant over cyclist hit and run tweet

By Gillian Crotty A man who posted a tweet suggesting that his car hit a cyclist and that he did not remain at the scene has been sacked by his employers. Stockbroker... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment falls for 23rd month in a row

By Gillian Crotty The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland has fallen for a 23rd consecutive month, however the rate of decrease is behind the rest of the UK. There were 700... Read more

Northern Ireland employees made redundant win compensation

By Gillian Crotty An employment tribunal has ruled that former employees of the Northern Ireland construction company Mivan are entitled to compensation as they were made redundant without any consultation process. The... Read more

Finance Minister for NI warns of 'considerable' redundancies

By Gillian Crotty The Finance Minister for Northern Ireland, Simon Hamilton, has said that there will be a "considerable" number of public sector employees made redundant, but can't yet confirm the... Read more

Nortel employees made redundant win unfair dismissal claim

By Gillian Crotty Three employees of the Nortel factory in Northern Ireland have won unfair dismissal claims, but are unlikely to receive very much of the payments awarded. Nortel went into administration... Read more

Northern Ireland council employees take 12 sick days a year

By Gillian Crotty Northern Ireland council employees are taking on average 12 sick days a year, according to the latest report by the local government auditor. The report is produced annually and... Read more

Rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland lowest in 5 yrs

By Gillian Crotty The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland fell to 6 per cent in October - the lowest it's been since the last quarter of 2009. The number of people... Read more

'Employers should help employees going through divorce'

By Lenore Rice Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said the government will "push" employers to intervene and support employees who are going through a divorce or separation. Mr Duncan Smith says... Read more

Employment law - The holiday pay ruling explained

By Gillian Crotty Much has been said about the 'landmark' Employment Appeal Tribunal (AET) ruling that means regular overtime must now be taken into account when calculating holiday pay, but what... Read more

Landmark tribunal decision on overtime and holiday pay

By Gillian Crotty A landmark Employment Appeal Tribunal decision means that employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK that work overtime can now claim for additional holiday pay. The... Read more

20p increase in the UK living wage

By Gillian Crotty The Living Wage Foundation has increased the hourly rate known as the 'living wage' by 20p to £7.85. The living wage is based on the amount needed to cover... Read more

Whistleblower concerns about lack of mental health assessments

By Gary Adair A former security manager at a hospital has turned whistle-blower against his employers following the death of a patient at a bus stop, and has raised concerns about... Read more

Counting the cost of civil service employee sick days

By Gillian Crotty New figures suggest that the Northern Ireland economy is losing £30million a year as a result of civil servant absenteeism, with employees on average taking 10 sick days... Read more

Welfare minister criticised for disabled employee comments

By Gillian Crotty Welfare minister Lord Freud has come under fire for his comments that some disabled employees are "not worth the full wage", and that he would look into some... Read more

Unemployment in Northern Ireland falls in September

By Gillian Crotty The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland has fallen for the 21st consecutive month, with 300 fewer people claiming unemployment related benefits in September. The unemployment rate in Northern... Read more

877 employee redundancies confirmed by JTI Gallaher

By Gillian Crotty It has been confirmed that 877 employees of the Northern Ireland plant of JTI Gallaher will be made redundant when the factory closes in 2017. Employees were told about... Read more

Thousand NI employees receive redundancy notice as factory closes

By Gillian Crotty Nearly 1,000 Northern Ireland employees have today received redundancy notices as a result of the closure of the JTI Gallaher factory in Ballymena. The cigarette makers are one of... Read more

More NI employees of Phones 4U escape redundancy

By Gillian Crotty Approximately 43 employees of Phones 4U in Northern Ireland appear to have escaped redundancy with the announcement of a second company buying some of the shops from the... Read more

Northern Ireland Phones 4u employees await redundancy news

By Neil Logan Employees of Northern Ireland branches of Phones 4u today learned that all of the 500 stores across the UK would be closed after the chain went into administration. Approximately... Read more

Living wage would increase jobs in Northern Ireland

By Gillian Crotty New research suggests that there would be an increase in jobs in Northern Ireland if the 'living wage' was introduced as mandatory for all employees. The living wage is... Read more

Stormont want answers over teacher redundancy u-turn

By Gillian Crotty A Stormont watchdog committee will question a senior official from the Department of Education about the employment problems that arose from the teacher redundancy scheme, which resulted in... Read more

Dental professor loses unfair dismissal case

By Gillian Crotty An industrial tribunal in Belfast has rejected the claim of unfair dismissal brought by a former professor of dentistry against his former employers. Prof Philip Lamey worked as both... Read more

Fall in unemployment in Northern Ireland

By Gillian Crotty Unemployment has fallen in Northern Ireland for the 19th consecutive month, with 1,400 less people claiming unemployment benefit in the month of July. Approximately 5.9 per cent of those... Read more

Poor response to gov scheme to deal with gender pay gap

By Gillian Crotty Three years ago the coalition government launched a scheme to create transparency on gender pay gaps, with 200 firms committing to publish data on salaries paid to their... Read more

Carol Smillie's surprising comments on age discrimination

By Gillian Crotty Age discrimination and sex discrimination are among the two most common problems experienced by employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, and television presenter Carol... Read more

NI woman was unfairly dismissed because of pregnancy

By Gillian Crotty A Northern Ireland woman has won her claim of unfair dismissal after an employment tribunal held that she was sacked because of pregnancy. Nicola McNamee from County Fermanagh began... Read more

Belfast drink driving doctor was unfairly dismissed

By Gillian Crotty An employment tribunal has ruled that a doctor who lost his job after being caught almost four times over the legal limit when driving into work was unfairly... Read more

HMRC issue 2013/2014 interim penalty letters in error

Some employers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will have received 2013/14 interim penalty letters in error. HMRC's analysis shows that this issue affects only employers who met... Read more

Funds confirmed for 30 voluntary redundancies in NI schools

By Gillian Crotty The Education Minister for Northern Ireland has confirmed that funds have been made available to cover an additional 30 voluntary redundancies among school staff. The Department of Education had... Read more

Northern Ireland nurse loses unfair dismissal case

By Gillian Crotty A Northern Ireland nurse has lost her unfair dismissal case against the nursing home she worked at for 7 years. Andrea Headley was ultimately dismissed because it was alleged... Read more

Avoiding World cup headaches in the workplace

By Gillian Crotty The 2014 World Cup is now upon us, as employers will know only to well as they start to experience the problems that such a popular event can... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment rate continues to fall

By Gillian Crotty The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland now stands at 6.9 per cent, with 500 people less claiming unemployment benefits in the month of May. The number of people... Read more

Employee in affair with boss was unfairly dismissed

By Gillian Crotty An employment tribunal has awarded unfair dismissal compensation to a woman who was sacked because she was in an affair with her boss and his wife found out... Read more

Number of NI unemployment benefit claimants still falling

By Gillian Crotty The number of people in Northern Ireland claiming unemployment benefits has fallen for the 15th consecutive month. There were 56,100 claimants in Northern Ireland in April, a fall of... Read more

Belfast employee wins unfair dismissal compensation

By Gillian Crotty A Belfast employee of Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries has been awarded £45,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal, and discrimination on and harassment on the grounds of sexual... Read more

Last chance for 2013/14 PAYE details

Employers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK must now use an earlier year update (EYU) if they still need to send PAYE information for 2013/14 that ought... Read more

NI hospital staff consider strike over faulty payroll system

By Gillian Crotty Thousands of healthcare workers in Northern Ireland are thought to have been affected by faults with a new payroll system that has resulted in employees being underpaid. Healthcare staff... Read more

Men win sex discrimination pay case against university

By Gillian Crotty A group of 18 men have successfully brought a claim of sexual discrimination against their University employer over unequal pay. The group of caretakers and maintenance staff worked for... Read more

NI unemployment increased in March

By Gillian Crotty The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland increased slightly to 7.7 per cent in March, despite the number of benefit claimants falling by 700. In the rest of... Read more

Unemployment rate fall sparks interest rate fears

By Michelle Rock Last August Bank of England governor Mark Carney issued a forward guidance policy in respect of interest rates in an effort to bring some assurance to mortgage borrowers... Read more

Northern Ireland has fastest growth in jobs of all UK

By Gillian Crotty Northern Ireland experienced the fastest rate of growth in private sector jobs of all the regions of the UK in the month of March according to new figures. Overall... Read more

College lecturer wins unfair dismissal compensation

By Gillian Crotty A college lecturer has successfully brought a claim of unfair dismissal against her former employers, and has been awarded over £78,000 in compensation.Janette Hirst, aged 44, worked at... Read more

Northern Ireland self employed – things you should know

As a sole trader your profits are taxed as any other income by the HMRC and as you are self-employed your tax will be self-assessed. You will need to register with... Read more

NI workers benefit from tax cuts of £2,000 since 2010

Reports suggest that David Cameron will today speak of his “pride” at having cut tax by almost £2,000 for the typical worker in Northern Ireland and the rest of the... Read more

Budget 2014 to benefit Northern Ireland taxpayers

As was widely expected, the Chancellor has announced an increase in the personal tax allowance to £10,500 in 2015-16 which will benefit taxpayers in Northern Ireland and the rest of... Read more

Childcare tax break for Northern Ireland Working parents

A childcare tax break is to be expanded, with working parents in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK set to receive more money for longer than previously planned. The... Read more

Compensation for NI police offers to total £750m

By Gillian Crotty The amount of compensation to be paid to Northern Ireland police officers in respect of hearing loss and early retirement could total as much as £750million. There has already... Read more

No middle income tax cuts for NI taxpayers

David Cameron has hinted that ministers will stick to their existing plans which will mean another cut in the 40p threshold, both this year and next, affecting taxpayers in Northern... Read more

Minimum wage to increase by 19p an hour

By Gillian Crotty A million employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are to benefit from a 19p increase to the minimum wage in October of this year. The... Read more

Survey says NI employers expect more redundancies

By Gillian Crotty An employment survey carried out across the UK has suggested that Northern Ireland employers are more likely to make redundancies in the second quarter of this year than... Read more

More Northern Ireland employers recruiting staff

By Gillian Crotty There was an increase in the number of employers in Northern Ireland taking on new staff last month according to the latest Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) produced by... Read more

NIC savings for Northern Ireland employers for 6th April 2014

George Osborne has written to employers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to make sure they know about the new £2,000 Employment Allowance which will be introduced... Read more

Polish employee was discriminated against and unfairly dismissed

By Gillian Crotty An employment tribunal has found that a Polish employee working in Northern Ireland suffered racial and religious discrimination and was unfairly dismissed. Daniel Brzezinski worked for Edgar contracts between... Read more

3 per cent increase in minimum wage recommended

By Gillian Crotty The UK economy is now ready for an above inflation increase in the minimum wage according to the Low Pay Commission, who have recommended to the government that... Read more

Employers guide - How to recruit staff fairly

By Gillian Crotty Many employers in Northern Ireland are contemplating expanding their workforce for the first time in a number of years. If you are going to begin a recruitment process... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment continues to fall

By Gillian Crotty The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland has fallen for a 12th consecutive month, with a 600 drop in benefits claimants to 58,700 in January. Unemployment among 18 to... Read more

How Northern Ireland Employers can avoid HMRC PAYE penalties

Employers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will soon have to make their final PAYE submissions for 2013/14. In order to avoid payroll penalties they need to ensure... Read more

Employers can learn from Policing Board rule rejection

By Gillian Crotty Northern Ireland employers should take note of the developments with regard to the Policing Board's eligibility criteria for a new chief constable. Justice Minister David Ford wanted to remove... Read more

Police officers win age discrimination tribunal claim

By Gillian Crotty The London Central Employment Tribunal has over-ruled a High Court decision that a rule requiring police officers to retire after 30 years of service was lawful. The employment tribunal... Read more

Belfast bus driver wins unfair dismissal case

By Gillian Crotty A Belfast bus driver has won his claim for unfair dismissal case against his employers Translink after they switched him to a cleaning position when he was no... Read more

144 redundancies as NI firm Mivan ceases trading

By Gillian Crotty Two weeks after making 98 employees redundant Northern Ireland construction firm Mivan has ceased trading as no purchaser was forthcoming. When the company was placed into administration earlier in... Read more

Largest drop in 16 yrs takes unemployment rate to 7.1pc

The largest drop in the number of people without a job in the UK since the autumn of 1997 has taken the rate of unemployment to 7.1 per cent -... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment falls for 11th month in a row

By Gillian Crotty A drop of 600 people claiming unemployment benefits in Northern Ireland in December means the rate of unemployment has now fallen for the 11th consecutive month. The statistic adds... Read more

Osborne says economy ready for minimum wage increase

By Gillian Crotty Chancellor George Osborne says the economy in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK has improved sufficiently for an above-inflation increase in the minimum wage to be... Read more

100 employees made redundant at Northern Ireland firm

By Gillian Crotty One third of the employees at construction firm Mivan in Antrim, Northern Ireland, have been told they are being made redundant. While the residential property construction sector has started... Read more

Half of Northern Ireland employers to recruit in 2014

By Gillian Crotty Over half of employers in Northern Ireland are expecting to expand their workforce in 2014 according to the results of a survey carried out by the Chamber of... Read more

UK employers told they need to increase pay

By Gillian Crotty The head of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), John Cridland, has told employers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK that they need to increase... Read more

Employee refuses to sell alcohol because of religion

By Gillian Crotty Employers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are taking particular note of the case of a Muslim employee of Marks & Spencer (M&S) who refused... Read more

Employment tribunal reveals possible £500k bank theft

By Gillian Crotty An employment tribunal has revealed that an employee of Ulster Bank may have stolen as much as £500,000 from the bank's vault in order to fund his extravagant... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment rate increases

By Gillian Crotty The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland increased despite a reduction in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's allowance in November. The rate of employment is generally measured by... Read more

What employers can learn from sacked chef's twitter revenge

By Gillian Crotty The head chef of a pub who was dismissed for refusing to work on Christmas Day took his revenge on employers by posting messages from the venue's official... Read more

Staying out of trouble at the office Christmas party

By Gillian Crotty The office Christmas party has now become another tradition in the holiday period and most employers now make a point of organising a night for employees, either in... Read more

TV personality loses age discrimination case

By Gillian Crotty Former horse racing pundit John McCririck has lost his claim of age discrimination against his former employees, and criticised the tribunal's decision as "an historic setback for all... Read more

Further decline in Northern Ireland unemployment

By Gillian Crotty The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland has fallen for the ninth consecutive month, with the number of people claiming benefit now standing at 61,000. The overall UK rate... Read more

NI employees face sixth year of real wage value drop

By Gillian Crotty A new report suggests that the real value of wages of Northern Ireland employees will drop for a sixth year, with separate research suggesting that 26 per cent... Read more

Review of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace

By Gillian Crotty A review of discrimination suffered by pregnant employees is being launched by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Head of EHRC, Mark Hammond, says pregnancy discrimination in the... Read more

Civil service employee sick days increased last year

By Gillian Crotty There was an increase in the number of sick days taken by civil service employees last year, the first in three years, with workers missing on average 10.6... Read more

Unfair dismissal compensation 'reward for failure'

By Gillian Crotty The six-figure unfair dismissal payout to Sharon Shoesmith, former head of Haringey children's services, has come under criticism as "rewarding failure". Sharon Shoesmith was the head of Haringey children's... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment continues to fall

By Gillian Crotty The number of unemployed people in Northern Ireland continued to fall in September, making it the eighth consecutive month of positive news for the local economy. There were 600... Read more

TV presenter's age discrimination tribunal begins

By Gillian Crotty The employment tribunal hearing in respect of former Channel 4 racing pundit John McCririck's claim of age discrimination has begun. The 73-year-old horse racing pundit was dropped from Channel... Read more

Employment - Staying out of trouble on Facebook

The pitfalls of social media sites By Gillian Crotty I can't quite remember when the streets around where I live used to be nothing but fields, but I can remember when Facebook... Read more

Company sacks fourth employee over Facebook comments

By Gillian Crotty Student Loans Company (SLC) has dismissed it's fourth employee as a result of inappropriate comments posted on Facebook, illustrating the growing problem facing employers of staff who use... Read more

Homeowners watch unemployment rate drop

By Christine Farrell It is for all intents and purposes a good news story - the rate of unemployment in the UK dropped between May and July from 7.8 per cent... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment falls again

By Gillian Crotty The wave of economic recovery in Northern Ireland continues with the announcement that the rate of unemployment is continuing to fall. August was the seventh month in a row... Read more

Calls for legal right to bereavement leave for parents

By Gillian Crotty An MP has called for an automatic legal right to bereavement leave to be introduced for parents who lose a child, saying that not all employers are meeting... Read more

Nurse gets 6 month ban over Facebook messages

By Gillian Crotty Yet another employee has found themselves in hot water as a result of comments made on Facebook. Allison Hopton, a children's hospice nurse, posted comments on Facebook which... Read more

Employee sacked before first day over Facebook comments

By Gillian Crotty A man who was recruited as a call centre employee for his local authority was sacked before he even had the chance to turn up for his first... Read more

Footballer was drink-driving while his team played

By Neil Logan Stephane Sessegnon, a 29-year-old footballer with Premier League team Sunderland has been charged with drink driving. Mr Sessegnon, who is from Benin, is not the first foreign professional footballer... Read more

50000 women lose job while on maternity leave each year

By Gillian Crotty The Labour party says that 50,000 women in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK lose their job while on maternity leave each year, and have criticised... Read more

Belfast employer to pay compensation for degrading treatment

By Gillian Crotty A Belfast restaurant owner has been ordered to pay compensation to two employees for what a Tribunal labelled humiliating and degrading treatment of two of his employees. Bryan West,... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment continues to fall

By Gillian Crotty The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland fell again last month, and is now below the UK average of 7.8 per cent. For the sixth month in a row... Read more

Employers encouraged to hire more UK workers

By Gillian Crotty Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant is calling on employers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to focus on employing local people. In particular he singled out... Read more

140 Northern Ireland M&S employees face redundancy

By Gillian Crotty Marks & Spencers are to close their distribution centre in Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland, with 140 employees at risk of redundancy. Distribution, which is run for M&S by distribution... Read more

NI employee suffered religious discrimination

An employment tribunal has found in favour of a Northern Ireland man who claimed he was discriminated in the workplace on the grounds of religious belief. Gavin Connolly, aged 30, worked... Read more

Employee unfairly dismissed over Facebook comments

An Employment Tribunal has found in favour of an employee who was dismissed for posting negative comments about the company he worked for on Facebook, and ruled that he had... Read more

Campaign to help disabled people find employment

The UK government has launched a campaign to encourage employers to hire more disabled workers. Unveiled at a disability employment conference the campaign is challenging employers to "recognise the talents that... Read more

Biggest drop in NI unemployment in 11 years

The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland has experienced the biggest monthly drop in 11 years. In June the number of people in Northern Ireland claiming unemployment benefits dropped by 800,... Read more

Female council staff win equal pay case

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of female council staff who have been involved in a seven-year battle for equal pay. The equal pay claims were brought on behalf of... Read more

150 redundancies at NI construction company

Around 150 employees of Northern Ireland construction company Mel Davison Construction have been made redundant according to a union. The redundancies sparked a protest at the company's west Belfast site, with... Read more

Northern Ireland rate of unemployment still falling

The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland is continuing to fall, albeit at a fairly slow rate. There were 200 fewer people claiming benefits during May, and the rate of unemployment... Read more

NI woman discriminated against after miscarriages

A woman who worked for a company in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has won her claim of discrimination on the grounds of time she took off work after two miscarriages. Linzi Close... Read more

Consultation on maternity leave launches in NI

The employment minister for Northern Ireland, Stephen Farry, is launching a consultation on whether a scheme being introduced in the rest of the UK improving childcare flexibility should also be... Read more

More female employees needed in UK

An increase in the number of female employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK so that they are on a par with male employees would cause significant... Read more

Blackmailing employees unfairly dismissed

Two nursery workers have won their claim for unfair dismissal by their employers, but will receive zero compensation because they sent blackmailing texts to their employer. Sharon Ingham and Sharon Sadler... Read more

Increased employee fear of redundancy or pay cuts

A new Skills and Employment survey has revealed that pressure and job insecurity among employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK is at a 20 year high,... Read more

