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If the employer makes a reasonable offer of alternative work, and it is refused, the employee may lose their entitlement to a redundancy payment.

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Overtime, working hours and pay

The situation regarding overtime should be set out in the employment contract but, generally, an employee being requested to work overtime and refusing may be guilty of misconduct by virtue of refusing a reasonable request of the employer.

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Employment contracts and Staff Handbook

Each employee must be given a written statement of their terms and conditions of employment, as per provisions under the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts, within two months of commencing employment.

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2022 – The year of Workplace trends and buzzwords

Career cushioning

“Career cushioning” — another term borrowed from the world of dating — means cushioning for whatever comes next in the economy and job market, taking actions to keep your options open.

Career cushioning is the end of year term for 2022, in light of high profile lay-offs in the tech world and continuing worry of the cost-of-living crisis and threat of a possible recession. The worker’s reaction is to create a safety net or a back-up if it all goes wrong.

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Advice for workplaces during severe weather events

Is the employer obliged to pay the employee?
In general, there is no statutory entitlement for an employee to be paid if they cannot attend work because of extreme weather. Any more beneficial arrangement is a matter for agreement between the employer and the employee.

Employers are encouraged to take a long-term view of the working relationship, recognising that demonstrating concern for the welfare of employees and treating employees fairly translates into a better working environment to the benefit of both the staff and the employer.

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