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Employer’s guide to the Organisation of Working Time Act

By Kevin Callan Last updated: October 20th, 2021 The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997. What is it and why does it matter? The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (the OWTA) regulates working hours for employees in Ireland and also covers breaks at work. There are, however, some exceptions to bear in mind… Employer responsibilities The...

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How to introduce flexible working arrangements

By Marian Whelan Last updated: October 13th, 2021 Flexible working arrangements are becoming more common in Ireland. And for good reason. Not only do they keep businesses fully operational when workplace workspace is tight, but the Government has also advised that employees should continue to work from home where possible. If you’re thinking of implementing...

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Do you have an effective workplace harassment policy in place?

By Marian Whelan Last updated: October 6th, 2021 Defence Forces representative associations PDFORRA and RACO recently met senior members of the Department of Defence to discuss conducting an independent review into alleged bullying. A spokesperson for the Department said that Minister for Defence Simon Coveney also has meetings scheduled with the associations in the next...

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What is TUPE?

By Paul O’Connor Last updated: September 29th, 2021 TUPE. What is it and what are the TUPE regulations in Ireland? Is it a straightforward process and why should you be aware of it? For answers to these important questions and a deeper dive into all things TUPE, read on… What is TUPE? TUPE is an...

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How an effective redundancy procedure can prevent a claim for unfair dismissal

By Kevin Callan Last updated: September 15th, 2021 Redundancy is never an easy situation to deal with. That goes for employer and employee. And yet, redundancies are part and parcel of working life. And because of that, it’s important that each redundancy situation is handled correctly and consistently. Not handling a redundancy fairly, or skipping certain...

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What exactly does a disciplinary procedure consist of?

By Marian Whelan As per the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures, businesses should have a disciplinary policy and procedure in place. Under the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977-2015, an employer is required to provide their employee with written notice of these procedures before terminating their contract of employment. These...

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20 days: Time to get your workplace ready for returning employees

By Kevin Callan On Tuesday, August 31st, the Government made an important announcement with regard to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. While most restrictions will end on October 22nd, the key date for employers is September 20th. That’s when a phased return to the workplace can begin in accordance with a new Work Safely Protocol that...

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Employer update: Employee right to request remote work moves a step closer

By Paul O’Connor Earlier this year, the Government announced its intention to introduce a new right for employees to request remote work. The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) then conducted a public consultation process on this proposed new employee right. The DETE has now published the details from that consultation process with the...

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Supreme Court ruling reforms authority of Adjudication Officers

By Kevin Callan In April 2021, the case of Tomasz Zalewski v. Adjudication Officer & Ors. [2021] IESC 24 concluded before the Supreme Court. Mr Zalewski’s claim to have the entire system by which Adjudication Officers determine cases involving the rights of employees declared unconstitutional was unsuccessful. Since, however, the Supreme Court has ruled that a...

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Why your Dignity and Respect at Work policy is so important

By Paul O’Connor Dignity and Respect in the workplace made headlines back in June when two Irish colleges failed to outline their plans for addressing sexual harassment and violence at their institutions to Minister Simon Harris. While both colleges were given an extension, cases of bullying or harassment are best handled in a reasonable timeframe...

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