Pregnant trainee solicitor wins discrimination case

A trainee solicitor with a top city law firm has won her case for discrimination on the basis that she was denied a permanent job after she became pregnant. The employment... Read more

Northern Ireland rate of unemployment decreases

The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland fell slightly in the month of April, now standing at 8.1 per cent. There were 200 less unemployed people compared to the month of... Read more

Survey highlights cost of poor hiring decisions

A new study reveals the cost to a company of hiring an employee that turns out not to be a good fit for the position they are hired for. The CareerBuilder... Read more

Judge says employee was 'ruthlessly dismissed'

A former manager of a charity been successful in her claim for unfair dismissal after the judge held that her employers had let her go "ruthlessly" and without following any... Read more

58 redundancies as NI Xtra-vision stores close

It has been confirmed that 58 employees of the Xtra-vision chain in Northern Ireland will be made redundant, after the decision was taken to close 11 of the 42 stores... Read more

Employee fraud puts colleagues at risk of redundancy

Employees at Careerlink Ltd in Walsall are looking at a real possibility of redundancy after a member of the payroll department, Gemma Freeman, spent £136,000 on a luxury lifestyle. The Crown... Read more

Outsourced staff win unfair dismissal claim

An unfair dismissal case brought by six former council workers should serve as a cautionary note to any employers contemplating a staff reshuffle or company relocation. The six former Barnet Council... Read more

NI public sector sick days highest of the UK

The number of sick days taken by public sector employees in Northern Ireland continues to be higher than the rest of the UK, though the level of illness related absenteeism... Read more

NI woman wins sexual harassment compensation

Noeleen McAleenon, a former employee of Autism Initiatives NI in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has successfully made a constructive dismissal claim against her employers based on sexual harassment by a fellow... Read more

Accident that resulted in lost arm was preventable

A work accident that resulted in an employee of a recycling company losing his arm has been described as "easily preventable" by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector. In March... Read more

Increase in Northern Ireland unemployment

There was a slight increase in unemployment in Northern Ireland in March, taking the total rate up by 1.5 per cent to 8.4 per cent while the rest of the... Read more

Tribunal finds teacher Facebook dismissal unfair

Content on social media sites is increasingly being cited by employers in the dismissal of employees, and while the majority reported in the media recently have involved successful cases against... Read more

1 in 3 company cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving employees driving as part of their work are the biggest cause of accidental deaths in the 'workplace', and employers are being urged to do more to... Read more

NI rate of unemployment at 15 year high

The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland has reached its highest level since the first quarter of 1998, rising by 0.7% over the last quarter. There is some variation in the... Read more

How the 2013 budget benefits Northern Ireland

Now that Chancellor George Osborne has delivered the government's 2013 Budget the analysis and commentary on who wins and who loses begins. In Northern Ireland in particular, quite a large... Read more

Council pays £800k in work accident claims

It has been revealed that East Sussex County Council has paid out £800,000 worth of compensation to employees over the last five years, including some rather bizarre injuries. Some of the... Read more

Sick leave employee sacked over 'heroic video'

A video of Welshman Paul Marshallsea preventing a shark from reaching a group of children playing in the sea in Australia earned him praise from lifeguards, and was viewed all... Read more

Female graduates paid much less than males

A new report suggests that female university graduates continue to be paid significantly less than their male counterparts who studied the same subjects. The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (Hescu) analysed... Read more

Apprentice winner claims constructive dismissal

The winner of the BBC program The Apprentice in 2010, Stella English, is claiming constructive dismissal at an Employment Tribunal, saying she had no real role at the firm. She told... Read more

Kebab shop employee wins unfair dismissal case

Employers should take note of an unfair dismissal case involving an employee of a Dundee kebab shop worker. John Porter, aged 49, was successful in his claim of unfair dismissal, after... Read more

Third of NI benefit claimants deemed fit to work

New figures have revealed that a re-assessment of 80,000 people receiving incapacity benefits in Northern Ireland has resulted in almost a third being deemed fit to work, and switched over... Read more

Unemployment and divorce factors behind debt

Debt charity StepChange say that two of the factors behind the debt problems of the callers who contact them are unemployment and divorce. Of the just over 22,000 calls from adults... Read more

NI unemployment rate on a par with rest of UK

A slight increase in the rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland, and a 0.8% decrease in the rest of the UK means that the province is now on a par... Read more

NI BBC employees strike over redundancies

Employees of the BBC in Northern Ireland have completed a 24-hour strike opposing compulsory redundancies at the corporation. The pickets outside the Broadcasting House in Belfast included popular radio personalities and... Read more

Teacher claims unfair dismissal over asbestos complaint

Teacher Kike Gbinigie is bringing a claim for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination against Birmingham City Council, as she claims she was sacked from her job after complaining about asbestos... Read more

Unfair dismissal over political beliefs rule change

A European court ruling has found in favour of a man who was sacked from his job as a bus driver because he was a BNP member, even though he... Read more

Compensation win for 'humiliating' suspension

Fiona McGeady, a lecturer at the North West Regional College in Londonderry, has won £7,500 compensation after a Fair Employment Tribunal found that she was suspended without good reason, and... Read more

Northern Ireland HMV employees face redundancy

A total of 109 HMV employees in Northern Ireland are facing redundancy after it was announced that nine stores will be closed. The closures in Northern Ireland form part of a... Read more

Slight drop in Northern Ireland unemployment

There was a slight fall in the rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland in the last quarter of 2012, though the number of people claiming unemployment benefits increased by 500... Read more

NI employers call for obesity to be tackled

Employers in Northern Ireland have sent out a message to the government to target obesity at the workplace, saying the problem costs the economy £370million a year. Over half (59%) of... Read more

HMRC tells employers to prepare for PAYE changes

Employers in Northern Ireland are being advised not to leave it too late to make the necessary changes in order to be able to comply with new Pay As You... Read more

NI Jessops employees to be made redundant

All employees of Jessops stores in Northern Ireland will be made redundant as it was confirmed that all 187 stores in the UK are to be closed. Attempts to rescue the... Read more

Work drivers take more risks on the road

New research suggests that people who drive as part of their work take more risks on the road than those driving as part of their day-to-day private life. The survey by... Read more

7 DVLA employees suspended over Facebook comments

The suspension of seven employees at the DVLA head office in Swansea over "inappropriate" comments made on Facebook should act as a caution for all people who use social media... Read more

New Years resolutions more finance orientated

The past couple of years have seen a change to the most popular New Years resolutions made by people in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. While dieting, exercise... Read more

Increasing pressure on employers to pay living wage

Employers and employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK have increasingly heard more about the living wage in the media, a rate of pay that remains optional,... Read more

Gardener loses lawn-mowing compensation claim

A man has lost his bid for compensation for noise induced deafness, which he claims resulted from years of using lawnmowers, chainsaws and other noisy tools while working as a... Read more

NI delay on redundancy changes affects UK firms

The lowering of the minimum consultation period before large scale redundancies can take place from 90 to 45 days is due to take effect in April next year in all... Read more

NI woman settles flexible working case

An employee who was denied flexible working by her employer upon her return from maternity leave has settled her claim outside of court for £15,000. Catherine McCaul, aged 36, was employed... Read more

Plans to halve redundancy talks period

The government is planning to halve the consultation period required by companies before they can implement large-scale redundancies. Currently companies are required to undergo a 90 days consultation period. Employment Relations... Read more

More people living to 100 alters inheritance plans

A new report by the Office for National Statistics shows that more people in England and Wales are living beyond 100 years, raising more questions on the affect of an... Read more

Small drop in Northern Ireland unemployment

Unemployment in Northern Ireland dropped slightly last month, though there was an increase in the number of people signing up for unemployment benefit. An additional 500 people joined the dole queue... Read more

NI Civil service sick days cost £28.6million

Employees of the Northern Ireland Civil Service took on average 10.1 sick days, down from last years average of 10.7, but over its own targets. The sick days are estimated to... Read more

NI unemployment increases despite UK wide fall

Unemployment in Northern Ireland continued to increase in the third quarter of this year, despite the overall UK levels reaching their lowest for over a year. Across the UK unemployment fell... Read more

October NI business decline results in redundancies

New figures compiled by Ulster Bank reveal that Northern Ireland business levels dropped to their lowest rate in seven months during October. For the ten month in a row, most companies... Read more

Council to pay £757m equal pay compensation

Following a Supreme Court victory for 174 employees last month, Birmingham City Council has confirmed that it is likely to pay £757million in compensation in respect of equal pay claims. The... Read more

NI nurse wins unfair dismissal compensation

A nurse has won her unfair dismissal claim against her former north Belfast nursing home employers and has been awarded £57,090 in compensation. Ann Porter helped a patient take a photograph... Read more

Salary increases at a faster rate for top earners

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that top earning employees have seen a much faster rate of increase in their salaries compared to the lowest... Read more

Pay gap between men and women could increase

Pay equality campaign group 'The Fawcett Society' has warned that the gender pay gap among employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK is likely to get worse... Read more

Employee who faked cancer loses unfair dismissal claim

A man who presented fake letters saying he had testicular cancer to his charity employers in order to get time off work has lost his claim for unfair dismissal, and... Read more

Miliband pledges to up pressure for living wage

Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to increase the number of people in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK that receive the living wage. The living wage is an... Read more

Employers note - Minimum wage and living wage

A new report by KPMG is making the headlines by suggesting that 20 per cent of employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are not paid the... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment increases

The number of unemployed people in Northern Ireland rose to 70,000 last month according to official figures. The number of people claiming unemployment benefits over the last year has increased by... Read more

Nurse who won unfair dismissal case sacked again

Dr Sarina Saiger, who won a £115,000 unfair dismissal compensation claim against her previous employers has been sacked again, after just two and a half weeks with her new employer. In... Read more

Minimum wage changes come into force

Employers in Northern Ireland should take note of the changes to the minimum wage which take effect today. The minimum wage for employees aged under 21 remains unchanged at £4.98 an... Read more

NI employees consider redundancy packages

Employees of FG Wilson in Northern Ireland have been told they can apply for redundancy packages before a deadline date at the end of October. The company plans to make up... Read more

Increase in Northern Ireland unemployment

The latest employment figures show an increase in people without jobs in Northern Ireland for the three month period ending in July. The increase means that the Northern Ireland unemployment rate... Read more

Employers favour cut in NI contributions

A new survey has revealed that Employers would most prefer to see a cut in the rate of employer National Insurance contributions (NIC) over any other tax relief. Of those polled... Read more

Increase in Northern Ireland unemployment

Unemployment in Northern Ireland increased in the second quarter of this year, though still remains below the overall UK average of 8%. The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland now stands... Read more

Overstaffed employers consider redundancies

A new report suggests that a third of private sector employers are currently overstaffed, having chosen to hold on to employees with special skills despite declining business activity. It is common... Read more

NI disabled woman wins discrimination claim

Northern Ireland woman Margaret Mary O'Neill, aged 31, has been awarded compensation by a tribunal that found that her employer had discriminated against her because of her disability. Ms O'Neill suffers... Read more

11,000 Northern Ireland jobs lost in 2 yrs

Nearly 11,000 jobs in Northern Ireland have been lost over the last 2 years according to a new report, with employers making redundancies or choosing not to fill posts that... Read more

Record job applicants for NI Asda store

A new Asda store in Portadown, Northern Ireland, was the subject of a record number of job applicants for the company, with 11,000 people applying for 450 jobs. The store manager... Read more

NI Employers flooded with job applications

Unemployment in Northern Ireland increased slightly again last month, with a further 400 people added to the jobless list. As a result of the continuing rise in unemployment, employers throughout Northern... Read more

Employees turn to loans as salaries fall short

A survey of Unite union members has revealed that 82% of employees are having to use loans to get through to the end of the month as their salaries are... Read more

NI Corporation tax cut would create 58000 jobs

In the week that it was confirmed that unemployment in Northern Ireland had increased despite falling in the UK overall, a research paper commissioned by the Department for Employment and... Read more

First UK doctors strike in 40 years

Northern Ireland doctors are joining their UK counterparts in strike action at midnight. The 24 hour strike is the first by doctors in nearly 40 years, and will last for... Read more

Murphy refutes NI Water tribunal verdict

Conor Murphy has rejected the findings of the industrial tribunal reviewing the appointment of Sean Hogan as chairman of Northern Ireland Water. The tribunal was particularly critical of Mr Murphy,... Read more

EU ruling on employee sickness while on leave

The European Court of Justice has ruled that employees who take ill while already off work on annual leave will be entitled to corresponding paid leave. The decision is binding with... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment increases

Unemployment in Northern Ireland rose by 0.6% to 7.1% between February and April according to the Labour Force Survey, despite the remainder of the UK experiencing a fall in unemployment. The... Read more

More employees to work beyond retirement

Research by insurance company Saga suggests that 27% of employees aged over 50 are planning to work beyond the retirement age of 65. The research is based on the retirement date... Read more

UK employers recruiting with caution

Northern Ireland and other UK employers are still continuing to recruit according to a new report, but are doing so with much more caution and at a much slower rate. The... Read more

Pregnant teacher wins unfair dismissal case

Rebecca Raven, aged 32, has won her claim of unfair dismissal against the independent girls' school that made her redundant after she found out she was pregnant. The employment tribunal ruled... Read more

Women hold less than a third of senior positions

New research by the BBC suggests that women are currently employed in less than a third of the top jobs across 11 key sectors. On average just 30.9% of influential senior... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment falls

The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland has fallen again, though as with previous months there has been an increase in the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefit. Northern Ireland continues... Read more

Fewer employee sick days in 2011

The number of working days lost to sickness of employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK dropped in 2011, making it 8 consecutive years of a decline... Read more

NI public sector employees in UK strike action

Thousands of public sector employees in Northern Ireland picketed outside civil service places of work protesting against proposed pension cuts. There has been strike action throughout the UK, and is due... Read more

County Antrim company loses unfair dismissal claim

Randox Laboratories, based in County Antrim, has been ordered to pay £70,000 to its' former international business manager, Harry Harrison, for unfair dismissal. The tribunal found that the company had tried... Read more

Solicitor forced to retire at age of 65

The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of a solicitor who was forced to retire from his firm at the age of 65. The government recently abolished the compulsory... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment rate unchanged

There was no change to the rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland in the period beginning December 2011 and ending in February 2012, according to the recent labour force survey. As... Read more

Belfast BMI employees warned of redundancies

BMI employees at the George Best Belfast city airport have met with the new owners of the company, British Airways, to hear about possible redundancies to be made among the... Read more

Unfair dismissal changes will put 2.7m GB jobs at risk

The TUC say that 2.7million employees could be put at risk when the qualifying period before workers in England, Scotland and Wales are protected from unfair dismissal is raised from... Read more

£10k for employee dismissed to avoid redundancy pay

An industrial tribunal has ruled that an employee of WDL Developments (NI) and related companies should receive nearly £10,000, after finding that his employers dismissed him in order to avoid... Read more

Belfast employee dismissed for Facebook comments

An employee of a Belfast call centre has been dismissed for making obscene comments about a colleague on Facebook. Daniel Joseph Teggart was employed by TeleTech in Belfast in July 2007,... Read more

Government announces minimum wage increase

It has been announced that the minimum wage for employees in  Northern Ireland and throughout the UK will increase by 11p to £6.19 as of October this year. However, the increase... Read more

Fall in Northern Ireland unemployment

Despite a small rise in the number of unemployment-related benefit claimants in Northern Ireland in the last quarter, the rate of employment has actually fallen by 0.4% compared to the... Read more

Unfair dismissal claim win for autistic employee

Employment tribunal judge John Hollow has condemned an employer who was paying an employee who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and dyslexia less than half the minimum wage because he "thought... Read more

Increase in unpaid overtime worked by older employees

A new report by the TUC says that there has been a large increase in the number of people aged in their late 50s and early 60s working unpaid overtime. Last... Read more

Racial and sexual orientation discrimination case win

Det Con Kevin Maxwell, a gay black police officer aged 33, and with ten years service, has successfully brought a claim of racial and sexual orientation discrimination against his employer,... Read more

Woman sacked for gaining weight claims unfair dismissal

An interesting claim of unfair dismissal will be heard at an employment court in Brazil, after a former WeightWatchers leader was sacked for gaining 3 stone in weight. The employee weighed... Read more

NI unemployment rate below UK average

While the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland increased by 600 to 61,500 in December, the unemployment rate actually fell by 0.1% in the last quarter of... Read more

£617m set aside for public sector redundancies

The government has come under criticism from the Labour party after the Treasury released new figures revealing what they say is an additional £617million allocated for redundancy payments over the... Read more

Bank staff reject voluntary redundancy offer

The finance union, the Irish Bank Officials' Association (IBOA), has rejected the redundancy package offered to Ulster Bank staff as they aim to make the 350 Northern Ireland job cuts... Read more

52 yr old blind man deemed 'fit to work'

A man, who has been registered blind since the age of 16 in 1976, and now aged 52, has been told he is fit to work, and that he will... Read more

Employee stress levels up says report

A new report has been produced by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to compare today's economy and the workplace to those 60 years ago when Queen Elizabeth... Read more

Unemployment to rise as UK returns to recession

New Bank of England research suggests that redundancies in the private services sector will increase drastically as the UK seems to be slipping back into recession. The service sector accounts for... Read more

Slight decrease in NI unemployment rate

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) has revealed a slight fall in the rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland, with a 0.7% drop since last quarter taking it to 6.8% -... Read more

Voluntary redundancy offer for teachers revealed

Education minister for Northern Ireland, John O'Dowd, has confirmed the details of a £167million voluntary redundancy scheme that will be offered to teachers from April 2011. The offers of voluntary redundancy... Read more

26,000 public sector jobs to go in NI by 2017

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is predicting that 26,000 public sector workers in Northern Ireland will find themselves unemployed by the year 2017 as a result of the... Read more

NI youth unemployment highest in UK

The number of unemployed 18-24 year olds in Northern Ireland has increased by 155% since 2008, and is the highest rate of unemployment in the whole of the UK. Approximately 20%... Read more

£1m compensation in racial unfair dismissal case

One of the largest compensation sums ever has been awarded to former NHS manager Elliot Browne who was found to have been unfairly dismissed and the victim of a campaign... Read more

NI woman wins indirect discrimination claim

Nuala Crilly, aged 47 from Northern Ireland, has won a claim of indirect sex discrimination at the industrial tribunal in Belfast, and has been awarded £11,677 in damages. Ms Crilly had... Read more

Employee wins discrimination case against Belfast restaurant

An employee at a restaurant in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been awarded compensation of over £30,000 after a tribunal found that she had been subjected to racial, sexual and religious... Read more

TUC says charging employees tribunal fees unacceptable

The TUC has said that government proposals to charge employees to bring claims to employment tribunals could "effectively prevent the poorest and most vulnerable workers from ever being able to... Read more

Increase in NI unemployment benefit claims

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits increased by 300 in the month of November despite figures from the Labour Force Survey suggesting that unemployment has actually fallen in the... Read more

Thousands of strikers march to Belfast City Hall

Trade Union leaders have said that the strike by public sector workers in Northern Ireland, and throughout the UK, is the biggest since 1979, and estimate that 100,000 employees took... Read more

Strike could cost NI economy £500m

Strike action beginning on Wednesday, involving teachers and other public sector workers, could cost the Northern Ireland economy £500m as a result of disruption caused. The strike was called in response... Read more

Consultation on proposed dismissal rule changes

The government has announced a consultation on potential changes to employment legislation. They say the changes are designed to help companies take on new employees without raising concerns of job... Read more

NI wages growing fastest but still lowest in the UK

Private sector employee salaries in Northern Ireland saw the largest increase over the year of all the UK, however salaries in the region still remain among the lowest in the... Read more

Government considers scrapping unfair dismissal rules

The coalition government is seemingly involved in an internal row over a leaked proposal to do away with unfair dismissal rules.  An unpublished document commissioned by Steve Hilton, the director... Read more

Report predicts employment market to worsen

The quarterly survey produced by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) predicts that the job market in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will get worse,... Read more

500 prison staff offered voluntary redundancies

A redundancy scheme involving over 500 Northern Ireland prison officers and a total cost of £60million has been announced by the Prison Service. It is hoped that prison officers over the... Read more

