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How to handle the coronavirus outbreak

The information in this blog is correct as of 26th February 2020.  There is yet to be a confirmed case of coronavirus in Ireland. However, it’s a situation that’s quickly evolving and one that employers, who have a duty of care to protect the health & safety of their workforce, need to be wary of....

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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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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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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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€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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No-fault dismissal leads to €250,000 award

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently ordered a tech company to pay a massive €250,000 compensation payment to a former senior executive. The employer’s defence centred on the fact that it had exercised its right to terminate the employee on notice within the terms of the employment contract. Facts The claimant began work with the...

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Forced retirement costs RTÉ €100,000

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently ordered the state broadcaster to pay €100,000 to a former senior producer for age-related discrimination. The decision highlights the serious risks employers face if they mishandle an employee’s retirement. Our ageing workforce The RTÉ case should be viewed in the context of an ageing Irish workforce. Not only are...

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Graphite Cork office official opening

We’re delighted to announce that as of today, January 16th, our new office on South Mall, Cork City has officially opened. We’re very excited to have a new Cork hub that will help us deliver our full range of HR services to businesses throughout the Munster area. To learn more about our services, click here.

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How to retain your top employees this year

Now that the new year is underway, you’re probably easing yourself back into your regular business routine. While your desk may still be neat and tidy, there are issues you’ll soon have to handle. One of those is retaining your best employees. We say that because January and February are busy months for jobseekers. Without...

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How to reduce the risk of workplace bullying

Because bullying in the workplace is sometimes difficult to identify, it poses a particularly problematic HR challenge for many organisations. Workplace bullies often employ subtle tactics to undermine colleagues and the victims of bullying don’t always feel comfortable reporting incidents. This is why it’s so important to have strong anti-bullying policies and procedures in place....

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