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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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National Minimum Wage 2020 update

On December 19th 2019, an announcement was made regarding the National Minimum Wage. So, what’s the news? Minimum wage increase in effect from February 1st The National Minimum Wage will surpass the €10 barrier for the first time in 2020. The minimum rate of pay will increase by €0.30 from €9.80 to €10.10 per hour....

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Overtime: Are you playing catch-up?

Christmas has passed but the busy season rumbles on. During the last few weeks, you may have experienced greater workloads and asked your employees to work overtime. If this sounds like your business, you need to make sure your staff receive certain entitlements under employment law. Don’t let overtime breach working time limits The Organisation...

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Managing sick pay and sick leave

The winter chill creates its fair share of coughs and colds. With sickness levels on the rise, your business needs to be ready for illness-related absences. Many employers don’t know their obligations when it comes to sick leave and sick pay. Spare yourself a holiday headache by learning how to manage employee illness and absence....

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“Do I pay staff if they don’t turn up due to adverse weather?”

That’s a question often asked by employers during the winter months. It’s a fair one too, given the number of storms and unexpected weather forecasts we experience. As with almost all employment scenarios, preparation is key. By putting a few policies and procedures in place before the tide turns, you can reduce the risk of...

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Can your employees carry over annual leave?

With the calendar year coming to an end, many businesses are already preparing for 2020. For a lot of businesses, that means a fresh annual leave calendar come January 1st. It’s important not to jump too far ahead, however. For instance, have your employees received their statutory annual leave entitlements for 2019? Have you provided...

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How to prepare for your Christmas party

Christmas is upon us once more and so is Christmas party season. That means that many employers will be treating their employees to a night out over the coming weeks. These parties mostly happen outside of work at an informal venue. Employees are in the festive spirit, everyone celebrates another successful year, and all seems...

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