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01.04.2020

Latest lockdown rules: Essential workers permitted to travel for work

If you would like further complimentary advice on the coronavirus from an expert, our advisors are ready to take your call. Call us on 01 886 0350 or request a callback here. Our coronavirus blog also contains the most up-to-date advice for employers and the latest news. On Friday, March 27th, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the latest...

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01.04.2020

How to handle the coronavirus outbreak

31/03/20 On Friday, March 27th, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the latest government restriction in the fight against coronavirus, advising that everyone should stay at home until April 12th, 2020. That is unless your business provides an essential service. If so, your employees are still permitted to travel to and from work. To find out more,...

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25.03.2020

Tips to keep remote workers happy and healthy

The coronavirus crisis has thrown up a host of new challenges for Irish employers. Not all businesses will be in a position to have staff work from home, that’s just the reality of the situation. However, remote working is being used more and more to keep employees at work during a time when everyone needs...

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18.03.2020

Do you have work from home policies in place?

The coronavirus has affected countries, families and businesses the world over in ways unseen for decades. Everyone has taken a hit and for your business, that could mean having to revamp your working procedures and policies One of those policies will be your working from home policy. Do you have one in place? Or, are...

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11.03.2020

St Patrick’s Day: Have you prepared for absenteeism?

St Patrick’s Day parades throughout the island of Ireland have been cancelled because of the coronavirus. Despite this, many employees may still have plans to celebrate. And, if their fun goes too far, you could find yourself down several staff members. And as you’re well aware, increased absence can cause its fair share of problems....

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05.03.2020

Is it time to put a remote work policy in place?

It’s now common knowledge that the number of coronavirus cases worldwide continues to grow. For employers, the possibility of having to ask employees to work from home is becoming all the more real. A recent HR survey revealed that the number of employees in the ‘flexi-workforce’ has increased by 50% in the last two years....

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26.02.2020

Workplace accidents: Can you afford to ignore procedures?

Despite improvements in employers adhering to Irish and European health & safety regulations, workplace accidents are still common. A mistake often made is to only associate workplace accidents with the construction industry. However, work injuries also include slips, trips and falls. That means that no industry, or business, is safe from a potential claim. Workplace...

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19.02.2020

The persistent problem that is long-term sick leave

Long-term sick leave is an employee issue most employers will have to handle at some point. Cases of unfair dismissal that relate to long-term absence often pop up in the news too. In fact, the Workplace Relations Commission recently dismissed a claim by a public service employee who missed 400 days of work during 2016...

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12.02.2020

10 tips for handling an office romance

You may remember a particular story that broke late last year about a high-profile office romance. Fast-food giant McDonald’s had fired their CEO for engaging in a consensual relationship with a colleague. This, McDonald’s said, “demonstrated poor judgement” on his part. While it’s not surprising that many relationships begin in the office, workplace romance can...

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05.02.2020

€93,498 award in gender discrimination ruling

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently demonstrated the high price of losing a gender-based discrimination claim when it awarded a schoolteacher €93,498 compensation after she was overlooked for a school principal position in favour of a male colleague. The basis of the claim Ms Pamela Brennan made her discrimination claim against BOM Scoil Mhuire agus...

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