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27.04.2017

Limits Applied to Annual Leave Claims Under Working Time Legislation

The Labour Court recently issued an interesting recommendation regarding annual leave for employees in Ireland. The case of Tapastreet Ltd -v- Joseph Mitchell was initially heard by an adjudication officer in the Workplace Relations Commissions in November 2015. Mr Mitchell claimed his former employer had breached the Working Time Act by not paying him outstanding...

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27.04.2017

How to Implement English-Only Speaking Policies

When managing a multi-cultural workforce, dealing with different languages can prove challenging for many employers. Although language is not a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 1998 – 2015, race discriminations claims can be raised on the grounds of nationality. It is important that employers have non-discriminatory, objective justification for imposing an English-only speaking policy...

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27.04.2017

Employment Rights of Au Pairs and Other Domestic Workers

Since the landmark case last year where a Spanish Au Pair was deemed an employee by the Workplace Relations Commission and awarded €9,229, there has been an influx of similar claims taken which has led to a lot of publicity in the media around the topic. Concerns have been raised that foreign nationals working in...

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27.04.2017

Is There a Difference Between Bullying and Harassment?

Bullying and harassment are closely related. However, they do differ and it is important for employers to understand the difference between the two and to investigate formal complaints from employees under the correct procedure.   The Code of Practice on the Prevention of Workplace Bulling made under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act,...

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24.03.2017

EU Decision on Banning Headscarves in the Workplace

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employers can implement a ban on employees wearing headscarves in the workplace. The first of two cases brought before the ECJ concerned a woman who was employed as a receptionist by G4S Secure Solutions. After being employed by the company for three years, the claimant decided...

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08.03.2017

International Women’s Day Interview with Moira Grassick

  I had the pleasure of sitting down with Moira Grassick to speak to her about her career and how she has become the successful woman that she is today. As always, Moira is open, approachable and honest, just like the way she is on an everyday basis in the office. Joining Graphite in 2012,...

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02.03.2017

How to manage an employee working unauthorised over-time

As an employer, it is important to know what hours your employees are working each week, in order to ensure we are compliant with employment legislation. The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 sets out the maximum hours an employee can work each week. If you have an employee who works several hours overtime every...

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02.03.2017

Case Study: Whistleblower awarded €30,000

Background of the case The employee appealed to the Tribunal following a recommendation from the Rights Commissioner under the Unfair Dismissal Act, 1977 to 2007.   The respondent provides cleaning, maintenance and security to clients. The claimant worked in the property side of the business. There were two property managers, the claimant and his colleague working...

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02.03.2017

The benefits of employee well-being for your business

Employee wellbeing has become an increasingly popular subject over the past number of years. Having a workforce who are healthy, productive and motivated can have a positive impact on the overall effectiveness of your business. When we talk about wellbeing we are not only referring to physical sickness, we are also looking at mental and...

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02.02.2017

Question of the Month – Can an employee refuse to work while they have a grievance with the company?

Employers need to be very active when dealing with or responding to grievances of employees. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as a legitimate health and safety concern, employees are not entitled to refrain from work following the lodgement of a grievance with the employer. Where the employee exhausts the internal process, and the outcome...

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