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01.05.2019

Farmer ordered to pay €31,000 for dismissal of employee with MS

    Farmer ordered to pay €31,000 compensation to employee with MS A farm manager with multiple sclerosis recently made a successful claim for unfair dismissal against his former employer. The employee began his employment with the farmer as a general operative on 1st January 1993. Over the course of his employment, he was appointed...

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01.05.2019

Question of the month – casual contracts post-Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act

    Question of the month   Can I hire staff on casual contracts if I only need the worker for a few hours per week? Many employers have asked us this question since the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2018 (the Act) came into force in March this year. The Act prohibits zero hour contracts...

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01.05.2019

Employer ordered to pay €15,000 for pregnancy-related dismissal

    €15,000 award in pregnancy-related dismissal The employee worked as a training coordinator for a healthcare provider employer. She began working on 1 November 2016. Her employment was terminated on 30 November 2017 which she claimed was linked to her pregnancy. The employer argued that the position was being made redundant as it could...

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01.05.2019

New paid parental leave scheme to start in November

    Paid parental leave to start in November The introduction of paid parental leave was signposted by the government last October when it announced that a paid parental leave scheme would be introduced by November 2019. Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan recently published the general scheme of the relevant implementing legislation which...

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01.05.2019

How garden leave can protect your business

    Garden leave – A vital protection when key employees leave the business Most readers will be aware that corporate governance issues within the Football Association of Ireland have led to John Delaney ‘stepping down’ from his role with the organisation. While it is unclear what exactly John Delaney’s current employment position is, it...

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02.04.2019

Question of the month – Part-time employee public holiday entitlements

    Question – what are part-time employees’ public holiday entitlements? After the recent St. Patrick’s Day long weekend, and the imminent arrival of the public holiday season, over Easter, May and June, a question many employers will have is: what are my part-time employees’ public holiday entitlements? The law Public holiday entitlements are set...

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02.04.2019

Mandatory retirement risks

    Rising age discrimination risk The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has seen an increase in the number of age discrimination cases in recent years. Why is this? Mandatory retirement challenges Better health in older age is leading to longer working lives. An aging Irish workforce and the increase in the state...

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02.04.2019

€35,000 award for dismissal of whistle-blower

    Care centre ordered to award €35,000 to whistleblower The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently awarded €35,000 to a nurse in a residential care centre for unfair dismissal. The case involved a voluntary body employer that was reliant on government funding to run a large care centre employing 420 staff. The Adjudication Officer (AO)...

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02.04.2019

The welfare meeting and long-term absence

    Welfare meetings and long-term absence Effective management of long-term absence is essential for businesses of all sizes. As an employer, you must strike a balance between the competing demands of discharging your duty of care towards your employees and your right to run a successful business. When do I need to hold a...

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02.04.2019

Bogus self-employment in government cross hairs

    Cabinet to review bogus self-employment proposals Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Regina Doherty recently announced that she will make proposals to Cabinet that a new standalone team is put in place to investigate alleged incidents of bogus self-employment in large companies along with complex cases involving the practice. Recent employment law...

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