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Am I legally obliged to pay employees for overtime? Overtime is work done outside contractual working hours. Employers do not have a legal obligation to pay employees for work completed in overtime but some sort of incentive is likely to be necessary if you need employees to work overtime. Whatever the position on overtime is, it should be clearly set out in the contract of ... Read More

What is a safety statement?

Under health & safety law, employers must carry out risk assessments and prepare an appropriate safety statement. A safety statement is a written programme that sets out an action plan to safeguard the health & safety of employees while they are at work along with people who might be at your workplace such as customers, visitors and members of the public. How do I respond to ... Read More

Can I use zero hour contracts to cover unpredictable work demand?

From 1st March 2019, zero hour contracts will be prohibited unless there is a genuine requirement for a short-term relief or a casual employee. If you need cover for unpredictable work, it may be better to rely on an ‘if and when’ work arrangement. Under this arrangement, there is no obligation on you to provide work to the workers in question and likewise no obligation on the worker... Read More

Your HR problems: solved

I employ part-time employees. Is there a new law coming in this year on part-time work? The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2018 was signed into law late last year and will come into effect from 1st March 2019. All employers will need to provide employees with a new statement of core terms of employment (or face criminal liability), consider new banded ... Read More