Nipsa union members vote to strike

Members of the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (Nipsa) have voted to take strike action on 30th November, after two-thirds of the 43% of members who turned out voted for... Read more

Northern Ireland public sector loses 4000 jobs

New figures compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers reveal that 4000 jobs have been cut in the Northern Ireland public sector over the last year, but that the extent of the cuts is... Read more

Abolition of the Default Retirement Age - 'The Aftermath'

Following the abolition of the default retirement age earlier this year leading international law firm Norton Rose have carried out a survey among 125 senior HR professionals in to the... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment at 14 yr high

The number of unemployed people in Northern Ireland rose again in the month of September, with an additional 500 people taking the overall total to 60,900 - the highest... Read more

Capita expansion to create 336 Belfast jobs

Employment prospects in Belfast got a small boost yesterday with the announcement by Capita that they are expanding their Northern Ireland workforce with the addition of 336 new jobs over... Read more

Northern Ireland employee's age discrimination case win

A Northern Ireland employee has succeeded in a claim of age discrimination against her former employee, with the tribunal saying she had been dismissed "in the most callous way". Age discrimination... Read more

Graduate unemployment on the increase

A survey of 49,065 university graduates in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK suggests that as many as 28% of graduates from 2007 were still not in full-time... Read more

First prosecution under new Bribery Act

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that a London Magistrates' court employee is the first person to be prosecuted under the new Bribery legislation. Munir Yakub Patel was charged under Section... Read more

NI is region with largest gender pay gap

A study by Chartered Management Institute has revealed that the pay gap between female and male managers in the UK continues to increase, and that Northern Ireland is the region... Read more

NI businesses optimistic for the future

While many businesses in Northern Ireland are currently facing a daily struggle for survival, most it would appear are optimistic about the future of the economy according to research carried... Read more

High earners unaware 50pc tax is actually 66pc

Centre for Policy Studies think-tank says high earners are unaware of the actual amount of income tax they are paying each month, revealing that the top-end 50 per cent tax... Read more

Nearly 2 in 10 Northern Ireland shops vacant

A new study by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has revealed that Northern Ireland is the region of the UK with the highest rate of vacancies in retail properties, with... Read more

NI women wins age discrimination compensation

Anna Stirrup from Cookstown in Northern Ireland has successfully brought a claim against her former employer for age discrimination, and has been awarded £25,000 in damages. Ms Stirrup had worked at... Read more

Unemployment in Northern Ireland increases

Unemployment figures in Northern Ireland increased in the month of July, with another 600 people reported to have joined the queue for unemployment benefit. That increase takes the total number... Read more

UK firms plan more redundancies

A new survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) reveals that there are more employers planning redundancies in the third quarter of this year than there are... Read more

Tower of London governor loses unfair dismissal claim

Former Tower of London governor, Maj Gen Keith Cima, has lost his claim for unfair dismissal after a London employment tribunal held that he was rightly removed from his position... Read more

Women suffer worse during redundancies

A new report by think tank IPPR suggests that women fare worse during redundancies, and in particular find it harder to get back into employment. The report says that one in... Read more

New figures show need for rethink on retirement

New figures released by the Department for Works and Pensions show an increased life expectancy for the current generation of 20-year-old and unders. The figures are based on Office for... Read more

'Women will never be equal at work'

Hilary Devey, successful business woman and the latest addition to the panel on the tv programme 'Dragon's Den', says men and women will never be equal in the workplace, and... Read more

One in three workers confess to faking illness

A new survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) seems to suggest that one in three employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK has feigned illness in order to take... Read more

NI working women back to 1950s inequality

A new report by the Women's Resource and Development Agency (WRDA) has said inequality in the workplace in Northern Ireland is being made worse by recent developments, with Lyn Carvill... Read more

Commons votes to increase women's pension age

The House of Commons yesterday voted to raise the state pension age of women, with MPs voting 302 in favour of a second reading of the Pensions Bill, while 232... Read more

Commons debate whether woman should work longer

The House of Commons will today debate government proposals for woman to work longer before being eligible to collect a state pension. Women are currently entitled to receive their pension... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment continues to rise

The number of unemployment benefit claimants in Northern Ireland increased in May with another 400 people joining the dole queue, taking the total figure up to 59,500. Unemployment in the... Read more

New government work scheme to deliver 2.4m jobs

The new government work scheme designed to get people off benefits and back to full-time employment is expected to deliver 2.4million jobs in the next five years. The new scheme has... Read more

314 Northern Ireland teachers made redundant

According to figures compiled by the BBC show, 314 teachers in Northern Ireland have been made redundant, with the majority of those said to have chosen to accept voluntary redundancy... Read more

NI tax office staff strike over sickness policy

Northern Ireland employees of the tax office yesterday started a programmed series of walk outs in protest at changes to the sickness policy. On Tuesday, staff left their offices at... Read more

£9k claim award in NI employee discrimination case

An employee of a Laura Ashley store in Northern Ireland has been awarded £9,520 in compensation by the industrial tribunal which found that she had suffered discrimination by her employer... Read more

Finance minister angry at Civil Service sick days

Taxpayers are having to foot a bill for £22.9million for sick days taking by employees of the Civil Service in Northern Ireland. On average 11 sick days are taken a... Read more

Businesses told to consider employment regulation fairly

A new report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), entitled "The economic rights and wrongs of employment regulation", tells employers that they need to consider employment regulation... Read more

NI only UK region with rising unemployment

Unemployment statistics for April show that Northern Ireland is still struggling behind the other regions in the UK, with the number of people without a job on the increase while... Read more

Fathers to get 5.5 months paid maternity leave

The Coalition government will announce today that new fathers are to be given the option to take longer off work, as part of a reform of how paternity leave is... Read more

BA employee dispute close to resolution

Members of the British Airway cabin crew union BASSA will hear tomorrow the details of an offer from the company which Union representatives say they are "content with". If the... Read more

Employee absenteeism costs UK £32billion per year

New statistics released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) show that the average worker in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK takes 10 unscheduled days off work each year, with an... Read more

Three quarters of benefit claimants 'fit to work'

Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that three-quarters of sickness benefit claimants are fit enough to work, or drop their claim before it is processed. Statistics gathered... Read more

Former NI Water director to sue over dismissal

Declan Gormley, one of three former directors of Northern Ireland Water to be dismissed by regional development minister Conor Murphy after an independent report, is to sue the minister and... Read more

Ageism by youth toward older employees revealed

A study carried out by care provider Anchor has revealed what it describes as "casual ageism" by young people towards workers aged over 60, saying they are slower, less productive,... Read more

Unemployment in Northern Ireland at 13-year high

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland reached 59,000 last month, making it the highest rate of unemployment in the province for 13 years. Economists are predicting that... Read more

Court says firm overly protected pregnant employees

Ordinarily an employment tribunal case involving pregnancy and claims of unfairness result from a common problem of women feeling marginalised and discriminated against in the workplace. However, a case against... Read more

Minimum wage increase announced

The government has announced that the minimum wage for adults in the UK will be increased by 15p to £6.08 an hour this October, following recommendations from the independent Low... Read more

'Half a million benefit claimants fit to work'

Employment Minister Chris Grayling has estimated that 500,000 people currently claiming sickness benefits are in fact fit to work, as he gets ready to launch a huge crackdown on abuses... Read more

1,200 NI call centre workers receive job warning

HCL BPO Services (NI) Ltd has sent a letter to all of its staff in its Belfast and Armagh sites in Northern Ireland, advising that they will have to accept... Read more

UK youth go abroad to find work

Over half of 18 to 25-year-olds responded to a poll by saying they are seriously considering moving abroad in order to find work, with Australia being the country most cited... Read more

NI business activity decline slowing down

The rate of decline in business levels in Northern Ireland has fallen at the slowest rate since December 2009, according to the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) published by the Ulster... Read more

Employers want protection against speculative claims

New research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has revealed that the majority of employers (69%) feel they don't have "effective protection .. against wholly unjustifiable [tribunal]... Read more

Barrister wins discrimination claim against PSNI

Dolores Creen, a female barrister who was asked to act on behalf of the PSNI in a public inquiry, has received a £70,000 settlement after she brought a claim of... Read more

Post Office staff vote in favour of strike

Strikes by post office workers could begin by the end of March if scheduled talks with the Royal Mail are unsuccessful after employees voted to go on strike over pay... Read more

Pension age workers doubled in ten years

The number of employees who are at the pensionable age of 65 or over and are continuing to work has doubled in the last decade compared to figures released by... Read more

Victims Commissioner candidate loses discrimination claim

Marie Breen Smyth, a candidate for the role of Victims Commissioner in Northern Ireland has had her claim for unlawful discrimination rejected by an industrial tribunal. Ms Breen Smyth claimed she... Read more

Firms told to double number of women in boardroom

A new report by Lord Davies has warned firms to double the number of women on their boards by 2015, or otherwise face possible government measures. He has urged FTSE 350... Read more

Ringing in the Changes - Flexible Working

Article by Lyn Harris Head of the Employment law department of Wilson Nesbitt The law in Northern Ireland now requires that employers must consider requests from staff to work flexibly.  It is... Read more

PM announces sickness absence review

A new review into sickness absence from work has been announced by Prime Minister David Cameron with a view to seeing how the number of days of work missed and... Read more

NI local council employees told of pay freeze

Approximately 1.4million local council employees throughout Northern Ireland, England and Wales, have been advised that they will not receive a salary increase this year due to a £6.5billion funding gap... Read more

NI increase in unemployment largest in UK

January say the unemployment levels in Northern Ireland increase by a further 600 people, making it the joint largest rise in the whole of the UK. The overall total of... Read more

38 men sacked by e-mail get apology

Thirty eight long-serving warrant officers in the army have received an apology after they received an e-mail advising them they were sacked with one year's notice and that they should... Read more

Redundancies to increase in next few months

A survey carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has revealed that the number of employers intending to make redundancies at their companies is at its... Read more

Northern Ireland firms struggling for survival

The latest purchasing managers index (PMI) published by Ulster Bank shows that business activity in Northern Ireland dropped by a "substantial" amount, and is the only region of the UK... Read more

One in five employees fear redundancy

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has revealed that one in five workers in the private sector fear for their jobs, while the number increases... Read more

Government still considering anti-strike laws

Ahead of a meeting of Union leaders in London to discuss a strategy, which many have warned includes large public sector strikes, the government has said that it has not... Read more

Plans for couples to share maternity leave

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has unveiled his plans to reform the "Edwardian" paternity arrangements currently in place in the UK, including one change which will allow couples to share... Read more

4000 Northern Ireland health service jobs to be lost

Health officials have warned that as many as 4,000 jobs could be cut in the Northern Ireland health service over the next 4 years because of budget cuts. It is expected... Read more

Default retirement age to be phased out

The government has confirmed that the default retirement age (DRA) is to be phased out this year, which means that employers will no longer be able to dismiss employees because... Read more

BBC TV presenter wins ageism claim

Miriam O'Reilly, aged 53, has successfully claimed against her former employers BBC on the grounds of age discrimination. Ms O'Reilly was a host of the BBC show Countryfile before being dropped... Read more

School dinner lady unfairly dismissed

A tribunal has found that dinner lady Carol Hill was unfairly dismissed by Great Tey primary school in Essex over an incident were she reported bullying directly to parents. Ms Hill... Read more

Most small firms don't offer employee pensions

Research by the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) two-thirds of small businesses do not currently offer their employees a pension, and many of those that do are not making sufficient... Read more

4000 health service jobs to go due to budget cuts

Despite the announcement on Wednesday that the Northern Ireland health budget would increase by £326million, Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has agreed with a senior health official's opinion that 4,000 jobs... Read more

First rise in UK unemployment total in 6 months

The overall number of unemployed in the UK has risen for the first time in 6 months over the three month August to October period according to the Office for... Read more

Banker denied promotion wins discrimination claim

Michael Wardle, aged 46, has been awarded £375,000 compensation after a court found that he had been overlooked for promotion on the basis of his nationality. Mr Wardle worked for... Read more

Employers need to take depression seriously

A survey by Mentaline.com has revealed that employers struggle to deal with mental health problems, including depression, among employees, and could find themselves at risk of discrimination claims as a... Read more

Polish employee wins racial and sexual discrimination claim

Polish employee Marzena Urnbanska-Kopowska has won a compensation claim and been awarded the amount of £52,382 after an industrial tribunal found she had suffered both racial and sexual discrimination, as... Read more

Snow costs business £1.2billion a day

The cost of disruption to businesses in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK as a result of the severe winter weather has been estimated at £1.2billion a day... Read more

Pay gap between men and women closes

While a recent report showed that women were still struggling to get important roles in the top FTSE 100 companies, a new report by the Office for National Statistics says... Read more

Seven times as much unemployment among NI youth

New figures published by The Prince's Trust show that long-term unemployment among 16 to 24 year olds in Northern Ireland has increased by more than seven times the level it... Read more

Women struggle to get jobs in top 100 firms

A report by Cranfield School of Management suggests that women are struggling to get important roles in the top FTSE 100 companies in the UK. The figures show that of... Read more

Freezing civil service pay could save £800m

The Finance Committee has been advised by experts that a pay freeze for employees of the Civil Service in Northern Ireland could save as much as £800million, which would make... Read more

Fixed share partners are not employees

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that fixed-share partners cannot be legally defined as employees, in a case that determined whether such partners can make a claim for unfair... Read more

1 in 4 public sector workers fear job loss

A new study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found that 25% of public sector employees fear redundancy as the cuts in public spending start to... Read more

Council absenteeism in NI costs £16million

Northern Ireland council workers missed a combined total of 122,000 work days in 2009-10 at a cost of more than £16million. Nigel Smyth of the business lobby group CBI said... Read more

Job loss concern as result of Irish bailout

Arlene Foster, Enterprise Minister for Northern Ireland, has voiced her concerns that the bailout of the Irish Republic could result in job losses in banks north of the border. She advised... Read more

Job loss concern as result of Irish bailout

Arlene Foster, Enterprise Minister for Northern Ireland, has voiced her concerns that the bailout of the Irish Republic could result in job losses in banks north of the border. She advised... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment increases in October

Unemployment in Northern Ireland rose in October taking the total number of claimants of benefit to 58,600; an increase of 400 since September, which was the highest monthly rise of... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployment increases in October

Unemployment in Northern Ireland rose in October taking the total number of claimants of benefit to 58,600; an increase of 400 since September, which was the highest monthly rise of... Read more

3 years unemployment benefits lost if work refused

The government has announced tough new sanctions today to deal with unemployed people claiming benefits that refuse to take up offers of work. The new penalty will result in the... Read more

Older employees more likely to escape redundancy

Statistics released by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) show that older employees have been more likely to hold on to their jobs during a redundancy... Read more

3 years unemployment benefits lost if work refused

The government has announced tough new sanctions today to deal with unemployed people claiming benefits that refuse to take up offers of work. The new penalty will result in the... Read more

Older employees more likely to escape redundancy

Statistics released by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) show that older employees have been more likely to hold on to their jobs during a redundancy... Read more

Unpaid labour to be forced on long-term unemployed

An announcement is expected this week from Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith that will unveil government plans to require long-term unemployed to do unpaid manual labour; with a... Read more

Council makes employees clock out to smoke

In a move that has already sparked spirited debate, Breckland Council in Norfolk has introduced an employment policy that all workers who want to smoke during work have to... Read more

Government backs compulsory company pensions

The government has agreed to the principle of automatic enrolment of employees in company pension schemes that was created in the 2008 Pensions Act. As such, from September 2016 all... Read more

Time off from work due to stress increases

The amount of time taken off work by employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK has increased over the last year according to research carried out by... Read more

Women the real losers after retirement age changes

Increasing the pension age to 66, from 60 for women, and 65 for men, will save the government £43billion in state pension and other senior benefits according to official documents.... Read more

High Court intervenes to halt Tyrone factory strike

An injunction has been granted by the High Court to stop a strike at Omagh Meats factory in Country Tyrone which would have seen 150 employees walk out of the... Read more

EU MPs back extended maternity leave law

A draft law proposing an extension of the minimum maternity leave with full pay in the EU from 14 weeks to 20 weeks has been passed by Euro MPs. One... Read more

Employers set to lift pay and recruitment freezes

A survey by CBS and Harvey Nash, entitled Gearing up for Growth, suggests that employers in the UK will have largely stopped the practice of freezing pay and staff levels... Read more

Spending cuts will result in 36,000 NI jobs loss

A new report by PricewaterCooper (PWC) suggests that reduced public spending as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) could result in the loss of 36,000 jobs in Northern... Read more

NI needs to grow private sector says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has pledged to re-examine the spending cuts proposed in Northern Ireland after talks with the first and deputy first ministers this week. He said he... Read more

Over-50s apprenticeships increase dramatically

Age UK and The Age Employment Network have advised that the number of apprenticeships being taken up by people aged 50 and over has doubled over a period of two... Read more

Losing competent employees costs businesses £42bn a year

New research carried out by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) has revealed that the combined cost of lost skills and productivity as well replacing and training new recruits after a competent member... Read more

Chancellor announces cap on total benefits per family

Chancellor George Osborne has told the Conservative conference that a ceiling limit will be introduced on the amount of benefits that can be claimed by one family in his efforts... Read more

Belfast given jobs boost by international HR company

Mercer Ltd designs, one of the world's leading human resources consultancy companies has confirmed that it will be expanding its current workforce of 55 people in Clarendon Road, Belfast with... Read more

Government to defy Employer warnings over flexible working

The Government has confirmed its intention to press ahead with universal flexible working for all employees, despite warnings from big businesses that the move was a mistake that would only... Read more

Rise in demand for back-to-work schemes

Demand for places on back-to-work schemes has risen significantly as more people in Northern Ireland come to terms with life after redundancy. The schemes are generally designed to find suitable... Read more

Automatic pensions enrolment costs concern small firms

A survey by the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) has revealed a high level of concern among small firms at the significant impact on their costs as a result of... Read more

60 per cent of wealthy people to shun retirement

The impending removal of the compulsory age of retirement in October 2011, and a UK wide pension deficit problem has changed the way people view their working careers, to the... Read more

UK Employers not prepared for ageing workforce

By 2020 a third of all UK workers will be aged 50 or over and a recent survey suggests that employers are not ready for the implications of having an... Read more

Minimum wage changes from 1st Oct 2010

From 1st October 2010 the minimum wage rates will change at a cost of an extra £48million to employers, and affecting an estimated 1million workers.  Below are the changes all... Read more

August increase in NI unemployment

Despite falling in the other regions of the UK the number of unemployment benefit claimants in Northern Ireland is still increasing, with a jump of 900 registered unemployed in the... Read more

Employers plan to cut staff in next 3 months

A survey by recruitment company Manpower has shown that Northern Ireland employers continue to buck the trend of the other UK countries, whose job markets are improving swiftly, by planning... Read more

Redundant workers win back pay award

Approximately 60 workers who were made redundant from Belfast Electrical contractors J&G Engineering in January have won an award of 90 days' back pay after their case was heard by... Read more

Belfast Company director wins wrongful dismissal case

Andrew McAllister, former company director of Belfast firm Greenhills Security Products, has won his case for wrongful dismissal against his former employers. He has been awarded £68,000 for breach of... Read more

Unfair dismissal case win against Belfast firm

  Emma McGuigan, previously a manager at a Belfast firm of accountants, has won her case for unfair dismissal against her former employers with an award of £24,634. Ms McGuigan... Read more

57 year wait until females have equal pay

A study by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) concludes that at the current rate of salary increases female managers will have to wait another 57 years before their salaries are... Read more

Banker wins sex discrimination case

An employment law tribunal has resulted in success for Oksana Denysenko, a vice president at Credit Suisse who found herself made redundancy shortly after returning from maternity leave. Ms Denysenko... Read more

Airport strikes averted as BAA and Union agree deal

A major disruption to major UK airports has been averted in would have been another damaging below for the air travel industry of late. Ground staff at airports throughout the... Read more

Lack of Job satisfaction lowering UK employee morale

Research by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has revealed a staggeringly large percentage of the working population of UK are not satisfied with their work and would like... Read more

50 per cent rise in redundancies predicted

The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) has predicted that there will be  50% increase in redundancies over the next 3 months in its' quarterly publication 'Labour Market Outlook'... Read more

