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22.11.2017

Mediation Act 2017

The Mediation Act 2017 was enacted in October 2017. The Act is to be used to solve disputes through mediation rather than through the Courts. Mediation is a process whereby the parties to a dispute, in the presence of a third party mediator, meet to discuss, negotiate and hopefully settle upon an agreement. This is...

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03.11.2017

Change of Minister Who Needs to be Notified of Collective Redundancy

  As per section 12 of The Protection of Employment Act 1977, employers are obliged to notify the Minister during a collective redundancy. The notification must take place at the earliest possible opportunity and at least 30 days before the first dismissal takes effect.   Since 1st September 2017, the notification for collective redundancies should...

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02.11.2017

Mothers of Premature Babies to Be Given Extended Maternity Leave

  The Government have announced that mothers of premature babies will receive additional maternity leave from 1st October 2017. Maternity leave is governed by the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 – 2004. At present, a pregnant employee is entitled to a basic entitlement of 26 weeks maternity leave, known as ordinary maternity leave, as well as...

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27.10.2017

WRC Inspections – What Employers Need to Know

  Over the last number of months, there has been a rise in inspections by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). Many inspections are to ensure compliance with immigration requirements along with overall compliance with employment legislation.   The primary function of the WRC is to inform employers and employees of their respective responsibilities and entitlements....

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26.10.2017

How to Deal with Complaints of Sexual Harassment

The investigations into the alleged sexual assaults against Harvey Weinstein have highlighted the importance of employers having harassment, sexual harassment and bullying policies in place. It’s important that employers make it known to employees that all reported complaints will be taken seriously, handled in a confidential, sensitive manner and fair, transparent and thorough investigations will be...

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18.10.2017

3 Ways to Stop Presenteeism Hurting Your Business

  What is Presenteeism? Sometimes called ‘sickness presence’, it’s when one of your employees shows up to work ill and is unproductive. Often, the result is that you and your team have to help out while keeping on top of your own work, which isn’t easy. And if that sounds all too familiar, you’re not...

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28.09.2017

Retract a Job Offer?

Can Employers Safely Retract a Job Offer? The question of whether or not employers can safely retract an offer of employment is quite common. During the recruitment process, employers should be aware of their obligation to comply with employment equality legislation. If an offer of employment is offered and later retracted due to reasons relating...

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28.09.2017

Falsification of Employment Records

Falsification of Employment Records The revelation that more than 1.45 million roadside breath tests recorded across Ireland by members of An Garda Síochána never took place at all has sent shockwaves through the country. The ensuing controversy has shone the spotlight now, not just on the Gardaí, but on firms across all sectors in Ireland...

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28.09.2017

Annual Leave

Planning Annual Leave Planning annual leave is essential in order for a company to operate efficiently.  We have seen the massive impact the mismanagement of annual leave can have on a company, as proven by Ryanair’s “mess up of Pilots annual leave”. There are a number of different ways employers can ensure they don’t experience...

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19.09.2017

Changes to Zero Hour Contracts

Changes to Zero Hour Contracts On May 2nd 2017 the Irish Government approved draft legislative proposals brought forward by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, and the Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen, in response to the commitment in the Programme for Government to address problems caused by the...

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