EMPLOYEERIGHTSEXPERT

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    Q: I have been working for a bluechip company for 7 years and have been based in one Irish city throughout that period, although that location is not specifically stated in my contract.I have been promoted and in my current position [for the last 3 years] have agreed to work one day per week in another city. One week before I returned from matleave I was advised that my job was now to be located in that other city full time. Can they do this?

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    Q: I have worked for an organisation for 7 months and they are closing down. Do I qualify for redundancy?

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    Q: I was standing in for a woman on maternity leave and was told she was coming back next monday and that I was told i was finished that day(I wouldnt be working the monday)am I entitled to a weeks notice?

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    Q: I have been employed 7 yrs full-time, 5 months ago went on part time(same company). I have now been made redundant-will my redundancy pay be based on part time salary? Thanks

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    Q: I work in a call centre alone on night shift on a 2 week roster. my colleague and myself cover this shift over the 2 weeks. I work monday ,tuesday, friday, saturday and sunday on week 1, then wednesday and thursday week 2. anyway my question is that my employer is forcing me to work my colleague's shifts as well as my own when she is on holidays which could mean I work 14 shifts or more without a night off. Is he legally right in making me do this? Also as I and my colleague work alone at night we get no proper breaks

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    Q: I take full responsibility for being late to work by 3 hours, it was my own fault but I am worried I may be fired over it. I have a disciplinary hearing tommorrow about it. I have never been late before or had any warnings etc and have been with the company for 3.5 years. Please advise

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    Q: I was employed on a fixed term contract for 16 months. At the end of this time the post was re-advertised. A colleague, from another section who already had a permanent contract, was awarded the one year fixed term contract. There was no performance related issues during my period of employment. The colleagues previous post was not advertised and I was informed that it would be dealt with internally. Is this practice above board?

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    Q: Hi, Am I entitled to feedback and a copy of my scoresheet (used during interview) following interview?

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    Q: I have been working set days and times for the past nine months. I work two days a week. Previously I worked for this company 8 years, I went back after a baby and asked for two days a week, I am now nine months part time. without notice my boss emailed me a new rota starting in three days time. He has me in now three days although the same amount of hours, plus different days and different shift times, please help i have no childcare for a third day

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    Q: I've been with my current employer for over 3 years. When it came to booking holidays we could usually book anytime throughout the year providing there was enough cover. Now our employer has put up a notice to say we have to have all our holiday dates booked off on the calendar and handed to my manager for approval by the end of January. Can they do that? Thank You

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    Q: I have just found out that I am pregnant only 5 weeks and I am now into the 8 month of an eighteen month contract with a company I love. I will be due at the end of August and there has been talk of making me permanent as the company seem very happy with me and I have had very positive feedback - however they are creating a role for me. I am worried that now I am pregnant my contract will be terminated when I finish for maternity leave which would be mid August. What advice can you give, what rights do I have and do you have any suggestions about ways I can do the best by my employer - I very much want to be kept on.

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    Q: Hi I have worked for the company for 3 years and I was placed on part time (3 days a week) last June,following a 5 month lay off period. Again I was placed on lay off 4 weeks ago 1) Am I entitled to the 3 public holidays over the festive season 2)Will my redundancy (statory)be affected due to the lay off and reduction in hours. Thanks in advance

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    Q: My company is being bought out by another I was told we would be doing the same jobs. We had to take a ten per cent pay cut last year and I have now been told that we are going to work in the new company with this wage beung set as our "new" salary. Also, our lunch is being reduced by 15 minutes. Can you tell me what our rights are in this - we were told about this on Friday and we are to start on the 17th January? Thanks.

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    Q: I am just after going on illness benefit and am being told that I am going to be made redundant. Am I entitled to redundancy payment still?

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    Q: I work part time 24hrs a wk in a barbers so as you know standing all day long cutting hair in the one spot. Anyway no one ever takes the 15 min breaks including myself in which were intitled to, as our boss is very contrary infact she has never even mentioned it to us. Anyway there are times I have stood cutting hair from 9.30am to 3.00pm non stop and still she will only give you a half hr break. Unfortunately I smoke so I may step out side for 1 to 2 smokes through out the day,it takes less than 2 mins to smoke a cigarette,so I'm not even taking my 15 mins break each time in that regard. Is my employers rules right in this situation? because it definitely doesn't feel right. My other co workers don't even smoke and they too only get a half hr break after working an 8 hr shift per day and nothing else.

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    Q: I have just started a new job in a restaurant where I was required to do a trial shift. I was asked to go in for a few hours. A few hours turned into seven hours and when I asked the owner how much I was to be paid for the evening, I was told the trial shift is unpaid. Is this legal?

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    Q: I am a trainee hairdresser, but do not get designated tea breaks in the morning or afternoon. My lunchbreak is the same too, as we all work throughout the day as we are very busy with customers. Am I entitled to both these breaks in my working contract and job description?

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    Q: Can my employer tell me to take a week off without pay because business has decreased. This was done summarily without any prior notice

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    Q: I hope u can help me out.. I'm working with a company over a year now. I was hired as a store manager earning 34 k a year andapproxhalf hour from my home so I moved house closer to workapproxtenminsfrom the job... Anyway they have cut my wages to 25k and sent me to a different store on 25k a year and as a sales assistant. Also now I'm travelling to a diffErent county and driving 120 km per day can they do this ? thanks in advance

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    Q: I have been out sick for 3 years,what are my entitlement and rights when i return.How will my length of service be calculated i started in 2000.

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    Q: My maternity leave is almost finished and I have to bring my baby to the creche. The ones in my area open at 8 am so I would need to start my working day at 8.30 instead of 8am. I am still waiting for a response from my company but can they deny my request? Thanks.

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    Q: How do I go about laying staff off for the Christmas period? We have a section in their contract that they may be laid off if there is a downturn in the business. We would need to lay people off for 8 days.

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    Q: My husband was asked to take a pay cut he was told this was voluntary and my husband said no because he had already taken a pay cut a few months prior. He heard nothing back from his employer so he assumed that the paycut would no go ahead. However it did go ahead a few weeks later without my husbands knowledge, he has tried to consult his employers but has not received an answer. Where his employers legally able to cut his wages without his consent and if not where does my husband stand regarding this situation?.

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    Q: Hi I am just wondering, I work a 3 day week Mon,Tues & Wednesday usually. I need to take Monday off next week and I dont have many holidays left to take can so I wanted to take it as unpaid. Our accounts department laughed at me and said "NO WAY" it must be taken as a holiday. Is this true?

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    Q: I have been made redundent from my job, but my employer is bringing in agency people to do the same work, is this legal

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    Q: My career break comes to an end this month and I have been told there is no vacancy for me to return to. the company have offered voluntary redundancies and I want to know am I entitled to apply for redundancy since they have no job for me to go back to.

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    Q: I have been with the company for 6 month now - am I allowed to take a paid maternity leave? what does the law say?

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    Q. I have been in my current role for 2 months and have yet to receive a contract of employment. I work in the retail sector and half expected that I should receive a contract. Can you let me know firstly, if I’m entitled to a contract and secondly what rights I have without this?