Impact of recession on Northern Ireland salaries

A survey on the impact of the recession on salaries and jobs in Northern Ireland by a recruitment agency in Belfast has shown that virtually every sector in the region... Read more

Government asked to consider a ban on strikes

The Government has been urged to consider banning strikes by workers involved in the supply of essential services. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) made the recommendation as... Read more

Employee worktime spent on social media sites costs UK

British businesses are being cost billions of pounds in lost productivity due to employees spending significant portions of their work time on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. A... Read more

FSB calls for maternity and paternity leave reform

The Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) has released a 'flexible working' report with its recommendations to the Government for improvements to childcare and maternity leave. The FSB says reform is... Read more

Man sent back to work days after brain surgery

The government led effort to return employees on sick leave back to work, and to get people off benefits, seems to have gotten a little over zealous as one man... Read more

Fixed retirement age scrapped by end of 2011

A government consultation proposal could pave the way for the fixed retirement age of 65 to be scrapped by October 2011. Current legislation allows employers to force employees to retire... Read more

Flexible working option improves staff retention

A survey by recruitment firm Hays found that almost all employees took the option of flexible working into account when choosing a job, saying they felt improved their work-life balance.... Read more

Continued rise in unemployment in Northern Ireland

Statistics from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment have revealed that unemployment in Northern Ireland has risen to 56,100; an increase of 600 on the previous month. A leading... Read more

One in five staff admit feigning illness

A poll by Aon Consulting claims that one in five UK workers feigned illness the last time they took a day off work as sick leave. And it is estimated... Read more

Pension age may increase to 68 sooner than thought

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has suggested that more workers are likely to have to wait until the age of 68 before they can claim their state pension,... Read more

Quarter of public sector workers would take pay cut

Research by Totaljobs.com indicates that a quarter of public sector workers in Northern Ireland the rest of the UK would be willing to take a pay cut if it meant... Read more

56 per cent increase in Employment tribunals

For the first time Tribunal services activity has been published as Official Statistics, with regular annual reports proposed hereafter. The figures covering the period from 1st April 2009 to 31st... Read more

Paternity leave benefits expanded

New legislation approved shortly before the change in Government will significantly expand the paternity leave given to employees. Paternity leave is currently limited to two weeks of leave with statutory payment... Read more

Leaked Treasury docs predict 1.3m rise in unemployment

Leaked documents of a "secret Treasury analysis" suggest that the Budget could result in the loss of as many as 1.3million jobs in the UK. According to a report, the... Read more

Unemployed people to relocate to find jobs

The government is considering offering incentives to unemployed people living in council homes to move to areas where jobs are more readily available. In a statement today, Work and pensions... Read more

Unfair dismissal award for worker who swore at boss

Keith Bodman, a shop steward, has received compensation for unfair dismissal from Yuasa Battery (UK) Limited after he was dismissed for swearing at this boss. The incident happened in August 2009... Read more

Government to remove default retirement age

The Government seems set to get rid of the default retirement age which currently allows employers to get rid of employees once they reach the age of 65. The move... Read more

Government rejects call for strike law reform

In the wake of several high profile strikes that caused huge financial loss to the British economy, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) had called for the government to change... Read more

Hourly minimum wage to go up by 13p in October

In October 2010 the adult minimum hourly wage will rise by 2% to £5.93. The increase falls short of the retail price index measure of inflation which is often used... Read more

BT asks Union to postpone strike ballot

The CWU trade union made the unconventional move to advise the media that they were willing to compromise on a pay rise of less than 5% despite BT saying that... Read more

Rise in Northern Ireland unemployment rate

Northern Ireland was the only part of the UK to experience an increase in the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in May. The number rose by 100 compared to... Read more

RAF officer wins pregnancy discrimination case

A tribunal has ruled that a serving Royal Air Force officer, who has declined to be named, was discriminated against by her superiors because of her pregnancy, and was awarded... Read more

Northern Ireland employers advise of more job cuts

An employment survey conducted by recruitment firm Manpower has revealed that more Northern Ireland employers are intending to cut staff rather than hiring new people. It is the second quarter... Read more

Sick days decrease but still cost UK ?16.8billion

According to a CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey the number of sick days taken by workers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK decreased last year... Read more

Employees prefer flexible working over bonuses

A new PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) survey has revealed that employees in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK value flexible working arrangements more than material perks from their Employers such... Read more

Increasing need for qualifications to gain employment

  Northern Ireland's Employment and Learning Minister, Sir Reginald Empey, has warned of the increasingly important role of qualifications when it comes to job selection, and suggests that nearly all jobs... Read more

900 staff at Quinn Insurance take voluntary redundancy

Quinn Insurance have confirmed that over 900 of its staff has offered to take voluntary redundancy after they were told by administrators that the workforce was to be significantly reduced. The... Read more

Goverment set to offer flexible working for all

The Queen's speech and the coalition programme have mentioned plans that could pave the way to flexible working being made available to all employees, as they talked of the need... Read more

Businesses fear impact of 'World Cup sickies'

Research carried out by food firm Kellogg's confirms fears of employers throughout Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK about the impact of the World Cup on employee attendance. Over... Read more

Stress from credit crunch effects 1 in 10 workers

Results of a survey carried out by mental health charity 'Mind' show a significant increase in work related stress as a result of the economic downturn, as workers endure longer... Read more

Northern Ireland only area in UK still losing jobs

A study for Ulster Bank has revealed that Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK to still be losing jobs in the business sector. While mainland UK has... Read more

Northern Ireland PWC partner sues for disability discrimination

Colin Tenner, a former equity partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in Northern Ireland, will take his claim of compensation for disability discrimination to the employment tribunal this week. Mr Tenner was made... Read more

Work hours are up but only 2 in 5 people are paid overtime

A survey of 2,000 adults conducted by Santander has showed that the average employee is now working a 41-hour week for an annual wage of £27,150. One in seven of those... Read more

Royal mail dispute ends as workers accept new agreement

The long-running dispute between postal workers and the Royal Mail has come to an end as workers backed a proposed agreement offering various improvements to pay and job security. The... Read more

Female Council staff win pay discrimination case

Approximately 5,000 staff of Birmingham council, almost all women, have won their case for equal pay at an employment tribunal. It is estimated that the workers are owed back pay... Read more

12 applicants for every UK job

New research by recruitment website totaljobs.com says that the number of people applying for positions in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK has reached a 20 month high,... Read more

Administrators close doors at Laser Electrical

Laser Electrical, the largest locally owned electrical retailer in Northern Ireland, has had the doors closed in its 10 stores throughout the country as administrators failed to find a buyer.... Read more

New report to detail redundancies in construction sector

A new report by the Construction Industry Council will be presented to Stormont today detailing the effect of the economic downturn on workers in the construction sector. The report shows how... Read more

HMRC to get tough on tax cheats

HMRevenue & Customs have revealed their Business Plan for 2010-11, and among the objectives for the year is a significant clamp down on "tax cheats". It is estimated that an... Read more

6 in 10 employees lie about being ill in N.I.

In a survey of workers in Northern Ireland and in the Irish Republic the majority confessed to pulling "sickies" to get a day off work. Of those surveyed, 57% said... Read more

British Gas workers vote in favour of strike action

In the last few months the phrases 'job cuts' and 'strike action' have almost gone hand in hand as a number of large profile companies have met Union led resistance... Read more

Ulster Bank to face 1,500 legal actions from employees

The Ulster Bank is set to face over 1,500 legal actions from employees in Northern Ireland and in the Republic over new employment contracts which approximately 1,000 bank officials are... Read more

?407,700 damages for head teacher forced to quit

Former Headmistress, Erica Connor aged 57, has been awarded £407,700 in damages for being forced from her job after a campaign aiming to give Islam a greater presence in a... Read more

?407,700 damages for head teacher forced to quit

Former Headmistress, Erica Connor aged 57, has been awarded £407,700 in damages for being forced from her job after a campaign aiming to give Islam a greater presence in a... Read more

Gordon Brown says BA strike is deplorable and not in 'National interest'

The Prime Minister weighed in on the long running BA strike issue today, demanding that the Union cancel its planned cabin crew strike saying it was "deplorable". The Unite union had... Read more

Disproportionate percentage of employment claims come from public sector

Despite only 22% of the workforce being employed in the public sector it is reported that 37% of employment appeal cases are against public sector organisations, according to analysis of... Read more

Gordon Brown says BA strike is deplorable and not in 'National interest'

The Prime Minister weighed in on the long running BA strike issue today, demanding that the Union cancel its planned cabin crew strike saying it was "deplorable". The Unite union had... Read more

Disproportionate percentage of employment claims come from public sector

Despite only 22% of the workforce being employed in the public sector it is reported that 37% of employment appeal cases are against public sector organisations, according to analysis of... Read more

Aer Lingus restructuring plans 'brutal' and 'unfair'

The Irish Airline Aer Lingus has announced restructuring plans which will result in 670 staff being laid off in a bid to save £88million; the company having previously reported £60million... Read more

Aer Lingus restructuring plans 'brutal' and 'unfair'

The Irish Airline Aer Lingus has announced restructuring plans which will result in 670 staff being laid off in a bid to save £88million; the company having previously reported £60million... Read more

Tyrone Crystal factory to close after lack of sale interest

Just over a week ago we reported that the staff of the Tyrone Crystal factory near Dungannon, Northern Ireland, had been advised in an internal meeting that the factory was... Read more

Job cuts forecast for April to June 2010 in Northen Ireland

Despite the rest of the UK experiencing a positive turn in the employment market with more employers reportedly intending to employ staff than to reduce, the situation in Northern Ireland... Read more

'Women are equal to men in workplace - but have to work harder and longer'

A nationwide survey carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP asked respondents about their views on women in the workplace, and most particularly those in senior jobs. The results varied from region to... Read more

Women to be most effected by rising unemployment levels

A new report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development predicts that unemployment levels will continue to rise due to a "sharp" reduction in the public sector, with women... Read more

?50,000 damages for victim of racial abuse in Mallusk company

Croatian Nenad Zubin, who has lived in Northern Ireland for more than 20 years, has been awarded £53,596 in damages for racial abuse suffered at his work place, Brett Martin... Read more

Permanent job placements 'saw strong February growth'

A fast rate of growth was witnessed in the UK's permanent jobs market last month, research reveals.According to the findings of the latest Report on Jobs compiled by KMPG and... Read more

British Airways outline measures to deal with strike fallout

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways, has angered Union members by holding an internal briefing with BA staff outlining the measures the company will take during strike action to... Read more

More positive economic signs 'should lead to further pay rises'

More of the UK's employees could be set to see higher levels of pay this year, as improved economic signs are witnessed, it has been suggested.According to Brendan Barber, the... Read more

National Insurance rise 'could hurt UK labour market'

A forthcoming rise in National Insurance contributions could have a damaging effect on the UK's labour market, according to one expert.The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) chief executive Kevin Green... Read more

'Tyrone Crystal Giftware' company for sale

While there has been no official statement from representatives of 'Tyrone Crystal Giftware', it has been reported that employees of the company in Dungannon were advised last Friday that the... Read more

Young people 'need good quality careers advice'

Young people in Northern Ireland and across other regions of the UK need to be given access to good quality careers advice, to give them a sense of direction, it... Read more

Further calls for retirement law to be scrapped

The UK retirement law is in the spotlight once again after Age Concern and Help the Aged joined the calls for it to be scrapped. Research shows that 100,000 people... Read more

Poor weather 'should not be allowed to damage small firms'

Small businesses in Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK should not be forced to suffer during periods of extreme winter weather, it has been suggested.The Federation of Small... Read more

OFT warns of increase in scammers targeting the unemployed

Scammers are tapping into the current climate by targeting the ever increasing pool of the unemployed. Research from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) as part of their Scams Awareness... Read more

Apprenticeships 'needed to address youth unemployment'

The unemployment problems affecting a number of young people in the UK could be addressed through the continued use of things like apprenticeships, according to one expert from the Confederation... Read more

Number of people losing jobs could double

A survey carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has painted a grim picture of employment for the near future. The report warns that fewer people... Read more

Think-tank suggests 21-hour working week to solve employment problem

A think-tank called The New Economics Foundation has issued a report suggesting that the working week should be cut to 21 hours to boost employment and the economy, and improve... Read more

UK job seekers 'need to adopt flexible approach'

A flexible approach needs to be adopted by those seeking jobs in the current economic climate, according to one expert. The Recruitment Society's chairman Steve Huxham has noted the tough... Read more

Northern Irish employers 'must maintain skill base'

Businesses in Northern Ireland have been encouraged to continue their focus on employee skills and training.The Northern Ireland Executive's minister for employment Sir Reg Empey believes that, by doing this,... Read more

Companies 'should think carefully' before reducing staff perks

Northern Ireland businesses looking to cut back on employee perks such as the provision of free tea and coffee may want to think twice before taking any action, it has... Read more

Kraft takes control of Cadbury

The American food group Kraft were finally able to confirm yesterday that they had secured 71.73% of Cadbury shares, giving it control over the 189 year old British chocolate making... Read more

Apprenticeships 'offer an alternative to uni study'

Young people in Northern Ireland and other regions of the UK might benefit from taking part in an apprenticeship scheme, which may prove to be a useful alternative to university... Read more

Firms 'may use social networking' to assess job candidates

Some businesses might opt to make use of social networking sites in the future, in order to assess potential employees during their recruitment process, according to one expert.People looking for... Read more

NI minister aiming to support recently unemployed

People in Northern Ireland who have recently been made redundant will be offered support from the country's executive, giving them the opportunity to find more work.That is according to Sir... Read more

Millions could pay too much tax this year as result of incorrect HMRC tax codes

According to the Chartered Institute of Taxation, a significant proportion of the 25 million PAYE tax codes issued by HM Revenue & Customs for 2010/2011, double the amount in 2009/2010... Read more

Compulsory retirement age 'should be scrapped'

The Equalities watchdog have said that people should be free to choose whether they continue working into older age instead of being forced to retire when they reach 65. The Equality... Read more

NI unemployment figures 'offer some encouragement'

Recent figures concerning the rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland provide some encouragement, according to one of the country's ministers.The rate dropped from a June to August figure of 7.1... Read more

Union leaders consider strike response to pay freeze

Local authority unions in Northern Ireland, England and Wales had a claim for a 2.5% wage increase refused, and were told that the pay of approximately 1.6 million council employees... Read more

Rate of increase in N.I employment begins to slow

While the majority of the UK recorded a decrease in unemployment in the last quarter of 2009, Northern Ireland continued to see an increase as late as December; albeit at... Read more

NI minister aiming to improve small business lending

A member of the Northern Ireland Executive is aiming to raise awareness of the lending difficulties that some of the country's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) appear to be facing.Sammy... Read more

UK business owners 'should prepare for illness outbreaks'

Business owners in Northern Ireland and other regions of the UK should ensure that they are prepared to deal with the threats posed by things like serious illnesses, an expert... Read more

UK employers 'should take steps to retain top performers'

UK employers should take steps to ensure that they do not lose valuable members of their staff in the near future, according to one expert.Survey results published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)... Read more

Govt 'looking to provide more low carbon jobs'

The government will aim to create more jobs within the UK's low carbon sector in the near future, a minister has commented.Peter Mandelson, the government's business secretary, believes that emerging... Read more

Language skills 'can improve CVs of jobseekers'

Jobseekers in Northern Ireland and across other parts of the UK may be able to enhance their CVs by taking steps to learn another language, according to one expert.Shirry Liram,... Read more

Redundancies 'may encourage more self-employment'

A number of UK workers may look towards the opportunities provided by self-employment if they have recently been made redundant, according to one expert.Phil Flaxton from Work Wise UK believes... Read more

Employees feeling undervalued during recession would change jobs

A poll carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PWC) of around 950 workers found that a third of UK employees are feeling undervalued by their employer during the recession and would... Read more

Graduates 'keen to have a positive impact' on companies

During the current economic downturn, graduates are keen to prove their worth to UK businesses by trying to make a positive impact.That is according to the Graduate Recruitment Bureau's Dan... Read more

SMEs count the cost of disruption caused by snow

Once again, heavy snowfall has taken people in the UK by surprise, though perhaps at most expense to small business owners who are hit by postal and courier issues, staff... Read more

Ex-police officer alleges being bullied for being posh

An employment tribunal has rejected ex-police officer Alison Wheeler's claim that she was bullied because of her "posh" background and found in favour of Surrey Police. Ms Wheeler, who was... Read more

Unemployed younger workers 'may need emotional support'

Young people struggling to find work during the economic downturn should be offered more emotional support, along with assistance to find a new job, it has been suggested.According to Lucie... Read more

High Court rules in favour of British Airways to halt Christmas strike

Hundreds of travelers throughout Northern Ireland received the welcome news that the High Court had found in favour of British Airways Plc on Thursday to prevent a 12-day cabin crew... Read more

BA responds to strike announcement with legal action

The continuing saga of the proposed British Airways strike took another twist today as the airline announced it would be taking legal action because of irregularities in the ballot process. ... Read more

Over a million passengers to face Christmas chaos as BA cabin crew announce 12-day strike

Unite stunned British Airways airline by announcing a strike that will take place from December 22 to January 2. The strike was announced following a 9-1 vote in favour, with... Read more

More than 75% of British businesses have no disability employment policy

A report released today by ComRes and Remploy states that only 8% of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that do not currently employ disabled people have expressed they would have... Read more

More than 75% of British businesses have no disability employment policy

A report released today by ComRes and Remploy states that only 8% of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that do not currently employ disabled people have expressed they would have... Read more

Employers in Northern Ireland optimistic about hiring more staff

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey has advised that employers in Northern Ireland are now optimistic that they will soon be employing more staff, with more saying they would intend to... Read more

More than 75% of British businesses have no disability employment policy

A report released today by ComRes and Remploy states that only 8% of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that do not currently employ disabled people have expressed they would have... Read more

Many UK workers 'would accept pay cuts' to keep jobs

Many workers in the UK would accept a reduction in their pay cheque if it meant keeping their job, new research has outlined.Figures published by the job search website SimplyHired... Read more

New service launched by Wilson Nesbitt a first for Northern Ireland

In a first for Northern Ireland, Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors of Belfast have launched their new business law guide and document builder website. People visiting www.wilsonnesbittonline.co.uk will have free access to... Read more

New service launched by Wilson Nesbitt a first for Northern Ireland

In a first for Northern Ireland, Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors of Belfast have launched their new business law guide and document builder website. People visiting www.wilsonnesbittonline.co.uk will have free access to... Read more

Northern Ireland economy recovering slower than rest of UK

Recent emerging reports have suggested that the Northern Ireland economy will take longer to recover than the rest of the UK, with the First Trust Bank's December economic and business... Read more

Employee engagement 'vital to retain good staff'

Companies in Northern Ireland and other regions of the UK should ensure they focus on staff engagement, it has been suggested.According to Julia Robertson, chief executive of the global staffing... Read more

Employers set for new workplace harassment guidance

A number of UK organisations are aiming to tackle workplace harassment and violence by collaborating on new guidance that addresses such issues.Backed by the government, the advice has been produced... Read more

UK recession 'may positively impact' working practices

British businesses and workers may actually benefit in the long term from some of the effects of the economic downturn, it has been suggested.A total of 37 per cent of... Read more

NI businesses 'must be prepared' for economic recovery

It is important that Northern Ireland businesses are prepared for future economic recovery, according to one Northern Ireland Executive minister.Labour Force Survey statistics show that the country's unemployment rate stood... Read more

UK firms 'may be concerned' by flexible working security

Some UK firms may still not fully comprehend how they could adopt flexible working practices through the use of new technologies, it has been claimed.According to Rob Lovell, the chief... Read more

UK employers 'should focus on workplace stress'

Employers across the UK should take a number of steps to help deal with stress among their workers, it has been suggested.The risk management organisation Aon Consulting believes that companies... Read more

NI gender pay gap 'stands at 9.5%'

A number of UK workers would like to see pay audits introduced to help tackle the gender pay gaps that exist between employees.That is according to research produced by Ipsos... Read more

UK firms 'looking for stable tax system'

Many UK businesses would like to see the development of a more stable and supportive tax system, new research suggests.Figures published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) show that a number of firms... Read more

Govt SME funding 'could help tackle employee stress'

