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Furlough ends

The government run Furlough scheme has ended on 30th September 2021.

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Economy Minister Introduces Bill for Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay

Economy Minister Diane Dodds today introduced a Bill to the Assembly to legislate for statutory Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay in Northern Ireland.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Amendment No. 4) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021

These Regulations are made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in Northern Ireland.  Effective from 24/5/21, Regulation 4 introduces an exemption for gatherings in respect of lawful industrial action.

Economy Minister welcomes new legislation to protect Northern Ireland workers

The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (Protection from Detriment in Health and Safety Cases) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 extends protections against detriment in health and safety cases to workers in relation to any action they may take to protect themselves or others where they reasonably believe there is serious and imminent danger in their place of work.

For more info visit https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/news/economy-minister-welcomes-new-legislation-protect-northern-ireland-workers

LRA Publishes Guidance on Managing Vaccination Issues in the Workplace

07 June 2021
The Labour Relations Agency (LRA) has published a free guide for employers and employees on the COVID-19 vaccination and the workplace.  The guidance includes a sample vaccination policy that employers can tailor to reflect their needs.

Economy Minister welcomes new legislation to protect Northern Ireland workers

19 April 2021
Economy Minister Diane Dodds has welcomed new employment legislation which will benefit workers across Northern Ireland. The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (Protection from Detriment in Health and Safety Cases) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 extends protections against detriment in health and safety cases to workers in relation to any action they may take to protect themselves or others where they reasonably believe there is serious and imminent danger in their place of work. It will come into operation on 31 May 2021. At present, these protections cover only employees. The Order must be approved by a resolution of the Assembly within six months of coming into operation. It must therefore be confirmed on or before 31 November 2021. The move has its origins in a Judicial Review brought by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the Health and Safety Executive in Great Britain. A High Court Judgment was published in November which directed that the Health and Safety Framework Directive and the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Directive should apply to a wider group of workers, not just employees. Minister Dodds said: “This Order is about more than about responding appropriately to the decision of a High Court ruling. It will also give clarity to business and individuals.  “As businesses emerge from lockdown, everyone will need to be protected during the transition back to the workplace. “This Order will allow some of our most vulnerable workers the legal protection they need to act to ensure their own safety and the safety of others without fear of suffering detriment for doing the right thing. This includes protecting them against being denied promotion or training opportunities.”

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

01 April 2021
This Order increases, from 6th April 2021, the limits applying to certain awards of industrial tribunals, the Fair Employment Tribunal or Labour Relations Agency statutory arbitration. Examples of these rates include the maximum amount of “a week’s pay” for the purpose of calculating a redundancy payment or various awards, including the basic or additional award of compensation for unfair dismissal is now £566. The limit on amount of guarantee payment payable to an employee in respect of any day is now £30.00. The other rates can be found in the Schedule to the Order.

The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2021

01 April 2021
These Regulations are the annual amendments to the National Minimum Wage legislation which has existed since 1999 and they come into effect on 1/4/20. The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 

LRA Research Uncovers Lack of Training in NI to Manage Workplace Disputes

28 March 2021
Fewer than half of employers in Northern Ireland train managers to prevent or resolve workplace disputes.  This was a key finding of research carried out on behalf of the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) by Cardiff Business School.

Über Decision Significant for Other Gig Workers, Says Labour Relations Agency

19 February 2021
The Labour Relations Agency (LRA) has described today’s (19 February 2021) Supreme Court judgment affecting Über drivers, as a landmark decision.   

New CEO for Labour Relations Agency

12 November 2020
The Labour Relations Agency has appointed Don Leeson as its new Chief Executive Officer. 

LRA Launches 2021 Certificate in Line Management Practice

06 November 2020
The Labour Relations Agency (LRA) is inviting applications for its 2021 ‘Certificate in Line Management Practice, which is free and open to 30 participants across Northern Ireland.  

 Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2021

The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 brings changes to Statutory Sick Pay, Maternity Pay, Paternity pay and Parental pay from 6 April 2021.