International HR Day 2024

Monday May 20th is International HR Day, a day which celebrates the crucial role that human resource professionals play in creating thriving, supportive, and effective work environments. The role of HR has transformed significantly over the years. What was once seen primarily as a function focused on administrative tasks such as contracts and payroll, Human […]

Work Related Social Events

If we can learn anything from Partygate, it’s the importance of being clear with employees around your expectations of them during work-related social events. Work-related social events provide opportunities for employees to build relationships, strengthen teamwork, and promote a healthy work-life balance. Having a policy which outlines the guidelines and expectations for all work-related social […]

Challenging Pregnancy Discrimination in NI

Where Pregnancy discrimination exists, it can cast a long shadow over the professional lives of women. In Northern Ireland, despite legal protections in place, such as those outlined in the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 pregnancy discrimination persists in many workplaces. From discriminatory hiring practices to unjust treatment and even dismissal, pregnant women often […]

Stormont Return: Three Ways Employment Law May Change

Government has once again been restored in Northern Ireland, as the DUP ended their 2-year boycott of the devolved institutions. Over the coming weeks and months, we are likely to see some decisions and changes which have far-reaching impacts on workers’ rights, businesses and employment law. Here are some of the things we will be […]

Win A Free Relationship MOT

This Winter, Copacetic recognise the emotional and well-being impacts that the Cost of Living Crisis is having on people, especially during the festive period. One of the things that we have been able to do is provide financial support to Relate NI, Northern Ireland’s leading Relationship Support Charity, in order to help them to Relieve […]

Loneliness At Work: A Growing Issue?

Guest Blog: Kellie O’Dowd, Relate NI Development Manager We have all had very different experiences in terms of the pandemic; a sort of ‘Carona Coaster’ of experiences. Many organisations and workplaces like my own have now returned to the office on a full-time or hybrid-working capacity. While this is working effectively for many employees in […]

Employment Legislation Passed in Final Hours of Assembly

A range of new legislation has been passed in the final hours of the Stormont mandate which will impact businesses in Northern Ireland. We have broken down this new legislation to help explain what it means for businesses as well as when the new laws come into effect. Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act (Northern […]

5 Things All Employers Can Learn From The P&O Ferries Scandal

P&O Ferries dominated the news last Thursday when 800 British crew members were sacked via a prerecorded video message and replaced by cheaper agency workers. Many questions are being asked surrounding the legality of this mass sacking and what actions dismissed employees can take against the company. 1. Fire and Rehire Dismissal and reengagement (or […]

Gender Bias in the Workplace

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th each year and this year the theme is Break the Bias. Gender bias is a preference of one gender over another and can occur when certain stereotypes or prejudice results in individuals treating males and females differently. For example, a hiring manager may be put off hiring […]

Romantic Relationships in the Workplace

This Valentine’s Day we are discussing an often-debated topic of romantic relationships in the workplace. With employees spending most of their day in the workplace, it is natural to develop close relationships with fellow colleagues and sometimes these relationships develop into the romantic kind. A survey by Totaljobs of nearly 6,000 UK workers revealed that […]