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28.02.2019

How to prevent bribery from affecting your workplace

Bribery risks As an employer, you may find that an employee of yours has been offered gifts or hospitality from a third party which is linked to the employee’s work with your organisation. There is a risk that such offers are sometimes made to induce your employees to provide that third party with a commercial,...

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28.02.2019

WRC orders reinstatement of bus driver

Allegation of theft The claimant was employed on a part-time basis as a school bus driver. The bus company employer summarily dismissed the driver over allegations of theft in August 2017. The employer alleged that the driver removed wheel rims from company premises without permission. The employee did not deny that he removed the wheel...

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28.02.2019

New minimum wage rules in effect from 4th March

New minimum wage rules in effect from 4th March The National Minimum Wage Acts which provide for lower national minimum wage rates for young people and trainees will be updated in March. The coming into force of the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2018 on 4th March will simplify the minimum wage rates based on age...

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28.02.2019

Zero hour contract ban in force from 4th March

New working time laws come into force on March 4th The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 (the 2018 Act) will amend one of the central pieces of Irish employment legislation, the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 (OWTA). From the 4th March, 2019 the changes to the OWTA will come into force introducing a prohibition...

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28.02.2019

Employers must issue “Day 5” statements from 4th March

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 (the 2018 Act) will come into force on the 4th of March 2019. The 2018 Act introduces a number of important reforms which employers must comply with to avoid various penalties including criminal sanctions. The “Day 5” Statement Perhaps the most important reform for you to note is the...

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05.02.2019

Employment law reforms come into effect in March

Prepare your organisation in advance of employment law reforms that commence in March The President signed the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2018 (the Act) into law on Christmas day last year. This new employment law introduces numerous changes that all ROI employers need to actively prepare for before the law comes into effect in March...

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05.02.2019

Whistleblowing: how does the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 work?

Whistleblowing: how does the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 work? The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 (the Act) aims to protect workers (both employees and non-employees such as trainees, agents, consultants for instance) against negative treatment arising from the disclosure of information that sheds light on acts of wrongdoing in the workplace. Why do we need whistleblowing...

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05.02.2019

WRC precluded from hearing unfair dismissal claim

WRC decision: employer wins settlement agreement dispute Employers concerned by the prospect of ex-employees challenging the validity of a signed settlement agreement will note the recent Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) determination of a claim by a catering assistant who argued that she did not receive legal advice prior to signing her settlement agreement. WRC jurisdiction...

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05.02.2019

Question of the month: absence due to long-term illness

Question of the month Question: I have an employee who has been absent from work due to illness for 6 months, what are my legal obligations and do I have to keep their position open? Your employees’ duty to make themselves available for work Firstly, your employees are bound by both implied and express terms...

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05.02.2019

Horse Racing Ireland granted working time exemption

Horse racing industry granted ‘agriculture’ exemption The European Communities (Organisation of Working Time) (General Exemptions) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (2018 Regulations) came into effect in Ireland on 19th December 2018. Prior to the 2018 Regulations coming into force, the horse racing industry did not fall under the ‘agriculture’ exemption in the Organisation of Working Time (General...

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