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07.02.2018

Request for Part-Time Working – What Employers Need to Know

In Ireland, under the Code of Practice on Access to Part-Time Work, 2006, prepared by the Labour Relations Commission, it is now considered best practice for employers to ensure they have a policy in place to improve access to part-time work for their employees. The aim of this code is to encourage both employers and...

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07.02.2018

The New Retirement Code of Practice

  Retirement was a much talked about HR topic in 2017 so it not surprising that the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) have published a Code of Practice on Retirement. Codes of Practice are in place to set out written rules which define how persons or bodies must act in given situations. The Retirement Code of Practice...

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01.02.2018

Statutory Maternity Leave & Pay in NI – What Employers Need to Know

  In Northern Ireland, a woman’s entitlements in respect of statutory maternity leave (SML) and statutory maternity pay (SMP) are set out in the Employment Rights (NI) Order 1996, the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations (NI) 1999, as amended, the Statutory Maternity Pay (General) Regulations (NI) 1987, as amended, the Work and Families (NI)...

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21.12.2017

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017

An Employer’s Obligation to Issue Contracts of Employment to Employees At present, the Terms of Employment Information Act 1994 sets out an employer’s obligation to provide a written statement of employment, within two months of an employee’s start date. On 7th December 2017 the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, published the...

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21.12.2017

Carer’s Leave – What Employers Need to Know

In Ireland, the Carer’s Leave Act 2001 permits employees to leave their employment for a temporary and defined period of time to enable that employee to provide full-time care and attention for a dependent. The period of time spent away from their employment for this purpose is known as carer’s leave. The minimum carer’s leave...

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21.12.2017

Case Review: Dismissal under Dignity at Work Policy Upheld by the WRC

Summary of the Respondent’s Case A complaint was raised to the respondent regarding a breach of the company’s Dignity & Respect at Work policy. Training had been provided to all employees on the policy. Following an investigation and formal disciplinary, the complainant was dismissed by way of a letter for gross misconduct. The respondent stated...

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21.12.2017

National Minimum Wage Increase 2018

From 1st January 2018, The Minimum Wage in Ireland is set to increase to €9.55 an hour. This is a 30cent increase from the previous National Minimum Wage, which was €9.25.   The national minimum wage is governed by the National Minimum Wage Act, 2000. The minimum wage applies to all workers except certain apprentices...

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20.12.2017

Question of the Month – “What Do I Do If My Staff Say They Cannot Come to Work Due to Inclement Weather?”

During the winter months, employees may contact their employer to state that snow, ice or serious flooding will prevent their attendance at work. This could be the result of road closures, dangerous road conditions, or cancellation of public transport services due to the prevailing weather conditions. During severe weather, employees have no automatic right in...

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05.12.2017

Doctor Successfully Granted High Court Injunction Preventing His Employer from Enforcing Mandatory Retirement

At present, there is no compulsory retirement age in Ireland. The Employment Equality (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 2015 does, however, allow for employers to set mandatory retirement ages. In order for an employer to have a mandatory retirement policy, they must be able to objectively justify the need for the retirement age policy. It is vital...

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04.12.2017

Construction Sector SEO

  SI No 455 of 2017 Sectoral Employment Order (Construction Sector) 2017 was signed into law on 19th October 2017, by Minister Pat Breen. The order sets out the statutory minimum pay, pension and sick pay entitlements for craftsmen, construction operatives and apprentices employed in the Construction Sector. It is the first Sectoral Employment Order...

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