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How to handle an influx of annual leave requests

By Marian Whelan Last updated: November 17th, 2021 When employees plan a holiday, they often tend to retain annual leave days for their break. Sometimes, serval employees within one business may try to book a large amount of annual leave during the same period, such as summer or Christmas. When that happens, it can be...

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Restrictions reintroduced: How will the new measures affect businesses?

By Kevin Callan Last updated: November 17th, 2021 The Irish Government has announced that new restrictions will be implemented on businesses in Ireland. These restrictions are coming into place in an effort to curtail the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. While the increase in COVID-19 cases in Ireland has been a cause for concern for everyone,...

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The office Christmas party memo: Employer responsibilities and employee conduct

By Kevin Callan Last updated: November 10th, 2021 And just like that, Christmas is upon us once again. With many office Christmas parties cancelled last year, they’re back on employers’ calendars again this year. And, while it’s great fun to celebrate with colleagues, it’s important that employee conduct doesn’t get out of hand… Employee misconduct: What...

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Bright Exchange: Grow your business today

Last updated: November 3rd, 2021 Bright Exchange – a thriving digital marketplace, is now available to Peninsula clients. So, not only do you free your business from risk, but you get the tools to grow it too. Read on to see how it works… New customers are waiting… With Bright Exchange, your business reaches tens...

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Graphite HRM Annual HR & Employment Law Conference 2022

By Kevin Callan Last updated: October 27th, 2021 On Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, Graphite HRM will hold our Annual HR & Employment Law Conference. This event is perfect for anyone from Directors to Human Resource professionals, with insightful presentations delivered by a panel of HR experts. HR insights and more It’s safe to say that the...

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Employer’s guide to the Organisation of Working Time Act

By Kevin Callan Last updated: October 20th, 2021 The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997. What is it and why does it matter? The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (the OWTA) regulates working hours for employees in Ireland and also covers breaks at work. There are, however, some exceptions to bear in mind… Employer responsibilities The...

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How to introduce flexible working arrangements

By Marian Whelan Last updated: October 13th, 2021 Flexible working arrangements are becoming more common in Ireland. And for good reason. Not only do they keep businesses fully operational when workplace workspace is tight, but the Government has also advised that employees should continue to work from home where possible. If you’re thinking of implementing...

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Do you have an effective workplace harassment policy in place?

By Marian Whelan Last updated: October 6th, 2021 Defence Forces representative associations PDFORRA and RACO recently met senior members of the Department of Defence to discuss conducting an independent review into alleged bullying. A spokesperson for the Department said that Minister for Defence Simon Coveney also has meetings scheduled with the associations in the next...

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What is TUPE?

By Paul O’Connor Last updated: September 29th, 2021 TUPE. What is it and what are the TUPE regulations in Ireland? Is it a straightforward process and why should you be aware of it? For answers to these important questions and a deeper dive into all things TUPE, read on… What is TUPE? TUPE is an...

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How an effective redundancy procedure can prevent a claim for unfair dismissal

By Kevin Callan Last updated: September 15th, 2021 Redundancy is never an easy situation to deal with. That goes for employer and employee. And yet, redundancies are part and parcel of working life. And because of that, it’s important that each redundancy situation is handled correctly and consistently. Not handling a redundancy fairly, or skipping certain...

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