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Harassment & Bullying in the Workplace a joint guide by The Labour Relations Agency & Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace
  • Health & Safety

    Responsibility for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work in Northern Ireland is held by The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI). HSENI's role is to ensure that risks to people's health and safety from work activities are properly controlled.

    Their free helpline provides an advisory service for customers who have queries over health and safety in the workplace.  The telephone number is 0800 0320 121. The information and advice centre based at Ladas Drive, Belfast provides a comprehensive range of health and safety information resources for customers


    Driving at Work Northern Ireland: An Employers’ Guide’.

    The guide has been developed jointly by DOE and the Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland. It assists employers and employees in understanding their duties under health and safety at work law for driving at work.The three main areas of the management of occupational road risk are: -* safe driver – are your drivers competent and capable of doing their work in a way that is safe for them and other people? * safe vehicle – are vehicles fit for the purpose for which they are used?* safe journey – do you plan routes thoroughly?http://www.hseni.gov.uk/news.htm?id=17213&employers-responsible-for-employees-driving-at-work

    Workplace health, safety and welfare – Approved Code of Practice

    The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues and apply to most workplaces (except those involving construction work on construction sites, those in or on a ship, or those below ground at a mine).

    The book includes the Regulations in full, as well as the Approved Code of Practice and guidance. It will help employers understand the regulatory requirements on issues such as ventilation, temperature, lighting, cleanliness, room dimensions, workstations and seating, floor conditions, falls or falling objects, transparent and translucent doors, gates and walls, windows, skylights and ventilators, traffic routes, escalators, sanitary conveniences and washing facilities.

    This revised and updated version takes account of changes to legislation since the previous edition was published, including:

    • Quarries Miscellaneous Health and Safety Provisions Regulations 1995;
    • Quarries Regulations 1999;
    • Work at Height Regulations 2005;
    • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007;
    • Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Repeals, Revocations and Amendments) Regulations 2002.


    Health Assessments – Night Workers

    The Working Time Regulations requires an employer to offer night workers a free health assessment before they start and while they are working on nights.  This can be made up of two parts; a questionnaire and a medical examination.

  • Working Time Regulations
  • HM Revenue & Customs

    GUIDE - When an employee leaves, retires or is made redundant

    This guide explains the PAYE procedures you need to follow if one of your employees leaves your business, retires or is made redundant. You'll also find information relating to PAYE tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) on payments made to an employee who is leaving your employment.

    This guide does not cover what to do if an employee or pensioner dies. For further information about that, please follow the link below.

    If an employee or pensioner dies

    Important news and updates

    When an employee leaves

    When an employee retires

    When an employee is made redundant

    PAYE tax and NICs on payments to an employee who's leaving

    Becoming an Employer

    Becoming an Employer eLearning

    The Small Business Online Forum run by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is an online tax forum and dedicated webchat service for small businesses and the self-employed.  The Forum is a quick and easy way for small businesses to get answers to their tax questions as well as help with:

    • starting a business
    • support for growing a business – including taking on employees and expanding
    • buying and selling abroad
    • completing tax returns
    • tax credits.

    The forum can be accessed at: https://online.hmrc.gov.uk/webchatprod/community/forums/list.page

    Linked to the forum, HMRC’s dedicated webchat service offers direct support to businesses and the self-employed.

    Basic PAYE Tools Payroll calculator

    Getting started as an employer (live) Webinar

    Statutory Sick Pay  Webinar

    HMRC webinars, email alerts and videos

    Holidays/Annual Leave

    Disagreements over holidays and holiday pay are common. Every year our Enquiry Point gets hundreds of calls about summer and Christmas holidays and time-off at bank holidays.

    Most workers - whether part-time or full-time - are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks' paid annual leave.  Additional annual leave may be agreed as part of a worker's contract.  A week's leave should allow workers to be away from work for a week - i.e. it should be the same amount of time as the working week.  If a worker does a five-day week, he or she is entitled to 28 days leave.  If he or she does a three-day week, the entitlement is 16.8 days leave. Employers can set the times that workers take their leave, for example for a Christmas shutdown and workers must give their employer notice when they want to take leave. If a worker's employment ends, he or she has a right to be paid for the leave time due and not taken.

    Information note - Holidays and holiday pay

    Employees NIDirect  

    Employers - Know how much holiday to give your staff


    Hours of Work

    We all work slightly different hours.  We might work part-time, flexi time, shift work, job share or work from home. The working time regulations set out the legal limits for the hours you work and the amount of rest time and leave you must be given.

    Employees  NIDirect

    Employers- Exemptions-workers who choose their hours  

    Human Rights Act

    The Human Rights Act 1998, which came into force in October 2000 incorporates the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and allows individuals and organisations to go to court or to a tribunal to seek a remedy if they believe that the rights conferred on them by the European Convention have been violated by a public authority.  The main articles in relation to the employment field include:

    • Article 6 – Right to a fair trial
    • Article 8 – Right to respect for private and family life, home and correspondence
    • Article 9 – Freedom of Religion
    • Article 10 – Freedom of expression
    • Article 11 – Freedom of Assembly and Association


    Workplace Information Service

    The Agency’s Workplace Information Service is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Workplace Information Service advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Workplace Information Service is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.

    The Workplace Information Service provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.

    While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.

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