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10.10.2018

Budget 2019 – Key Takeaways for Employers and Employees

  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced last night that Budget 2019 would make a real difference in people’s lives by putting money back in people’s pockets. Increases in social welfare payments were pledged along with reductions in USC and income tax. Family-friendly measures which seek to make childcare more affordable were also promised. The clear message...

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03.10.2018

Shared Maternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2018

The Shared Maternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2018 was proposed in July of this year. If enacted, it will allow pregnant women to share their normal 26 weeks’ maternity leave with a “relevant parent”. A relevant parent is defined as “the father of the child, the spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of the mother of...

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03.10.2018

October Public Holiday is Approaching – Are All of Your Employees Entitled to a Day Off?

Governed by the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, the last Monday in October is designated a Public Holiday. This calendar year the above holiday will fall on Monday 29th October 2018. All full-time employees are entitled to remuneration for the public holiday irrespective of length of service. Part-time employees are also entitled to the...

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03.10.2018

Will Paid Parental Leave be Introduced?

The Government Budget 2019 is expected to introduce two weeks’ paid parental leave. The introduction of the paid leave will mean mothers and fathers will have two weeks’ paid parental leave to take within 12 months of the birth of the child. Similar to maternity and paternity leave there will be no obligation for employers...

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02.10.2018

WRC Finds Dismissal of “Moonlighting” LUAS Driver to be Fair

A recent ruling by the WRC in the case of a LUAS driver who was ‘Moonlighting’ as a taxi driver highlights the need for employers to put in place a policy on Double Employment or Moonlighting and potentially make it a grounds for gross misconduct where the risks involved with a person working excessive hours...

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28.09.2018

Sunday Premiums Rates of Pay – What is “Reasonable”?

  The provision of compensation for work on Sundays pursuant to section 14 of the Organisation of Working Time Act (OWTA), 1997, sets out that the amount paid to staff for working Sundays must be “reasonable… having regard to all the circumstances”. Over the past 12 months the Labour Court has made the following determinations...

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05.09.2018

The Use of Conciliation Within Ryanair

  Ryanair has been a major focus in the Irish labour market recently as news broke that a deal had been struck after a long period of negotiation. But how did they get there? A process, namely conciliation, was used to gain an agreement over the dispute regarding seniority issues and base transfers over the...

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03.09.2018

GDPR Subject Access Requests

I have received a subject access request asking for “all” personal data from a current employee. How do I deal with this? Under the Data Protection Act 2018, individuals can make a Subject Access Request (SAR) to their employer to access their personal data. Employers should have an accessible policy to deal with such requests....

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31.08.2018

New Motivation Test in Whistleblowing

  The European Union (Protection of Trade Secrets) Regulation 2018 was implemented on 9 June 2018 and introduces an amendment to the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 deals with the protection of employees who suffer a detriment as a result of disclosing wrongdoings, which have come to their attention in connection...

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30.08.2018

Employer Loses €7,500 for Employee Working Excessive Hours Outside of Normal Working Time

  Grainne O’Hara v Kepak Convenience Foods Unlimited Background Ms. O’Hara (the complainant) who was employed as a Business Development Executive for Kepak (the respondent), took a claim under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, for working in excess of an average of 48 hours per week. The complainant was checking and responding to...

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