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Occupational pension schemes trustees

A trustee (a person or company, acting separately from an employer, who holds assets for the beneficiaries of the pension scheme) of an Occupational Pension Scheme (as defined in the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993) has a number of employment rights, which includes the right to time off to attend to their duties as a trustee and the right not to suffer a detriment or be dismissed for exercising or proposing to exercise these rights.  The role of a Trustee is to ensure that the pension scheme is properly managed and member’s benefits are kept secure.

See Time Off Work

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Offenders – rehabilitation of

The Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 sets out time limits under which a criminal conviction becomes ‘spent’ – meaning that an individual does not have to mention the conviction even if asked.  The Order (and subsequent amending Orders) stipulates occupations for which a conviction can never become spent and this includes work that involves contact with children, young people or vulnerable adult groups.  In this instance an individual must disclose all convictions.  NIACRO provides advice and guidance to employers and employees in relation to the employment of persons with convictions.


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Official industrial action

See Industrial Action

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Overtime payments

Payments for overtime – that is for hours worked in excess of the normal contractual hours – are purely a contractual matter. There is no legal right to receive enhanced hourly rates and any entitlement to enhanced rates are a matter for agreement between employees (or their representatives) and employers.  

See also Contracts of Employment

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