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21.08.2019

Government to consider giving employees a ‘right to disconnect’

Reports have emerged that the government is considering a range of flexible work options including a right to disconnect from work emails. More and more employees receive mobile devices as part of their terms and conditions of employment. This increasing digitisation of the Irish workforce has blurred the line between work life and personal life....

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14.08.2019

Deliveroo calls for new ‘charter for secure and flexible work’

9 to 5 employment is in danger. It’s on the clock, and time is ticking. It’s having to battle with the growth of more flexible working arrangements. ‘Gig’ style employment, for example, is on the rise, with companies like Deliveroo driving its growth. Deliver who? Deliveroo is an online food delivery company who first took...

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07.08.2019

Long-running reasonable accommodation case returned to Labour Court

The Supreme Court recently delivered its judgment in the long-running case of Marie Daly v Nano Nagle School. In reversing the decision of the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court held that the duty to provide reasonable accommodation to a disabled employee will not be satisfied by an employer that separates tasks from essential duties...

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07.08.2019

Crackdown on bogus self-employment underway

  Government crackdown on bogus self-employment Reports have emerged that the Department of Social Protection and Employment Affairs is working on developing new measures to tackle bogus self-employment. Independent ‘professional’ contractors in focus The issue of bogus self-employment tends to arise when employers are trying to reduce costs. It can be more cost-effective for businesses...

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07.08.2019

Government approves new rules on employee ‘tips’

  Government approves new rules on employee ‘tips’ Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD, announced this month that the government has approved draft legislation that will regulate employer practices around tips and gratuities. The Minister’s announcement came in response to reports suggesting that a minority of employers have been using tips...

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07.08.2019

Retirement risks remain high

  Update retirement policies to avoid age discrimination risks Recent Irish research has found that although 67% of workers believe they will need to work beyond the age of 66, only 28% of workers actually want to work beyond the age of 66. As working lives grow longer, employers that are unprepared to handle queries...

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07.08.2019

Unpaid parental leave entitlement extended from September

  Parental leave changes in effect from 1st September Last year, we brought you news of a proposal to increase employee entitlements to unpaid parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks. The draft legislation was signed into law during the summer and the first step of a two-stage extension of unpaid parental leave will come...

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07.08.2019

Retailer ordered to pay €15,000 in harassment case

    Failure to translate investigation policy into practice proves costly The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has ordered a retailer to award €15,000 to a sales assistant to compensate her for being harassed by a more senior colleague. Harassment The employee submitted evidence that her immediate manager placed his hand on her chest, pulled up...

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08.07.2019

#GraphiteConference2019 – Speaker Spotlight: Lauren Kierans

    The Graphite HRM Annual Conference is back for 2019, and we are extremely proud and excited to announce the stellar line-up of speakers that we have in store. To start preparing and looking forward to our conference, we will be putting a spotlight on each of the speakers, to get to know them...

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08.07.2019

#GraphiteConference2019 – Speaker Spotlight: Siobhan Kinsella

    The Graphite HRM Annual Conference is back for 2019, and we are extremely proud and excited to announce the stellar line-up of speakers that we have in store. To start preparing and looking forward to our conference, we will be putting a spotlight on each of the speakers, to get to know them...

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