New government funding could help British businesses to improve the mental wellbeing of their employees by reducing stress, according to one expert.Ministers recently announced they are to offer financial backing... Read more

Flexible working 'widespread during UK recession'

A number of UK employers have taken steps to adopt flexible working practices during the economic downturn, according to one expert.The difficult jobs market seen in recent months might have... Read more

Relicensed skills councils 'meeting needs' of NI employers

The government has relicensed four sector skills councils, in a bid to meet the skill needs of employers across the UK.Skills for Health, SkillsActive, Improve Ltd and Skills for Justice... Read more

NI ministers 'must respond' to unemployment concerns

The Northern Ireland Executive must continue to address the challenges posed by the economic downturn, a minister has suggested.According to the latest Labour Force Survey, the June to August period... Read more

NI employers set for new health and safety resource

Small businesses in Northern Ireland are set to be offered more guidance about how they can manage health and safety issues in the workplace, through the launch of a new... Read more

British employers 'must improve insurance awareness'

A number of people employed by British companies may not be covered by workplace insurance, new research has suggested.Only around one-third of the employers polled in a survey commissioned by... Read more

Many UK workers 'looking to switch jobs'

Business owners should try to raise the morale of their employees by making them feel part of their organisation during the recession, the Institute of Employment Rights (IER) suggests.UK-wide research... Read more

New employment scheme for NI voluntary sector

A new employment scheme has been launched in Northern Ireland to offer people a range of jobs within the country's community and voluntary sectors.According to the Northern Ireland Executive's employment... Read more

Many UK firms 'hoping to employ new staff in 2010'

A number of UK firms are looking to employ new staff over the course of the next 12 months, research shows.Figures from the Forum of Private Business (FPB) find that... Read more

Rate relief scheme 'offers boost' to NI businesses

Plans to introduce a rate relief scheme for small businesses in Northern Ireland could offer support to a number of firms during the economic downturn, according to one organisation.The Northern... Read more

NI businesses urged to seek employment support

Businesses in Northern Ireland struggling through the recession have been urged to seek financial support to stay afloat and maintain jobs during the downturn.Seasonally adjusted figures from the Labour Force... Read more

Redundancy fears 'making workers avoid sick leave'

Fears over the prospect of redundancy are leading workers in the UK to avoid taking sick leave, it has been suggested.According to Mike Emmott, adviser of public policy at the... Read more

Company directors 'at more risk of being sued'

Current insolvency figures suggest that company directors in the UK are at more risk of being sued, it has been claimed. Insolvency Service statistics have revealed that there were almost... Read more

UK labour market 'showing signs of recovery'

New research has highlighted that the UK's labour market appears to be showing signs of recovery.According to the September Report on Jobs published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC)... Read more

UK firms 'bullish' over recession

Companies across the UK and Northern Ireland are acting defiantly in the face of the recession, according to a new poll.The study by specialist insurer Hiscox found that over half... Read more

CBI sets out youth unemployment plan

Companies could be offered a subsidy for offering additional apprenticeships to young people under new plans from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The proposal to offer £2,500 to firms... Read more

Businesses 'need to prepare for further swine flu outbreaks'

Businesses need to prepare themselves for a second wave of swine flu, it has been claimed.The World Health Organization has issued a warning that nations across the globe need to... Read more

Pregnant women 'being discriminated against during the recession'

There has been an "alarming" increase in the number of pregnant women made redundant during the recession, it has been claimed.According to the Fawcett Society, the UK's leading campaign group... Read more

'More needs to be done' to encourage workplace equality

There is still "much to be done" to close gender equality gaps that exist in workplaces across the UK and Northern Ireland, an expert has claimed.Karen Gill, co-founder of support... Read more

FSB calls for swine flu aid

Companies across the UK and Northern Ireland should be given more government support to get through the current swine flu pandemic, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The organisation... Read more

Companies 'taking advantage through pay freezes'

Businesses in the UK and Northern Ireland have been accused of "taking advantage" of workers by introducing a high number of pay freezes, according to an expert.Carolyn Jones, director of... Read more

Government brings forward retirement age review

A review into the default retirement age in UK and Northern Ireland is to be brought forward, it has been confirmed.The government has revealed that the employment legislation, which currently... Read more

UK firms call for new employment measures

Businesses across the UK and Northern Ireland have collaborated on a new report calling for the government to introduce new employment measures to help them through the current economic conditions.The... Read more

Recession 'changing the employment landscape'

Research from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revealed that a number of employers have made changes to the organisation of their operations and working patterns.The survey, which was... Read more

Employment matters to remain in focus in 2009

Issues concerning employment in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will remain in the limelight throughout this year in light of continuing redundancies, according to debt charity Credit... Read more

One in four seeking advice on employment-related issues

Employment-related matters are a concern for many consumers in the UK, according to LV, which has revealed that the recession is forcing many to contact solicitors for legal advice.The organisation... Read more

Over-50s afraid of discrimination in recession

Employers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK have been called upon not to discriminate against employees on the grounds of their age following news that over-50s are... Read more

Limiting new legislations could help businesses retain staff

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has stated that limiting the flow of new regulations from the government and European legislators could give businesses in Northern Ireland and the rest... Read more

Former Visteon employees get better pay deal

Solicitors of the Visteon car components plant in Northern Ireland may be breathing a sigh of relief following the conclusion of a seven-week sit-in by sacked workers.Some 200 former employees... Read more

Over 46,000 now unemployed in Northern Ireland

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) paint a grim picture on the job front in the UK, highlighting a fall in both the employment rate and the... Read more

Good news for NI as nearly 100 jobs are created

Employment in Northern Ireland (NI) has received a welcome boost following news that a furniture company is set to create nearly 100 jobs in the province.NI has not escaped the... Read more

Visteon sit-in continues as workers push for favourable terms

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may be watching the developments at collapsed Ford car parts manufacturer Visteon to see what outcome emerges from a sit-in being staged by the firm's workers.Laid... Read more

Northern Ireland architecture sector badly hit by downturn

As many as 400 jobs have been lost in Northern Ireland's once-booming architecture sector over the past 12 months alone, it has been revealed. New figures compiled by the Royal... Read more

Health experts call for action on night shifts

Experts have called for greater recognition of the health dangers posed by long-term shift working.BBC Radio Scotland's The Investigation looked into the risks associated with night shifts after discovering that... Read more

'Unemployed in NI will benefit from training and local jobs'

Northern Ireland's growing population of unemployed will receive a range of training programmes aimed at helping them back into work, it has been announced. Speaking at a recent Opportunities and... Read more

MPs urge government to stick to building plans

More construction jobs in Northern Ireland may be created and others protected as a result of recommendations made to the government by the Communities and Local Government Committee.Solicitors in Belfast... Read more

Empty properties 'can create jobs'

Jobs in the construction sector in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK can be created if the government changes its attitude towards empty properties, it has been stated.According... Read more

NI construction workers increasingly losing jobs

Demand for solicitors in Belfast dealing with employment issues is likely to continue increasing as construction firms in the province go on with laying off staff.The latest figures from the... Read more

Positive news as 250 jobs head to NI

Amidst the economic gloom that has put pressure on businesses in Northern Ireland (NI) forcing them to lay off staff, some good news has come to workers in the region,... Read more

Unemployment approaches 2m

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has continued to rise, putting the level of unemployment on a ten-year high of nearly two million, according to new figures.An estimated 1.971... Read more

Redundancy a time to reassess skills

One of the pieces of advice solicitors in Northern Ireland can give to their clients if they are made redundant is to think about what other skills they could use... Read more

House builders need bailout too, FMB says

Over 50 per cent of the 13,000 building companies represented by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) plan to cut jobs in the next three months and the government needs... Read more

More jobs go as Ulster Bank cuts costs

Redundancies continue to sting Northern Ireland as the credit crunch takes its toll on the economy with more than 200 banking jobs in Northern Ireland set to be lost, it... Read more

Northern Ireland unemployed to hit 50,000

Job losses have become an unfortunate part of everyday life in the UK thanks to the financial downturn.Many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are struggling to cope with pressures placed... Read more

Nortel files for bankruptcy prompting job fears

More than 600 people in Northern Ireland are facing uncertainty over their jobs following news that solicitors for Nortel, which has a Northern Ireland base, have filed for bankruptcy protection... Read more

Unemployment soars in Northern Ireland

Unemployment continues to rise in Northern Ireland as the global financial crisis continues to cause havoc for businesses, forcing many to cut jobs and put individuals on the dole, it... Read more

Government moves to secure future jobs

Business and union leaders are being engaged by the government to adopt measures that will help provide jobs as the country heads towards a recession, solicitors in Northern Ireland may... Read more

FG Wilson to lay off 260

Northern Ireland continues to take a hit as the credit crunch wrecks havoc on businesses in the province, with engineering firm FG Wilson emerging as the latest casualty of the... Read more

Redundancy fears raised as M&S announces grim figures

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may find themselves dealing with more redundancy related issues following news that high street giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to cut jobs.The retailer, which has... Read more

Northern Ireland braced for economic downturn

Solicitors in Northern Ireland are expecting a rise in the number of people seeking advice over possible repossessions as homeowners struggle to meet their mortgage commitments in the New Year.Mirroring... Read more

Massive pay out for thousands of civil servants

Up to 13,000 civil servants are to receive pay outs after they were found to have received unequal wages for up to six years, it has been reported. The Treasury... Read more

Engineering firm loses 160 workers as credit crunch bites harder

An engineering firm in Northern Ireland is to create 160 redundancies as many businesses in the province continue to feel the effects of the ongoing financial downturn.FG Wilson is to... Read more

20,000 could be made redundant in NI, warns CEF

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may find themselves dealing with up to 20,000 construction industry redundancies in the province, if the pace of work continues to decline, it has been stated.The... Read more

Derry schools projects 'to boost construction employment'

Derry's slowing construction sector is set to be given a boost by the news that local contactors are to be used in the building of two new secondary schools in... Read more

Gangmasters Licensing Authority carries out sting operation

Police and members of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) have cracked down on Northern Ireland's migrant labour market, solicitors in Belfast dealing with employment may be interested to know.The BBC... Read more

Redundancies closer as Woolworths initiates sale

Woolworths went into a closing down sale today but as thousands benefit from huge discounts on offer, the company's bosses may be discussing with their solicitors how to go about... Read more

Redundancies expected in NI education sector

Close to 500 redundancies are to be made in Northern Ireland as a result of the creation of a new single education authority, reports say.Five existing education boards are to... Read more

Investment plans could create construction and retail jobs

Some 1,000 jobs may be created in Northern Ireland if a multi-million pound plan to lure one of the biggest retailers in the UK to the province succeeds, solicitors in... Read more

FMB warns government of impending redundancies

Solicitors in Northern Ireland with clients in the construction sector may find themselves dealing with a lot of redundancies in coming months as some 41 per cent of firms in... Read more

Redundancies expected in NI as retailers collapse

The fate of more than 250 employees in Northern Ireland hangs in the balance following the collapse of furniture retailer MFI and Woolworths, solicitors in Belfast may want to know.Woolworths,... Read more

Calcast factory workers continue to strike

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may be watching keenly the developments at the Calcast factory near Londonderry as workers continue to protest against impending redundancy, reports say.Some 90 workers at the... Read more

Brits hold back on contributions, threatening pension funds

Northern Ireland pension funds may be in for a tough time ahead following revelations that the credit crunch and looming recession is making people consider cutting back on contributions.Solicitors may... Read more

NI to escape BT carnage

The latest casualty of the ongoing credit crunch is BT, which has announced that 10,000 redundancies are to be created but solicitors in Northern Ireland may be interested to hear... Read more

Unemployment figures in NI rise

Northern Ireland construction industry redundancies in recent weeks have contributed to the marginal increase in unemployment figures in the region, new government data shows.Last month saw an extra 1,100 people... Read more

Redundancies should be 'a last resort'

In news that may be of interest to solicitors in Northern Ireland, employers have been advised to explore all other options before deciding to make people redundant during the credit... Read more

Redundancies predicted in Northern Ireland as crunch bites

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may find themselves dealing with thousands of redundancy issues following news that 22,000 construction and engineering jobs could be lost in the region.A PricewaterhouseCoopers survey commissioned... Read more

Recession could be 'more serious' than 1990s decline

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may find themselves dealing with a lot of redundancy cases and bankruptcies following claims that this recession may be "more serious than the one in the... Read more

Northern Ireland redundancy worries rise

The credit crunch is continuing to wreck havoc across the entire nation and is already having a significant impact on employment in Northern Ireland, an assembly member has said.According to... Read more

New wage proposals not the best deal, says union

A new national wage agreement is "by no means the best deal", according to the head of Ireland's largest employment union.Jack O'Connor, the general president of the Services, Industrial, Professional... Read more

Group campaigns for official status of Irish language

A rally which took place in Belfast city centre over the weekend called for the Irish language to be given official status.Between 400 and 500 people attended the demonstration, which... Read more

Law Society review could change rules for bigger firms

A new review commissioned by the Law Society could see solicitors from small and large firms regulated under a different set of rules.The Lawyer reports that solicitors from large, corporate... Read more

Employees putting career above well-being according to survey

Workers in the UK are putting their job ahead of their health as increasing financial pressures mean people are more and more reluctant to take days off, it has been... Read more

Aer Lingus to cut jobs in bid to reduce costs

Aer Lingus could cut up to 1,500 jobs through redundancy and outsourcing as part of a programme to try and cut costs, it has been reported.A cabin crew base at... Read more

New car registration plummets from last year

The number of new cars registered in Northern Ireland has dropped by 30 per cent over the past year, according to statistics published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and... Read more

Aer Lingus to cut jobs in bid to reduce costs

Aer Lingus could cut up to 1,500 jobs through redundancy and outsourcing as part of a programme to try and cut costs, it has been reported.A cabin crew base at... Read more

Teachers 'should not be placed on sex offenders register for pupil affairs'

The general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters' Union of Women Teachers has called for teachers who have sexual relationships with pupils over the age of 16 not to... Read more

Security industry to be regulated in Northern Ireland

As of December this year, training to get Security Industry Authority (SIA) approved qualifications will be available in Northern Ireland after the organisation announced it is going to extend its... Read more

'Urgent reform' is needed over the rights of transgender people, says IHRC

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has said there is a need for "urgent reform" of the law regarding to transgender people, it has been reported.Transgender people are those who... Read more

Barristers should take pay cut, expert claims

Solicitors' leaders have called on barristers to take pay cuts to match the lower pay they have had to take because of legal aid, according to the Telegraph.In news that... Read more

Union claims schools 'should teach employment rights'

Schoolchildren should be taught about employment rights, a leading union has claimed.In news that could interest solicitors in Northern Ireland, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) put forward a motion at... Read more

Women 'believe they face pay discrimination'

Nearly a third of female British employees believe they are paid less than their male counterparts with equal skills and qualifications, it has been claimed.In news that may interest solicitors... Read more

Calls made to end 'employment injustices'

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has called for an end to inequality in the workplace.Personneltoday.com reports on the comments by TUC general secretary Brendan Barber, which may well interest solicitors... Read more

Responsible handling of data called for

Businesses and other organisations that handle private and confidential information should be held accountable for the way they use such data, it has been claimed.According to Becky Hogge, an executive... Read more

Unemployment differences revealed

Black immigrants are more likely to be unemployed than white nationals, new research has revealed.Research conducted by the Economic and Social Research Institute and the Equality Authority has found that... Read more

UK working times 'among Europe's highest'

New research shows that the UK ranks third among European Union member states in terms of the number of working hours undertaken by the typical employee each week.The average UK... Read more

8,000 job cuts 'hidden'

Plans by a group of five senior civil servants which suggested that 8,000 jobs be cut from the public sector have remained hidden until today, a report says.The group secretly... Read more

Support for paid training at work

A legal right to allow people to complete paid training for their job is supported by 71 per cent of people, a poll says.YouGov research for the Trades Union Congress... Read more

Dell 'not closing Polish plant'

Computer company Dell has reassured the Polish government it is not to sell its plant there, as fears continue for the future of the company in Ireland, according to Fin... Read more

Secretaries the "backbone" of legal firms

Legal secretaries and paralegals are the "backbone" of the firm, according to an expert.Ray Borrowdale, press officer for ILEX, said that secretaries and paralegals provide support for lawyers and solicitors,... Read more

Government consults on new flexible working proposals

In news that may interest solicitors, the government has launched a consultation to allow businesses to let it know what they think of its plans to extend flexible working rights,... Read more

Engineering firm moves to Ireland

British engineering firm Charter Group is intending to change tax domicile to Ireland, according to a report.Charter Group has said the move reflected the fact that less than five per... Read more

Employees must take breaks at work to reduce job related stress

Employees must take regular breaks at work to refresh the body and mind, according to the International Stress Management Association (ISMA).A spokesperson for ISMA said: "Time out is vital to... Read more

KPMG family schemes 'initially successful'

KPMG's My Family Matters scheme to support staff with children has been initially successful according to Personnel Today. The scheme, which was launched in March, is aimed at supporting workers... Read more

UK businesses will have to pay a fee for employing migrant workers

UK businesses that employ skilled workers from outside the European Union will have to pay fees under new immigration rules.In news that could interest solicitors and legal professionals, businesses that... Read more

Employees must take breaks at work to reduce job related stress

Employees must take regular breaks at work to refresh the body and mind, according to the International Stress Management Association (ISMA).A spokesperson for ISMA said: "Time out is vital to... Read more

UK businesses will have to pay a fee for employing migrant workers

UK businesses that employ skilled workers from outside the European Union will have to pay fees under new immigration rules.In news that could interest solicitors and legal professionals, businesses that... Read more

Reducing gender pay gap a priority for government

The government sees reducing the pay gap between men and women as a priority, a spokesperson for the Government Equalities Office (GEO) has said.Figures reported by the GEO put the... Read more

Reducing gender pay gap a priority for government

The government sees reducing the pay gap between men and women as a priority, a spokesperson for the Government Equalities Office (GEO) has said.Figures reported by the GEO put the... Read more

'No reform' for employment law

Employment law will not go back to the standards of the 1970s and 1980s, business minister and chairman of Labour's national policy forum Pat McFadden told trade unions, the Financial... Read more

'No reform' for employment law

Employment law will not go back to the standards of the 1970s and 1980s, business minister and chairman of Labour's national policy forum Pat McFadden told trade unions, the Financial... Read more

Most employers 'already beyond statutory requirements'

The majority of employers in Britain and Northern Ireland offer equality policies which go further than the current statutory requirements, Employment Review has found.In a survey of 150 organisations, only... Read more

Most employers 'already beyond statutory requirements'

The majority of employers in Britain and Northern Ireland offer equality policies which go further than the current statutory requirements, Employment Review has found.In a survey of 150 organisations, only... Read more

Employment law myth dispelled

In response to confusion surrounding UK employment law rules on family discrimination, Computer Weekly has issued guidance for employers on the issue.According to the publication, solicitors will advise that asking... Read more

Employment law myth dispelled

In response to confusion surrounding UK employment law rules on family discrimination, Computer Weekly has issued guidance for employers on the issue.According to the publication, solicitors will advise that asking... Read more

Companies 'need to be well-versed in employment law'

Firms in Great Britain and Northern Ireland need to ensure they and their staff are kept up-to-date with employment law regulations in order to protect themselves from legal action it... Read more

Companies 'need to be well-versed in employment law'

Firms in Great Britain and Northern Ireland need to ensure they and their staff are kept up-to-date with employment law regulations in order to protect themselves from legal action it... Read more

MPs call for more fraudsters to be prosecuted

More people claiming benefit illegally should be prosecuted says a Commons committee that scrutinises public accounts, according to the Telegraph today.The House of Commons public accounts committee welcomed a reduction... Read more

Tribunal risk for accent discrimination employers

Employers in Northern Ireland who discriminate against job applicants with certain accents are at risk of facing tribunals, it has been revealed.A survey carried out by a firm of solicitors... Read more

Tribunal risk for accent discrimination employers

Employers in Northern Ireland who discriminate against job applicants with certain accents are at risk of facing tribunals, it has been revealed.A survey carried out by a firm of solicitors... Read more

Workplace injuries and fatalities 'underestimated'

Academic research has claimed that official figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) "masks" the number of workplace deaths and harm caused by workplace injuries.Professor Steve Tombs and Dr.... Read more

