Red-Circling: A Defence Against Discrimination Claims?

Posted in : Supplementary Articles ROI on 16 July 2010
Aoife Bradley
LK Shields
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Protecting salary levels for some employees in times of change is a common enough occurrence. We asked Aoife Bradley of LK Shields Solicitors to give us an idea of the dangers for employers who take the step of red-circling salaries.

A. Introduction - What is Red-Circling?

There is no legal definition of what constitutes “red-circling” – it is an industrial relations practice rather than a legal term.

In essence, red-circling is the practice of protecting the pay of individuals and it can arise in a number of different circumstances – to include for example:-

1. In cases of illness, personal or family reasons where an employee is moved to lighter duties but remains on the rate of pay of their

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Aoife Bradley
LK Shields

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