As Coronavirus in Northern Ireland continues, It is important that businesses and workers know what their rights and responsibilities are when it comes to protecting staff and themselves from the spread of the virus.
This leaflet is aimed at employers where fewer than 20 staff are at risk of redundancy.
This guide is designed to support organisations and workers across Northern Ireland to take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.
The guide was produced by the NI Engagement Forum which is chaired by the Labour Relations Agency and comprises the Confederation of British Industry, Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses NI, Institute of Directors, Manufacturing NI, NI Retail Consortium, the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, SOLACE, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), the Labour Relations Agency and the Public Health Agency. It has been approved by the NI Executive.
Employees are not automatically entitled to paid time off for bank and public holidays.
Under certain circumstances employers must give employees who hold certain public positions reasonable time off to perform the duties associated with them.
Employers may elect to close their business at certain times of the year. (Christmas/new year)
This Order lowers the small employer exemption threshold (available under Section 7 (1)) from 20 employees to 15 employees.
This guide is designed primarily for medium-sized organisations in Northern Ireland but the core principles apply as much to small and micro-employers as well as multi-nationals.