Lack of health insurance for older workers 'could lead to claims'

Employers in Northern Ireland failing to provide health insurance for older workers when they offer it to younger employees could be at risk of age discrimination claims.According to Personnel Today,... Read more

Workplace injuries and fatalities 'underestimated'

Academic research has claimed that official figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) "masks" the number of workplace deaths and harm caused by workplace injuries.Professor Steve Tombs and Dr.... Read more

Lack of health insurance for older workers 'could lead to claims'

Employers in Northern Ireland failing to provide health insurance for older workers when they offer it to younger employees could be at risk of age discrimination claims.According to Personnel Today,... Read more

Employment increase in Northern Ireland 'bucks UK trend'

At the end of the first quarter, the number of people in paid work in Northern Ireland was at a record level. Unemployment in the province stands at a seasonally-adjusted... Read more

Employment increase in Northern Ireland 'bucks UK trend'

At the end of the first quarter, the number of people in paid work in Northern Ireland was at a record level. Unemployment in the province stands at a seasonally-adjusted... Read more

TUPE guidance issued by ICO

Employers transferring their businesses to new owners have been given new guidance to help them to comply with the Data Protection Act when providing information about employees to potential buyers.The... Read more

Report issued into attitudes to commercial disputes

PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University in London have released a report into the attitudes of corporations into international commercial disputes.The research is intended... Read more

TUPE guidance issued by ICO

Employers transferring their businesses to new owners have been given new guidance to help them to comply with the Data Protection Act when providing information about employees to potential buyers.The... Read more

Employers 'must protect loneworkers'

Employers, including those in Northern Ireland, have to ensure that members of staff who go out on their own are protected, the chief executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust told... Read more

Employers 'must protect loneworkers'

Employers, including those in Northern Ireland, have to ensure that members of staff who go out on their own are protected, the chief executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust told... Read more

Northern Ireland employment law could change

Employment law in Northern Ireland could change when the results of two new public consultations are announced.The NI employment minister Sir Reg Empey said there was a need to extend... Read more

Northern Ireland employment law could change

Employment law in Northern Ireland could change when the results of two new public consultations are announced.The NI employment minister Sir Reg Empey said there was a need to extend... Read more

Personal bankruptcies 'could rocket'

There could be a huge rise in the number of personal bankruptcies, an academic has warned.Professor Nick Wilson, from Leeds University Business School, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that... Read more

'Some workers face sexual abuse'

A number of migrant and vulnerable employees face sexual abuse in the workplace, according to the Trade Union Congress (TUC).Research from the body has found that such workers face a... Read more

'Some workers face sexual abuse'

A number of migrant and vulnerable employees face sexual abuse in the workplace, according to the Trade Union Congress (TUC).Research from the body has found that such workers face a... Read more

Female job applicants 'face discrimination'

Women looking for jobs are still being discriminated against because of the chance that they may become pregnant, according to the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA).The ELA's secretary Richard Linskell claimed... Read more

Female job applicants 'face discrimination'

Women looking for jobs are still being discriminated against because of the chance that they may become pregnant, according to the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA).The ELA's secretary Richard Linskell claimed... Read more

Acas launching revised grievance policies

Disputes in the workplace may be made easier to solve by new guidance on grievances and dismissals, the employment advisory service claims.The new code, produced by Acas, is now open... Read more

Acas launching revised grievance policies

Disputes in the workplace may be made easier to solve by new guidance on grievances and dismissals, the employment advisory service claims.The new code, produced by Acas, is now open... Read more

Acas launching revised grievance policies

Disputes in the workplace may be made easier to solve by new guidance on grievances and dismissals, the employment advisory service claims.The new code, produced by Acas, is now open... Read more

Programme revealed for Northern Ireland Investment conference

More than 70 companies from the United States are planning to visit Northern Ireland with a view to investing in the area, according to the NI economy minister Nigel Dodds.The... Read more

Employers could have to pay maternity pension payments

Changes introduced under the Sexual Discrimination Act on April 6th may mean employers have to pay pension payments for women off work on maternity leave.Personnel Today reports that even employees... Read more

Employment disputes falling in Northern Ireland

The total number of disputes being referred to the Labour Court was down last year, according to the body's annual report, while the number of cases from alleged breaches of... Read more

Solicitors in Northern Ireland can help combat age discrimination

People suffering from illegal age discrimination can contact solicitors in Northern Ireland to help them with their cases.The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations were introduced in October 2006 in an attempt... Read more

New corporate manslaughter rules 'could mean more business for NI solicitors'

On April 6th the new Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act comes into force.There have been a number of failed cases of prosecutions against companies for corporate manslaughter because the... Read more

Northern Ireland attracting workers from overseas

Solicitors and other professionals are being drawn to Northern Ireland as its economy continues to expand, it has been suggested.According to Ken Belshaw, co-founder and group managing director of Grafton... Read more

Company law changes 'will impact solicitors in Northern Ireland'

High street accountants and solicitors are to receive information from the government explaining how they will be affected by changes in company law.The Companies Act 2006 is intended to simplify... Read more

Northern Ireland attracting workers from overseas

Solicitors and other professionals are being drawn to Northern Ireland as its economy continues to expand, it has been suggested.According to Ken Belshaw, co-founder and group managing director of Grafton... Read more

Food sector funds 'promising for employment'

Employment solicitors in Northern Ireland could be set for a business boost as a substantial cash injection for the food processing sector has been announced.Unveiling plans for the £9 million... Read more

Solicitors in Northern Ireland 'should fight for higher compensation rates'

Fines for companies found responsible for the death of one of their employees or a member of the public are on average less than 1/700th of their annual turnover, according... Read more

Nuclear workers risk heart health

While solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland may be used to dealing with clients who have developed cancer from working with nuclear materials, there may be an even larger type... Read more

Employee litigation 'biggest business risk'

Businesses in Belfast and Northern Ireland could find that their biggest risk of financial loss may come if an employee contacts their solicitors following poor treatment, experts say.According to Hiscox,... Read more

Nuclear workers risk heart health

While solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland may be used to dealing with clients who have developed cancer from working with nuclear materials, there may be an even larger type... Read more

Employee litigation 'biggest business risk'

Businesses in Belfast and Northern Ireland could find that their biggest risk of financial loss may come if an employee contacts their solicitors following poor treatment, experts say.According to Hiscox,... Read more

Nuclear workers risk heart health

While solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland may be used to dealing with clients who have developed cancer from working with nuclear materials, there may be an even larger type... Read more

Employee litigation 'biggest business risk'

Businesses in Belfast and Northern Ireland could find that their biggest risk of financial loss may come if an employee contacts their solicitors following poor treatment, experts say.According to Hiscox,... Read more

Nuclear workers risk heart health

While solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland may be used to dealing with clients who have developed cancer from working with nuclear materials, there may be an even larger type... Read more

Employee litigation 'biggest business risk'

Businesses in Belfast and Northern Ireland could find that their biggest risk of financial loss may come if an employee contacts their solicitors following poor treatment, experts say.According to Hiscox,... Read more

Newspaper seller embroiled in tax case

A man who organised a newspaper selling group in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has had to contact his solicitors after being investigated for tax issues.Not only that, but 28 Romanians who... Read more

Newspaper seller embroiled in tax case

A man who organised a newspaper selling group in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has had to contact his solicitors after being investigated for tax issues.Not only that, but 28 Romanians who... Read more

Newspaper seller embroiled in tax case

A man who organised a newspaper selling group in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has had to contact his solicitors after being investigated for tax issues.Not only that, but 28 Romanians who... Read more

Newspaper seller embroiled in tax case

A man who organised a newspaper selling group in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has had to contact his solicitors after being investigated for tax issues.Not only that, but 28 Romanians who... Read more

Solicitors see more RSI

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are seeing more claims against employers for repetitive strain injury (RSI), statistics show.Of the work-related injuries that solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland see,... Read more

Solicitors see more RSI

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are seeing more claims against employers for repetitive strain injury (RSI), statistics show.Of the work-related injuries that solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland see,... Read more

Solicitors see more RSI

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are seeing more claims against employers for repetitive strain injury (RSI), statistics show.Of the work-related injuries that solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland see,... Read more

Agency employees could be more protected

Solicitors could see more temporary workers coming to them for help after the government is considering extending the rights of agency workers in Belfast and Northern Ireland.Although some employers in... Read more

Agency employees could be more protected

Solicitors could see more temporary workers coming to them for help after the government is considering extending the rights of agency workers in Belfast and Northern Ireland.Although some employers in... Read more

Agency employees could be more protected

Solicitors could see more temporary workers coming to them for help after the government is considering extending the rights of agency workers in Belfast and Northern Ireland.Although some employers in... Read more

Employers 'must consider back pain'

Employers in Belfast and Northern Ireland should consider reviewing the problem of work-related back pain if they do not want to be taken to court by solicitors if an employee... Read more

Ageist bosses could face £45m bill

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are being increasingly called on to mediate in cases of age discrimination.Yet experts warn that employers in Belfast and Northern Ireland could end up... Read more

Employers 'must consider back pain'

Employers in Belfast and Northern Ireland should consider reviewing the problem of work-related back pain if they do not want to be taken to court by solicitors if an employee... Read more

Ageist bosses could face £45m bill

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are being increasingly called on to mediate in cases of age discrimination.Yet experts warn that employers in Belfast and Northern Ireland could end up... Read more

Employers 'must consider back pain'

Employers in Belfast and Northern Ireland should consider reviewing the problem of work-related back pain if they do not want to be taken to court by solicitors if an employee... Read more

Ageist bosses could face £45m bill

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are being increasingly called on to mediate in cases of age discrimination.Yet experts warn that employers in Belfast and Northern Ireland could end up... Read more

NI contractor fined for serious negligence

Contractors in Belfast and Northern Ireland have been sent a stern message to take health and safety regulations seriously after a court ordered a hefty fine for a breach in... Read more

Charity fined after voicemail sacking

Solicitors in Northern Ireland have secured nearly £35,000 in compensation from a charity after two women were unfairly dismissed from their jobs, with one of the ladies fired via voicemail.Marilyn... Read more

Charity fined after voicemail sacking

Solicitors in Northern Ireland have secured nearly £35,000 in compensation from a charity after two women were unfairly dismissed from their jobs, with one of the ladies fired via voicemail.Marilyn... Read more

NI contractor fined for serious negligence

Contractors in Belfast and Northern Ireland have been sent a stern message to take health and safety regulations seriously after a court ordered a hefty fine for a breach in... Read more

Charity fined after voicemail sacking

Solicitors in Northern Ireland have secured nearly £35,000 in compensation from a charity after two women were unfairly dismissed from their jobs, with one of the ladies fired via voicemail.Marilyn... Read more

Solicitors could secure more compensation

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland will be able to secure more money in compensation for people treated unfairly at works thanks to updated guidelines.Under the Employment Rights (Increase of... Read more

Solicitors could secure more compensation

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland will be able to secure more money in compensation for people treated unfairly at works thanks to updated guidelines.Under the Employment Rights (Increase of... Read more

Solicitors could secure more compensation

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland will be able to secure more money in compensation for people treated unfairly at works thanks to updated guidelines.Under the Employment Rights (Increase of... Read more

Solicitors could secure more compensation

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland will be able to secure more money in compensation for people treated unfairly at works thanks to updated guidelines.Under the Employment Rights (Increase of... Read more

ECJ backs mother in landmark discrimination case

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland could see a surge in a new type of claim after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has backed a working mother's claims against... Read more

ECJ backs mother in landmark discrimination case

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland could see a surge in a new type of claim after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has backed a working mother's claims against... Read more

ECJ backs mother in landmark discrimination case

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland could see a surge in a new type of claim after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has backed a working mother's claims against... Read more

ECJ backs mother in landmark discrimination case

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland could see a surge in a new type of claim after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has backed a working mother's claims against... Read more

More workers 'happy in their jobs'

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland could see fewer claims for people being badly treated at work, as studies show that employers seem to be increasingly concerned with being fair... Read more

More workers 'happy in their jobs'

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland could see fewer claims for people being badly treated at work, as studies show that employers seem to be increasingly concerned with being fair... Read more

More workers 'happy in their jobs'

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland could see fewer claims for people being badly treated at work, as studies show that employers seem to be increasingly concerned with being fair... Read more

More workers 'happy in their jobs'

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland could see fewer claims for people being badly treated at work, as studies show that employers seem to be increasingly concerned with being fair... Read more

More workers 'happy in their jobs'

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland could see fewer claims for people being badly treated at work, as studies show that employers seem to be increasingly concerned with being fair... Read more

Care workers injured in attack

Solicitors in Northern Ireland could become involved in more criminal injury cases involving young offenders if care workers do not deal with the problems in juvenile halls.According to the Belfast... Read more

Vital for NI employers to be savvy

Vital for NI employers to be savvySolicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are likely to see a great deal of claims regarding unfairness at work if employers do not figure... Read more

Care workers injured in attack

Solicitors in Northern Ireland could become involved in more criminal injury cases involving young offenders if care workers do not deal with the problems in juvenile halls.According to the Belfast... Read more

Vital for NI employers to be savvy

Vital for NI employers to be savvySolicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are likely to see a great deal of claims regarding unfairness at work if employers do not figure... Read more

Care workers injured in attack

Solicitors in Northern Ireland could become involved in more criminal injury cases involving young offenders if care workers do not deal with the problems in juvenile halls.According to the Belfast... Read more

Care workers injured in attack

Solicitors in Northern Ireland could become involved in more criminal injury cases involving young offenders if care workers do not deal with the problems in juvenile halls.According to the Belfast... Read more

Vital for NI employers to be savvy

Vital for NI employers to be savvySolicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are likely to see a great deal of claims regarding unfairness at work if employers do not figure... Read more

Care workers injured in attack

Solicitors in Northern Ireland could become involved in more criminal injury cases involving young offenders if care workers do not deal with the problems in juvenile halls.According to the Belfast... Read more

Vital for NI employers to be savvy

Vital for NI employers to be savvySolicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are likely to see a great deal of claims regarding unfairness at work if employers do not figure... Read more

Line managers 'need employment education'

Solicitors who are recruited to assist in employment tribunals in Belfast and Northern Ireland may find that line managers are most often the cause of complaint among employees, a new... Read more

Line managers 'need employment education'

Solicitors who are recruited to assist in employment tribunals in Belfast and Northern Ireland may find that line managers are most often the cause of complaint among employees, a new... Read more

Line managers 'need employment education'

Solicitors who are recruited to assist in employment tribunals in Belfast and Northern Ireland may find that line managers are most often the cause of complaint among employees, a new... Read more

Line managers 'need employment education'

Solicitors who are recruited to assist in employment tribunals in Belfast and Northern Ireland may find that line managers are most often the cause of complaint among employees, a new... Read more

First NI age discrimination case won

Solicitors have helped to secure compensation for a man in the first ever age discrimination case ever seen in Belfast and Northern Ireland.Terence McCoy, from Newtownards, contacted solicitors after he... Read more

First NI age discrimination case won

Solicitors have helped to secure compensation for a man in the first ever age discrimination case ever seen in Belfast and Northern Ireland.Terence McCoy, from Newtownards, contacted solicitors after he... Read more

First NI age discrimination case won

Solicitors have helped to secure compensation for a man in the first ever age discrimination case ever seen in Belfast and Northern Ireland.Terence McCoy, from Newtownards, contacted solicitors after he... Read more

Unison lodges 33,000 claims in New Year

Unison has already launched 33,000 equal pay claims to begin its New Year campaign, meaning that solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland are likely to be very busy in 2008.According... Read more

Unison lodges 33,000 claims in New Year

Unison has already launched 33,000 equal pay claims to begin its New Year campaign, meaning that solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland are likely to be very busy in 2008.According... Read more

Unison lodges 33,000 claims in New Year

Unison has already launched 33,000 equal pay claims to begin its New Year campaign, meaning that solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland are likely to be very busy in 2008.According... Read more

Tougher penalties for bad employers

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland should see fewer claims from employees after a new employment bill has been published to ensure bosses are fairer.Even if businesses do exploit or... Read more

Tougher penalties for bad employers

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland should see fewer claims from employees after a new employment bill has been published to ensure bosses are fairer.Even if businesses do exploit or... Read more

Tougher penalties for bad employers

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland should see fewer claims from employees after a new employment bill has been published to ensure bosses are fairer.Even if businesses do exploit or... Read more

Ageism 'affects young as well as old'

New research has found that solicitors in Northern Ireland and Britain could see an increase in cases relating to ageism brought by young people in the near future. A recent... Read more

Extreme team building brought to an end

Companies are set to be forced to end their extreme team bonding sessions with the introduction of new legislation into Britain and Northern Ireland. Solicitors could see claims being brought... Read more

Work-related RSI cases 'overblown'

Solicitors in Northern Ireland and Britain are seeing far more cases of work-related repetitive strain injury (RSI) coming through their doors than may be necessary, it has been claimed. Cases... Read more

Ageism 'affects young as well as old'

New research has found that solicitors in Northern Ireland and Britain could see an increase in cases relating to ageism brought by young people in the near future. A recent... Read more

Extreme team building brought to an end

Companies are set to be forced to end their extreme team bonding sessions with the introduction of new legislation into Britain and Northern Ireland. Solicitors could see claims being brought... Read more

Ageism 'affects young as well as old'

New research has found that solicitors in Northern Ireland and Britain could see an increase in cases relating to ageism brought by young people in the near future. A recent... Read more

Extreme team building brought to an end

Companies are set to be forced to end their extreme team bonding sessions with the introduction of new legislation into Britain and Northern Ireland. Solicitors could see claims being brought... Read more

Employers offering flexible working

New research has found that the vast majority of employers in Britain and Northern Ireland will now offer flexible working initiatives for employees. According to the research, which was commissioned... Read more

Belfast council in tomato damages

A member of staff at Belfast City Council has visited Northern Ireland solicitors in order to make a case against her employer for an unusual work-related injury.According to Sunday Life,... Read more

Social worker wins damages after 'threat'

Solicitors of a social worker who was sacked after threatening a teenager have secured damages in Northern Ireland courts.Laurence O'Connor was sacked from a church-run hostel after allegedly threatening a... Read more

Employers offering flexible working

New research has found that the vast majority of employers in Britain and Northern Ireland will now offer flexible working initiatives for employees. According to the research, which was commissioned... Read more

Social worker wins damages after 'threat'

Solicitors of a social worker who was sacked after threatening a teenager have secured damages in Northern Ireland courts.Laurence O'Connor was sacked from a church-run hostel after allegedly threatening a... Read more

Employers offering flexible working

New research has found that the vast majority of employers in Britain and Northern Ireland will now offer flexible working initiatives for employees. According to the research, which was commissioned... Read more

Social worker wins damages after 'threat'

Solicitors of a social worker who was sacked after threatening a teenager have secured damages in Northern Ireland courts.Laurence O'Connor was sacked from a church-run hostel after allegedly threatening a... Read more

Subbies owed thousands by haulage firm

Northern Ireland solicitors may see an increasing number of sub-contractors coming to them for legal advice after Reid Transport has gone into administration, owing them tens of thousands of pounds.The... Read more

Subbies owed thousands by haulage firm

Northern Ireland solicitors may see an increasing number of sub-contractors coming to them for legal advice after Reid Transport has gone into administration, owing them tens of thousands of pounds.The... Read more

Subbies owed thousands by haulage firm

Northern Ireland solicitors may see an increasing number of sub-contractors coming to them for legal advice after Reid Transport has gone into administration, owing them tens of thousands of pounds.The... Read more

Work-related road accidents hidden

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may be ignorant as to the number of road traffic accidents which involve drivers who were working at the time if they listen to the police,... Read more

Work-related road accidents hidden

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may be ignorant as to the number of road traffic accidents which involve drivers who were working at the time if they listen to the police,... Read more

TV presenter secures damages

Belfast solicitors have secured compensation from BBC Northern Ireland for the corporation's former presenter George Jones after libellous remarks were broadcast about him.Mr Jones sought the help of solicitors as... Read more

TV presenter secures damages

Belfast solicitors have secured compensation from BBC Northern Ireland for the corporation's former presenter George Jones after libellous remarks were broadcast about him.Mr Jones sought the help of solicitors as... Read more

Fire crews to get fair deal?

