Avoiding legal pitfalls

Zero hour contracts and travel to work for mobile workers are just two issues to be tackled at a breakfast seminar being hosted by leading law firm Arthur Cox with employers group Manufacturing NI at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown this Thursday, December 10.

The event is aimed at offering companies an in-depth briefing on how best to navigate sector-specific legal pitfalls.

Emma-Jane Flannery, employment law associate at Arthur Cox’s Belfast office, will discuss topics such as the National Living Wage and calculating holiday pay, which are currently presenting major challenges to manufacturing firms.

The firm will also provide advice on the use of zero hours workers and highlight lessons from recent cases. An update on the new apprenticeship levy will be provided, which is to be imposed on businesses with a wage bill of more than £3 million, as announced by the Chancellor in the recent Spending Review.

“An extensive range of hot topics have come to the fore recently which are presenting major legal challenges across the manufacturing sector,” said Ms Flannery.

“It is vital that anyone dealing with HR issues is fully aware of these changes to employment law which could impact their business.

“Dealing with travel time for mobile workers is a particularly pertinent issue following a recent EU ruling which has implications for employers in Northern Ireland with mobile workforces, such as sales teams and field based staff.”