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

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.




Criminal records checks


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

Telephone Enquiry Point

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

The Enquiry Point 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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Contact Us

Please note that we cannot deal with employment-related enquiries by e-mail. To receive information or advice about an employment-related issue, please telephone our Helpline on Belfast 90 321442 where an officer will speak with you directly about your query. Please note that the Agency can arrange the services of an interpreter if required.

If you have an employment relations issue in Great Britain please contact the ACAS Helpline on 0300 123 1100 .

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