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may see fewer fire fighters claiming compensation for discriminatory treatment if the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) makes its point successfully at the Croydon employment tribunal on... Read more

Fire crews to get fair deal?

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may see fewer fire fighters claiming compensation for discriminatory treatment if the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) makes its point successfully at the Croydon employment tribunal on... Read more

Fire crews to get fair deal?

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may see fewer fire fighters claiming compensation for discriminatory treatment if the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) makes its point successfully at the Croydon employment tribunal on... Read more

Carer claims for discrimination

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland will be watching the outcome of a discrimination case heard by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week very closely, as a new... Read more

Carer claims for discrimination

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland will be watching the outcome of a discrimination case heard by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week very closely, as a new... Read more

Carer claims for discrimination

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland will be watching the outcome of a discrimination case heard by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week very closely, as a new... Read more

Pleural plaques compensation blocked

People suffering from work-related pleural plaques in Northern Ireland are less likely to visit their solicitors to try to make a case for compensation, following a House of Lords ruling... Read more

Pleural plaques compensation blocked

People suffering from work-related pleural plaques in Northern Ireland are less likely to visit their solicitors to try to make a case for compensation, following a House of Lords ruling... Read more

Quarry firm fined for disclosure failures

A quarrying company has been found guilty of failing to report the ill-health of an employee as well as breaching health and safety regulations.The law requires employers to report industrial... Read more

Quarry firm fined for disclosure failures

A quarrying company has been found guilty of failing to report the ill-health of an employee as well as breaching health and safety regulations.The law requires employers to report industrial... Read more

Quarry firm fined for disclosure failures

A quarrying company has been found guilty of failing to report the ill-health of an employee as well as breaching health and safety regulations.The law requires employers to report industrial... Read more

Caution on age discrimination laws

After the first age discrimination claims following new laws have seen tough decisions by judges, People Management magazine has warned employers to take the legislation seriously.Solicitors in Britain and Northern... Read more

Caution on age discrimination laws

After the first age discrimination claims following new laws have seen tough decisions by judges, People Management magazine has warned employers to take the legislation seriously.Solicitors in Britain and Northern... Read more

Acra warns of asbestos risk

While asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in Britain and Northern Ireland, The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (Arca) says it difficult for workers to know when they... Read more

Acra warns of asbestos risk

While asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in Britain and Northern Ireland, The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (Arca) says it difficult for workers to know when they... Read more

Acra warns of asbestos risk

While asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in Britain and Northern Ireland, The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (Arca) says it difficult for workers to know when they... Read more

Disabled employees unequal in healthcare

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland are likely to see many clients who work in healthcare pursuing claims for unequal treatment in the workplace, according to a new study.The Disability... Read more

Disabled employees unequal in healthcare

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland are likely to see many clients who work in healthcare pursuing claims for unequal treatment in the workplace, according to a new study.The Disability... Read more

Disabled employees unequal in healthcare

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland are likely to see many clients who work in healthcare pursuing claims for unequal treatment in the workplace, according to a new study.The Disability... Read more

Unfair pay claims rocket

The number of women in Britain and Northern Ireland taking legal action over unfair pay is rocketing, according to the latest statistics.There were 44,013 unfair pay claims heard by the... Read more

Unfair pay claims rocket

The number of women in Britain and Northern Ireland taking legal action over unfair pay is rocketing, according to the latest statistics.There were 44,013 unfair pay claims heard by the... Read more

Unfair pay claims rocket

The number of women in Britain and Northern Ireland taking legal action over unfair pay is rocketing, according to the latest statistics.There were 44,013 unfair pay claims heard by the... Read more

Foundry worker found to be honest

A foundry worker who broke his back has been awarded compensation by a judge who believed he had been honest in his claim, despite photographic evidence conflicting with his story.David... Read more

Education Worker claims unfair dismissal

An Education Worker is taking the London Borough of Camden Council to an employment tribunal, claiming unfair dismissal, race discrimination and victimisation.Salik Miah worked for the council in their education... Read more

Foundry worker found to be honest

A foundry worker who broke his back has been awarded compensation by a judge who believed he had been honest in his claim, despite photographic evidence conflicting with his story.David... Read more

Education Worker claims unfair dismissal

An Education Worker is taking the London Borough of Camden Council to an employment tribunal, claiming unfair dismissal, race discrimination and victimisation.Salik Miah worked for the council in their education... Read more

Foundry worker found to be honest

A foundry worker who broke his back has been awarded compensation by a judge who believed he had been honest in his claim, despite photographic evidence conflicting with his story.David... Read more

Education Worker claims unfair dismissal

An Education Worker is taking the London Borough of Camden Council to an employment tribunal, claiming unfair dismissal, race discrimination and victimisation.Salik Miah worked for the council in their education... Read more

Cancer charity in sex discrimination case

A woman from west Belfast has won her case for sex discrimination against Northern Ireland charity Action Cancer.According to UTV, the charity will now have to pay out over £30,000... Read more

Cancer charity in sex discrimination case

A woman from west Belfast has won her case for sex discrimination against Northern Ireland charity Action Cancer.According to UTV, the charity will now have to pay out over £30,000... Read more

Cancer charity in sex discrimination case

A woman from west Belfast has won her case for sex discrimination against Northern Ireland charity Action Cancer.According to UTV, the charity will now have to pay out over £30,000... Read more

Epileptic beats the bullies

An epileptic woman who was employed by Estee Lauder has been told she will receive compensation after an employment tribunal ruled that she had been a victim of bullying. The... Read more

Epileptic beats the bullies

An epileptic woman who was employed by Estee Lauder has been told she will receive compensation after an employment tribunal ruled that she had been a victim of bullying. The... Read more

Epileptic beats the bullies

An epileptic woman who was employed by Estee Lauder has been told she will receive compensation after an employment tribunal ruled that she had been a victim of bullying. The... Read more

Asbestos claims triple

The number of claims and criminal prosecutions in Britain and Northern Ireland for asbestos poisoning at work is on the rise and more than tripled last year.Under the Control of... Read more

Asbestos claims triple

The number of claims and criminal prosecutions in Britain and Northern Ireland for asbestos poisoning at work is on the rise and more than tripled last year.Under the Control of... Read more

Asbestos claims triple

The number of claims and criminal prosecutions in Britain and Northern Ireland for asbestos poisoning at work is on the rise and more than tripled last year.Under the Control of... Read more

Charity director wins unfair dismissal case

The former director of the London Irish Centre as been awarded compensation of £46,537 after a tribunal found that she had been unfairly dismissed and had suffered sex discrimination.Margaret Murnane... Read more

Charity director wins unfair dismissal case

The former director of the London Irish Centre as been awarded compensation of £46,537 after a tribunal found that she had been unfairly dismissed and had suffered sex discrimination.Margaret Murnane... Read more

Charity director wins unfair dismissal case

The former director of the London Irish Centre as been awarded compensation of £46,537 after a tribunal found that she had been unfairly dismissed and had suffered sex discrimination.Margaret Murnane... Read more

Employment claims driven up

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland will have dealt with a sharp increase in equal pay cases as the number of cases rose by 155 per cent to 44,013 year-on-year.According... Read more

Employment claims driven up

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland will have dealt with a sharp increase in equal pay cases as the number of cases rose by 155 per cent to 44,013 year-on-year.According... Read more

Employment claims driven up

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland will have dealt with a sharp increase in equal pay cases as the number of cases rose by 155 per cent to 44,013 year-on-year.According... Read more

Incapable worker loses claim

Even with the help of solicitors, a Glasgow biscuit factory worker was not able to win his claim for unfair dismissal, after being sacked for turning up at work the... Read more

Incapable worker loses claim

Even with the help of solicitors, a Glasgow biscuit factory worker was not able to win his claim for unfair dismissal, after being sacked for turning up at work the... Read more

Incapable worker loses claim

Even with the help of solicitors, a Glasgow biscuit factory worker was not able to win his claim for unfair dismissal, after being sacked for turning up at work the... Read more

Hammer man wins damages for severed hand

Bryan Banham has been awarded a six-figure sum in damages after his hand was severed while he was rebuilding a factory in Suffolk.In February, the 31-year-old was working for foundation... Read more

Hammer man wins damages for severed hand

Bryan Banham has been awarded a six-figure sum in damages after his hand was severed while he was rebuilding a factory in Suffolk.In February, the 31-year-old was working for foundation... Read more

Hammer man wins damages for severed hand

Bryan Banham has been awarded a six-figure sum in damages after his hand was severed while he was rebuilding a factory in Suffolk.In February, the 31-year-old was working for foundation... Read more

Tesco shopped by two employees

Tesco Stores has been forced to pay compensation to two members of staff following health and safety breaches which resulted in two separate accidents.It has paid out £11,000 in total... Read more

Ellis outcome could mean more PI claims

While Susan Ellis won her case against Bristol City Council for slipping on a wet floor in her workplace, a law firm has warned that the ruling could mean that... Read more

Ellis outcome could mean more PI claims

While Susan Ellis won her case against Bristol City Council for slipping on a wet floor in her workplace, a law firm has warned that the ruling could mean that... Read more

Law beats lawyers in discrimination case

Law firm Clifford Chance has paid an undisclosed sum in compensation to a former partner in the first claim of sexual orientation discrimination against solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland.... Read more

Law beats lawyers in discrimination case

Law firm Clifford Chance has paid an undisclosed sum in compensation to a former partner in the first claim of sexual orientation discrimination against solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland.... Read more

Law beats lawyers in discrimination case

Law firm Clifford Chance has paid an undisclosed sum in compensation to a former partner in the first claim of sexual orientation discrimination against solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland.... Read more

Belfast Airport workers win unfair dismissal case

Nearly £600,000 in damages has been awarded to 22 security staff in Northern Ireland, who were sacked for going on strike for a row with their employer five years ago.The... Read more

Belfast Airport workers win unfair dismissal case

Nearly £600,000 in damages has been awarded to 22 security staff in Northern Ireland, who were sacked for going on strike for a row with their employer five years ago.The... Read more

Belfast Airport workers win unfair dismissal case

Nearly £600,000 in damages has been awarded to 22 security staff in Northern Ireland, who were sacked for going on strike for a row with their employer five years ago.The... Read more

Employee wins compensation after near-fatal accident

A Bradford businessman has been jailed for six months and forced to pay £90,000 in compensation after a near-death accident on his building site left a man in a coma.When... Read more

Many work-related accidents not reported

After the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) published statistics of work-related deaths and injuries in Britain and Northern Ireland between 2005 and 2006, Consult GEE says that the full picture... Read more

Employee wins compensation after near-fatal accident

A Bradford businessman has been jailed for six months and forced to pay £90,000 in compensation after a near-death accident on his building site left a man in a coma.When... Read more

Employee wins compensation after near-fatal accident

A Bradford businessman has been jailed for six months and forced to pay £90,000 in compensation after a near-death accident on his building site left a man in a coma.When... Read more

Many work-related accidents not reported

After the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) published statistics of work-related deaths and injuries in Britain and Northern Ireland between 2005 and 2006, Consult GEE says that the full picture... Read more

Welshman wins compensation for ladder accident

Michael Morgan has won £45,000 in compensation after he fell from an unstable ladder at work and broke both feet.Mr Morgan was working as a mason for Pembrokeshire County Council... Read more

Welshman wins compensation for ladder accident

Michael Morgan has won £45,000 in compensation after he fell from an unstable ladder at work and broke both feet.Mr Morgan was working as a mason for Pembrokeshire County Council... Read more

Welshman wins compensation for ladder accident

Michael Morgan has won £45,000 in compensation after he fell from an unstable ladder at work and broke both feet.Mr Morgan was working as a mason for Pembrokeshire County Council... Read more

Compensation settlements soar in NI schools

Some £1,764,212 million was paid out by Northern Ireland's education boards in compensation claims last year, an increase of almost 70 per cent in 12 months, the Belfast Telegraph reports.... Read more

IOSH says health and safety is common sense

While people working in Britain and Northern Ireland deserve to be protected at work, the president elect of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) says that health and... Read more

Solicitors want asbestos compensation raised

Solicitors have said that the amount of compensation awarded to families of mesothelioma victims in Scotland should be the same as that given in the rest of Britain and Northern... Read more

IOSH says health and safety is common sense

While people working in Britain and Northern Ireland deserve to be protected at work, the president elect of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) says that health and... Read more

IOSH says health and safety is common sense

While people working in Britain and Northern Ireland deserve to be protected at work, the president elect of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) says that health and... Read more

Printers a health and safety risk?

Offices in Britain and Northern Ireland could see a glut of employees reaching for their solicitors' numbers if research into the health risks of modern office printers is proved to... Read more

Printers a health and safety risk?

Offices in Britain and Northern Ireland could see a glut of employees reaching for their solicitors' numbers if research into the health risks of modern office printers is proved to... Read more

Printers a health and safety risk?

Offices in Britain and Northern Ireland could see a glut of employees reaching for their solicitors' numbers if research into the health risks of modern office printers is proved to... Read more

Men 'sold out' over salary at Sellafield

After it was revealed that male employees at Sellafield nuclear power plant are paid £4,000 less than females that do a similar job, 370 men have announced that they will... Read more

Men 'sold out' over salary at Sellafield

After it was revealed that male employees at Sellafield nuclear power plant are paid £4,000 less than females that do a similar job, 370 men have announced that they will... Read more

Men 'sold out' over salary at Sellafield

After it was revealed that male employees at Sellafield nuclear power plant are paid £4,000 less than females that do a similar job, 370 men have announced that they will... Read more

BAA coughs up compensation

The British Airport Authority (BAA) has been ordered to pay compensation to a man in their employment who was exposed to asbestos while working at Heathrow Airport.The man from Middlesex... Read more

Solicitors not having to deal with smoking ban breaches

It seems that Northern Ireland's smokers have by and large accepted the smoking ban, with the majority of businesses being compliant with the new laws.In the three months that the... Read more

Solicitors not having to deal with smoking ban breaches

It seems that Northern Ireland's smokers have by and large accepted the smoking ban, with the majority of businesses being compliant with the new laws.In the three months that the... Read more

Solicitors not having to deal with smoking ban breaches

It seems that Northern Ireland's smokers have by and large accepted the smoking ban, with the majority of businesses being compliant with the new laws.In the three months that the... Read more

Stats published for workplace injuries and deaths

Provisional figures for the year from 2006 to 2007 have been published by the Health and Safety Executive, revealing that the number of workers killed by fatal injuries in Britain... Read more

Stats published for workplace injuries and deaths

Provisional figures for the year from 2006 to 2007 have been published by the Health and Safety Executive, revealing that the number of workers killed by fatal injuries in Britain... Read more

Stats published for workplace injuries and deaths

Provisional figures for the year from 2006 to 2007 have been published by the Health and Safety Executive, revealing that the number of workers killed by fatal injuries in Britain... Read more

Directors' fear of litigation increases

Research by Eversheds has shown that most executives fear solicitors, with 70 per cent of directors in Britain and Northern Ireland claiming they are more likely to be prosecuted than... Read more

Directors' fear of litigation increases

Research by Eversheds has shown that most executives fear solicitors, with 70 per cent of directors in Britain and Northern Ireland claiming they are more likely to be prosecuted than... Read more

Directors' fear of litigation increases

Research by Eversheds has shown that most executives fear solicitors, with 70 per cent of directors in Britain and Northern Ireland claiming they are more likely to be prosecuted than... Read more

Illegal landlord smoked out

Hamish Howitt will be the first landlord to involve solicitors in the smoking ban across Britain and Northern Ireland as it was found that the consumption of tobacco occurred on... Read more

Illegal landlord smoked out

Hamish Howitt will be the first landlord to involve solicitors in the smoking ban across Britain and Northern Ireland as it was found that the consumption of tobacco occurred on... Read more

Illegal landlord smoked out

Hamish Howitt will be the first landlord to involve solicitors in the smoking ban across Britain and Northern Ireland as it was found that the consumption of tobacco occurred on... Read more

Firm fined over unsafe forklifts

Following two workplace accidents caused by poorly managed forklift trucks, Norlec Engineering has been ordered to pay £20,000 for failing to protect its employees.Both Stephen Hewitt and Ian Hustings were... Read more

Firm fined over unsafe forklifts

Following two workplace accidents caused by poorly managed forklift trucks, Norlec Engineering has been ordered to pay £20,000 for failing to protect its employees.Both Stephen Hewitt and Ian Hustings were... Read more

Firm fined over unsafe forklifts

Following two workplace accidents caused by poorly managed forklift trucks, Norlec Engineering has been ordered to pay £20,000 for failing to protect its employees.Both Stephen Hewitt and Ian Hustings were... Read more

Sex discrimination case thrown out

Investment bank BNP Paribas has been vindicated after a working mother attempted to sue the company for sex discrimination and victimization after she was dismissed. Katharina Tofeji claimed she had... Read more

Big bosses disagree with equality law

The majority of senior executives do not want women to be paid the same salary as men, a new poll has revealed. Despite legislation meaning that women in Britain and... Read more

Sex discrimination case thrown out

Investment bank BNP Paribas has been vindicated after a working mother attempted to sue the company for sex discrimination and victimization after she was dismissed. Katharina Tofeji claimed she had... Read more

Big bosses disagree with equality law

The majority of senior executives do not want women to be paid the same salary as men, a new poll has revealed. Despite legislation meaning that women in Britain and... Read more

Sex discrimination case thrown out

Investment bank BNP Paribas has been vindicated after a working mother attempted to sue the company for sex discrimination and victimization after she was dismissed. Katharina Tofeji claimed she had... Read more

Big bosses disagree with equality law

The majority of senior executives do not want women to be paid the same salary as men, a new poll has revealed. Despite legislation meaning that women in Britain and... Read more

Lack of black solicitors in UK law firms

Only 19 per cent of major law firms in the UK have black partners, according to the Black Solicitors Network's (BSN) diversity league table for 2007. The Lawyer reports that... Read more

Lack of black solicitors in UK law firms

Only 19 per cent of major law firms in the UK have black partners, according to the Black Solicitors Network's (BSN) diversity league table for 2007. The Lawyer reports that... Read more

Compensation for pregnancy dismissal

An assistant manageress of a hotel in Perthshire has won £8,184 compensation for sex discrimination after being fired for being pregnant. An Edinburgh employment tribunal heard that Tracey Lamond... Read more

Quinn wins dermatitis compensation

James Quinn has won an undisclosed amount of compensation after solicitors negotiated a settlement with his former employers for a work-related dermatitis claim. Mr Quinn, a machine driver for Mone... Read more

Compensation for pregnancy dismissal

An assistant manageress of a hotel in Perthshire has won £8,184 compensation for sex discrimination after being fired for being pregnant. An Edinburgh employment tribunal heard that Tracey Lamond... Read more

Quinn wins dermatitis compensation

James Quinn has won an undisclosed amount of compensation after solicitors negotiated a settlement with his former employers for a work-related dermatitis claim. Mr Quinn, a machine driver for Mone... Read more

Compensation for pregnancy dismissal

An assistant manageress of a hotel in Perthshire has won £8,184 compensation for sex discrimination after being fired for being pregnant. An Edinburgh employment tribunal heard that Tracey Lamond... Read more

Quinn wins dermatitis compensation

James Quinn has won an undisclosed amount of compensation after solicitors negotiated a settlement with his former employers for a work-related dermatitis claim. Mr Quinn, a machine driver for Mone... Read more

New age discrimination law to be tested

Unless solicitors can resolve the case at the last minute, the first claim of age discrimination could come to court since new laws were passed in October. Peter Bloxham is... Read more

New age discrimination law to be tested

Unless solicitors can resolve the case at the last minute, the first claim of age discrimination could come to court since new laws were passed in October. Peter Bloxham is... Read more

New age discrimination law to be tested

Unless solicitors can resolve the case at the last minute, the first claim of age discrimination could come to court since new laws were passed in October. Peter Bloxham is... Read more

Welsh women in equal pay campaign

Unison, Wales' biggest trade union, is in talks with solicitors about taking legal action on local councils after it found that thousands of women working in the public sector are... Read more

Welsh women in equal pay campaign

Unison, Wales' biggest trade union, is in talks with solicitors about taking legal action on local councils after it found that thousands of women working in the public sector are... Read more

