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Think time: The simple practice that breeds innovation

We are living in an always-on world. It feels like every minute of our workday is filled with a meeting, a phone call, an email, and catching up on an overdue task. Outside work hours, life continues apace. We rush to the bus or train, squeeze in an hour at the gym, and then race...

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New entitlement to benefit parents

The Government has published a new bill that will be of particular interest to parents. The Parent’s Leave and Benefit Bill 2019 (the Bill) will allow parents of new-borns to enjoy an extra two weeks paid leave. It will apply to parents of babies born or adopted from November 1st 2019 onwards. This Bill is...

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€55,000 awarded to employee in pregnancy-related discrimination case

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently ruled on the second of two high-profile pregnancy-related discrimination cases. Both cases highlight the risks your organisation faces for failing to comply with maternity protection laws. Pleading ignorance is no defence so if you don’t take the time to understand maternity protection laws, you could face a similar fate....

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“I’m liable? But it happened at the Christmas party?”

As the Christmas party season approaches, it’s important that employers have the necessary policies and procedures in place to deal with post-party allegations. Even if something happened at an event outside of the office, you, the employer, could still be liable. In this case, you need to know how to manage the process. What does...

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WRC rules on long-term absence case

You generally allow for employees missing one or two days’ work through sickness. If it’s a bad dose, you can lose an employee for a week. Occasionally you may even need to manage a long-term absence. A recent Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ruling in a long-term absence case shows the importance of fair procedures when...

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Don’t let World Cup fever infect your workplace

The Rugby World Cup 2019 is well underway, with some fantastic performances already making it a memorable tournament. While the timing of the games suits those who work 9 to 5, weekend workers, and employers, may face one or two issues. What position should I take? You need to decide where you stand during the...

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Could flexible work solve your retention problem?

  Flexible work practices are in demand. Research indicates that 87% of employees would like to work in a more flexible manner. With labour market conditions remaining very tight, some employers have begun to use flexible work practices as a strategic tool to attract and retain talented employees. Examples of flexible work practices include: Part-time...

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High bar to jump for employees seeking injunctive relief

A recent Court of Appeal decision highlights the difficulties employees will encounter in securing an injunction relating to their employment. Broadly speaking, an employee will only succeed in securing an employment injunction as a temporary measure before a full hearing into an alleged breach of their employment contract. The employee’s application for injunctive relief in...

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€61,000 award in pregnancy discrimination case

  A number of recent decisions indicate that employers continue to misunderstand or ignore their employees’ right to return to work after maternity leave. In the most recent decision, the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ordered a rental company to pay €61,000 to a general manager. The WRC determined she was ‘effectively demoted’ when she returned...

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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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