Welsh women in equal pay campaign

Unison, Wales' biggest trade union, is in talks with solicitors about taking legal action on local councils after it found that thousands of women working in the public sector are... Read more

Ten PSNI cases thrown out of court

Mr Justice Patrick Coghlin has thrown out claims from all ten of the main complainants in the McClurg case against the Police Authority for Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Chief... Read more

Ten PSNI cases thrown out of court

Mr Justice Patrick Coghlin has thrown out claims from all ten of the main complainants in the McClurg case against the Police Authority for Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Chief... Read more

Ten PSNI cases thrown out of court

Mr Justice Patrick Coghlin has thrown out claims from all ten of the main complainants in the McClurg case against the Police Authority for Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Chief... Read more

Minister says workers dying needlessly

North Down MLA Leslie Cree has appealed to the minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment to invest more in ensuring that construction workers are aware of safety precautions.Mr Cree said... Read more

Minister says workers dying needlessly

North Down MLA Leslie Cree has appealed to the minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment to invest more in ensuring that construction workers are aware of safety precautions.Mr Cree said... Read more

£100 million compensation case to be decided

After 5,000 police officers in Northern Ireland have claimed that they suffered stress in the workplace during Northern Ireland's turbulent years, a high court judge will rule whether they have... Read more

Minister says workers dying needlessly

North Down MLA Leslie Cree has appealed to the minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment to invest more in ensuring that construction workers are aware of safety precautions.Mr Cree said... Read more

Mesothelioma victim awarded compensation

Ken McDonald of Barrow has won £102,500 in compensation after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, which he developed from being exposed to asbestos in the workplace.The 67-year-old, who was a former... Read more

Mesothelioma victim awarded compensation

Ken McDonald of Barrow has won £102,500 in compensation after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, which he developed from being exposed to asbestos in the workplace.The 67-year-old, who was a former... Read more

Mesothelioma victim awarded compensation

Ken McDonald of Barrow has won £102,500 in compensation after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, which he developed from being exposed to asbestos in the workplace.The 67-year-old, who was a former... Read more

False CV sackings could be unlawful

Although last week Patrick Imbardelli, chief executive of Intercontinental Hotels' Asia Pacific Region resigned after his employers found he had lied on his CV, solicitors warn that firing someone for... Read more

False CV sackings could be unlawful

Although last week Patrick Imbardelli, chief executive of Intercontinental Hotels' Asia Pacific Region resigned after his employers found he had lied on his CV, solicitors warn that firing someone for... Read more

False CV sackings could be unlawful

Although last week Patrick Imbardelli, chief executive of Intercontinental Hotels' Asia Pacific Region resigned after his employers found he had lied on his CV, solicitors warn that firing someone for... Read more

NI inquest hears of faulty forklift

On the second day of an inquest into the death of a man in Northern Ireland, the court has heard that the forklift truck that claimed the 59-year-old's life had... Read more

NI inquest hears of faulty forklift

On the second day of an inquest into the death of a man in Northern Ireland, the court has heard that the forklift truck that claimed the 59-year-old's life had... Read more

NI inquest hears of faulty forklift

On the second day of an inquest into the death of a man in Northern Ireland, the court has heard that the forklift truck that claimed the 59-year-old's life had... Read more

Hearing over first day of work death

Two representatives from the construction industry have appeared in court to answer health and safety charges after a 17-year-old from Northern Ireland was killed in an accident on his first... Read more

Hearing over first day of work death

Two representatives from the construction industry have appeared in court to answer health and safety charges after a 17-year-old from Northern Ireland was killed in an accident on his first... Read more

Hearing over first day of work death

Two representatives from the construction industry have appeared in court to answer health and safety charges after a 17-year-old from Northern Ireland was killed in an accident on his first... Read more

Companies should be firm on smoking ban

Solicitors have warned that some employers who try to accommodate smokers by providing shelters outside for staff could be breaking the law if they are not careful with the construction... Read more

Companies should be firm on smoking ban

Solicitors have warned that some employers who try to accommodate smokers by providing shelters outside for staff could be breaking the law if they are not careful with the construction... Read more

Companies should be firm on smoking ban

Solicitors have warned that some employers who try to accommodate smokers by providing shelters outside for staff could be breaking the law if they are not careful with the construction... Read more

UK employers evade European accusations

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland will have noted the news that the UK government has successfully fought off a legal challenge brought by the European Commission (EC) over health... Read more

UK employers evade European accusations

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland will have noted the news that the UK government has successfully fought off a legal challenge brought by the European Commission (EC) over health... Read more

UK employers evade European accusations

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland will have noted the news that the UK government has successfully fought off a legal challenge brought by the European Commission (EC) over health... Read more

UK employers evade European accusations

Solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland will have noted the news that the UK government has successfully fought off a legal challenge brought by the European Commission (EC) over health... Read more

Firm fined after hand injury

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning to businesses to ensure that health and safety is assured after a firm was fined for breaches when a worker's... Read more

Apprentice questions inappropriate

Solicitors have pointed out that if employers made the same comments as Sir Alan Sugar does to potential employees in TV's The Apprentice, they could face charges of discrimination.Tony Bourne,... Read more

Firm fined after hand injury

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning to businesses to ensure that health and safety is assured after a firm was fined for breaches when a worker's... Read more

Apprentice questions inappropriate

Solicitors have pointed out that if employers made the same comments as Sir Alan Sugar does to potential employees in TV's The Apprentice, they could face charges of discrimination.Tony Bourne,... Read more

Firm fined after hand injury

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning to businesses to ensure that health and safety is assured after a firm was fined for breaches when a worker's... Read more

Apprentice questions inappropriate

Solicitors have pointed out that if employers made the same comments as Sir Alan Sugar does to potential employees in TV's The Apprentice, they could face charges of discrimination.Tony Bourne,... Read more

Firm fined after hand injury

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning to businesses to ensure that health and safety is assured after a firm was fined for breaches when a worker's... Read more

Apprentice questions inappropriate

Solicitors have pointed out that if employers made the same comments as Sir Alan Sugar does to potential employees in TV's The Apprentice, they could face charges of discrimination.Tony Bourne,... Read more

Minister pledges support for the disabled

Disabled people in Britain and Northern Ireland may have to visit the solicitors less often for discrimination cases, if the pledges of a government minister come to fruition.Employment and learning... Read more

Top firms to tackle worker exploitation

Land Securities, Serco and Jaeger are among the firms who have agreed to join the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to try to tackle the problem of exploitation of employees.Some of... Read more

Minister pledges support for the disabled

Disabled people in Britain and Northern Ireland may have to visit the solicitors less often for discrimination cases, if the pledges of a government minister come to fruition.Employment and learning... Read more

Top firms to tackle worker exploitation

Land Securities, Serco and Jaeger are among the firms who have agreed to join the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to try to tackle the problem of exploitation of employees.Some of... Read more

Minister pledges support for the disabled

Disabled people in Britain and Northern Ireland may have to visit the solicitors less often for discrimination cases, if the pledges of a government minister come to fruition.Employment and learning... Read more

Top firms to tackle worker exploitation

Land Securities, Serco and Jaeger are among the firms who have agreed to join the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to try to tackle the problem of exploitation of employees.Some of... Read more

'Dodgy' ladders to be ditched

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it will use a 'ladder exchange' scheme to replace 4,000 'dodgy' ladders from workplaces across Britain and Northern Ireland.This news could... Read more

'Dodgy' ladders to be ditched

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it will use a 'ladder exchange' scheme to replace 4,000 'dodgy' ladders from workplaces across Britain and Northern Ireland.This news could... Read more

Churches fight new gay rights laws

Religious institutions in Northern Ireland are in the process of arguing in the High Court in Belfast that the new Sexual Orientation Regulations (Sors) breach their human rights.The new laws... Read more

Quiet music to the ears

Managers of orchestras in Britain and Northern Ireland may face trips to the solicitors for harming the health of orchestra employees if they do not comply with new EU regulations... Read more

Quiet music to the ears

Managers of orchestras in Britain and Northern Ireland may face trips to the solicitors for harming the health of orchestra employees if they do not comply with new EU regulations... Read more

Quiet music to the ears

Managers of orchestras in Britain and Northern Ireland may face trips to the solicitors for harming the health of orchestra employees if they do not comply with new EU regulations... Read more

Agency workers unsure of their rights

Temporary workers in Britain and Northern Ireland are unsure of whether to approach their solicitors when incidents occur in the workplace, as research reveals that they are unsure of their... Read more

Agency workers unsure of their rights

Temporary workers in Britain and Northern Ireland are unsure of whether to approach their solicitors when incidents occur in the workplace, as research reveals that they are unsure of their... Read more

Agency workers unsure of their rights

Temporary workers in Britain and Northern Ireland are unsure of whether to approach their solicitors when incidents occur in the workplace, as research reveals that they are unsure of their... Read more

NI workers most taxed in UK

The level of tax that workers in Northern Ireland pay is the highest in the whole of the UK, according to the Adam Smith Institute.People in the province pay more... Read more

NI workers most taxed in UK

The level of tax that workers in Northern Ireland pay is the highest in the whole of the UK, according to the Adam Smith Institute.People in the province pay more... Read more

DWP appeals to employers to prioritise the disabled

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister, Lord McKenzie, has called on employers to take responsibility to help disabled people achieve social inclusion.He appealed for managers to ensure the... Read more

Lifesaver receives payout for sacking

A Citizens Advice Bureau worker has received £18,000 compensation for unfair dismissal after she was sacked for breaching confidentiality rules, even though her actions led to a life being saved.Terri... Read more

DWP appeals to employers to prioritise the disabled

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister, Lord McKenzie, has called on employers to take responsibility to help disabled people achieve social inclusion.He appealed for managers to ensure the... Read more

Lifesaver receives payout for sacking

A Citizens Advice Bureau worker has received £18,000 compensation for unfair dismissal after she was sacked for breaching confidentiality rules, even though her actions led to a life being saved.Terri... Read more

DWP appeals to employers to prioritise the disabled

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister, Lord McKenzie, has called on employers to take responsibility to help disabled people achieve social inclusion.He appealed for managers to ensure the... Read more

Lifesaver receives payout for sacking

A Citizens Advice Bureau worker has received £18,000 compensation for unfair dismissal after she was sacked for breaching confidentiality rules, even though her actions led to a life being saved.Terri... Read more

Gay nurses win record discrimination payout

Two psychiatric nurses have been awarded a six-figure compensation payout after a tribunal found that they had been treated unfairly because they were lesbians.Barchester healthcare has been ordered to pay... Read more

Gay nurses win record discrimination payout

Two psychiatric nurses have been awarded a six-figure compensation payout after a tribunal found that they had been treated unfairly because they were lesbians.Barchester healthcare has been ordered to pay... Read more

Gay nurses win record discrimination payout

Two psychiatric nurses have been awarded a six-figure compensation payout after a tribunal found that they had been treated unfairly because they were lesbians.Barchester healthcare has been ordered to pay... Read more

Smoking ban may involve legal implications

The smoking ban in Northern Ireland may lead to solicitors seeing fewer claims for smoke-related illnesses in employees, but recent commentary has not fully addressed wider implications for employers, according... Read more

Smoking ban may involve legal implications

The smoking ban in Northern Ireland may lead to solicitors seeing fewer claims for smoke-related illnesses in employees, but recent commentary has not fully addressed wider implications for employers, according... Read more

Smoking ban may involve legal implications

The smoking ban in Northern Ireland may lead to solicitors seeing fewer claims for smoke-related illnesses in employees, but recent commentary has not fully addressed wider implications for employers, according... Read more

Solicitors report more mesothelioma

The British Mesothelioma Register's statistics show that mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, is on the rise. Mesothelioma deaths have risen from 153 in 1968, to 1969 in 2004,... Read more

Businesses warned to insure against Corporate Manslaughter Bill

Businesses should be aware that they face big bills and trips to the solicitors if they do not prepare for the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Bill.The bill should be... Read more

Solicitors report more mesothelioma

The British Mesothelioma Register's statistics show that mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, is on the rise. Mesothelioma deaths have risen from 153 in 1968, to 1969 in 2004,... Read more

Businesses warned to insure against Corporate Manslaughter Bill

Businesses should be aware that they face big bills and trips to the solicitors if they do not prepare for the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Bill.The bill should be... Read more

Solicitors report more mesothelioma

The British Mesothelioma Register's statistics show that mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, is on the rise. Mesothelioma deaths have risen from 153 in 1968, to 1969 in 2004,... Read more

Businesses warned to insure against Corporate Manslaughter Bill

Businesses should be aware that they face big bills and trips to the solicitors if they do not prepare for the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Bill.The bill should be... Read more

Epidemic of epilepsy discrimination

Charity Epilepsy Action has accused employers of continuing to discriminate against people with epileptic conditions, by either not employing them or treating them less favourably than other workers while in... Read more

Epidemic of epilepsy discrimination

Charity Epilepsy Action has accused employers of continuing to discriminate against people with epileptic conditions, by either not employing them or treating them less favourably than other workers while in... Read more

Epidemic of epilepsy discrimination

Charity Epilepsy Action has accused employers of continuing to discriminate against people with epileptic conditions, by either not employing them or treating them less favourably than other workers while in... Read more

Schools, contractors and councils warned of asbestos risk

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found it necessary to alert local authorities, schools and contractors to the dangers of disturbing asbestos, following a case involving all three groups... Read more

Minimum wage dodgers targeted

The government has announced plans to crack down on employers that are paying below the minimum wage.Trade and industry secretary, Alistair Darling, is proposing a raft of new options that... Read more

PSNI to promote women PCs

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is holding a seminar to promote the profile of females in the police force, the Belfast Telegraph reports.Women In Policing, which will be... Read more

Schools, contractors and councils warned of asbestos risk

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found it necessary to alert local authorities, schools and contractors to the dangers of disturbing asbestos, following a case involving all three groups... Read more

Minimum wage dodgers targeted

The government has announced plans to crack down on employers that are paying below the minimum wage.Trade and industry secretary, Alistair Darling, is proposing a raft of new options that... Read more

PSNI to promote women PCs

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is holding a seminar to promote the profile of females in the police force, the Belfast Telegraph reports.Women In Policing, which will be... Read more

Minimum wage dodgers targeted

The government has announced plans to crack down on employers that are paying below the minimum wage.Trade and industry secretary, Alistair Darling, is proposing a raft of new options that... Read more

PSNI to promote women PCs

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is holding a seminar to promote the profile of females in the police force, the Belfast Telegraph reports.Women In Policing, which will be... Read more

Councils face disability rap

Five councils are set to face legal action after failing to comply with the regulations on disability equality.The action against the councils comes after the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) issued... Read more

Directors urged to tackle health and safety

Company directors in Britain and Northern Ireland have been urged to take the lead on improving health and safety standards in their companies.Over 300 senior personnel from some of Britain... Read more

Skills shortage 'threatens NI businesses'

It has been suggested that a skills shortage in Northern Ireland is putting serious pressure on the region's businesses.According to Wilfred Mitchell of the Federation of Small Businesses, the lack... Read more

Councils face disability rap

Five councils are set to face legal action after failing to comply with the regulations on disability equality.The action against the councils comes after the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) issued... Read more

Directors urged to tackle health and safety

Company directors in Britain and Northern Ireland have been urged to take the lead on improving health and safety standards in their companies.Over 300 senior personnel from some of Britain... Read more

Councils face disability rap

Five councils are set to face legal action after failing to comply with the regulations on disability equality.The action against the councils comes after the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) issued... Read more

Directors urged to tackle health and safety

Company directors in Britain and Northern Ireland have been urged to take the lead on improving health and safety standards in their companies.Over 300 senior personnel from some of Britain... Read more

Scots show the way for new smoking laws

Since the new smoking ban took effect in Northern Ireland, bar managers have been complaining that they were finding it difficult to prepare by the deadline.However, it could be a... Read more

Both salaries and tribunals gather strength

People in Northern Ireland have more wages to invest than previously yet the preponderance of employment tribunals has revealed an unfortunate trend towards employer unfairness.According to the latest salary survey... Read more

Employers tread carefully around the disabled

Employers are more than willing to employ people who are disabled, according to a new survey, but can be discouraged by the 'politically correct' language used to define disabilities.Remploy, which... Read more

NI women 'still waiting' for equality

Despite over 30 years of laws banning gender discrimination, solicitors in Northern Ireland will still encounter many cases where women have not been treated fairly, according to the University of... Read more

Car-sprayers suffer asthma risk

Occupational asthma affects 24 workers per 100,000 in the motor manufacturing industry, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which is issuing advice to firms on the occasion of... Read more

Cushnahan takes NIO to tribunal

John Cushnahan, a former head of the Alliance party, has taken the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) to an employment tribunal, after complaining that he was discriminated against.The case, which will... Read more

Threatened dinner ladies win compensation

The House of Lords has ruled that a group of dinner ladies were threatened with job losses if they filed for gender discrimination charges.Originally, 500 dinner ladies from St Helens... Read more

Office workers suffer 'poor desk health'

With 46 per cent of workers in Britain and Northern Ireland spending six or more hours in front of a computer everyday, millions are complaining of poor health, according to... Read more

Irish woman wins discrimination case

Warwick University has been ordered to pay £35,000 in compensation after an employment tribunal ruled that it had failed to hire a potential employee purely because she was Irish, according... Read more

British police urged to follow Northern Ireland's lead

Recruiters for the police service in Britain are letting down the UK's goal of adding more women and ethnic minorities to its forces, according to senior law enforcement officials.The Association... Read more

NI highest density of union members

Northern Ireland has more members of trade unions than anywhere else in Britain, with 39.7 per cent of employees part of a union, according to the Department of Trade and... Read more

£150 offered for filing online returns

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has offered small businesses in Northern Ireland an incentive of a £150 tax-free lump sum to file their 2006-07 Employer Annual Returns online.Small businesses which... Read more

NI highest density of union members

Northern Ireland has more members of trade unions than anywhere else in Britain, with 39.7 per cent of employees part of a union, according to the Department of Trade and... Read more

Anti-age discrimination protest lobbies MPs

Protesters are to lobby ministers today, calling for extended measures to prevent age discrimination in all areas of life for people across Britain and Northern Ireland, according to the Guardian.Charity... Read more

Anti-age discrimination protest lobbies MPs

Protesters are to lobby ministers today, calling for extended measures to prevent age discrimination in all areas of life for people across Britain and Northern Ireland, according to the Guardian.Charity... Read more

Increase in work deaths rattles HSE

From April to September 2006, 124 work-related deaths were recorded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in Britain, a 17 per cent increase on last year's fatalities if the... Read more

Firm is fined £2,500 after construction accident

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a warning that construction firms should ensure proper safety measures after a Lancashire worker was awarded costs after falling through a roof.Steven Davieson... Read more

Firm is fined £2,500 after construction accident

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a warning that construction firms should ensure proper safety measures after a Lancashire worker was awarded costs after falling through a roof.Steven Davieson... Read more

NI firms told to protect staff from smoke

Bosses of firms in Northern Ireland have received a reminder of duties to protect employees and customers ahead of the smoking ban, which is due to be introduced on April... Read more

Gender equality top of agenda

Solicitors in Northern Ireland will get a "timely prompt" to remember their own equal opportunities laws this April.The rest of Britain will see the introduction of the new Gender Equality... Read more

Gender equality top of agenda

Solicitors in Northern Ireland will get a "timely prompt" to remember their own equal opportunities laws this April.The rest of Britain will see the introduction of the new Gender Equality... Read more

Gender equality top of agenda

Solicitors in Northern Ireland will get a "timely prompt" to remember their own equal opportunities laws this April.The rest of Britain will see the introduction of the new Gender Equality... Read more

Northern Ireland hopes for corporate tax break

Officials in Northern Ireland are calling on the chancellor to introduce a corporate tax break for the region's businesses.Solicitors in Northern Ireland could see a change in the corporate tax... Read more

Northern Ireland hopes for corporate tax break

Officials in Northern Ireland are calling on the chancellor to introduce a corporate tax break for the region's businesses.Solicitors in Northern Ireland could see a change in the corporate tax... Read more

Landmark ruling in employment case

A new ruling in an employment tribunal could have significant implications for the way in which employment contracts are drawn up in the UK.Anne Coulombeau, 24, of Nottingham, has won... Read more