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28.06.2019

Using employee tips to subsidise wages set to be prohibited

    Practice of using tips to subsidise wages to be banned A new law affecting the hospitality sector moved closer this month. The government looks set to bring forward new legislation that will regulate the treatment of tips and gratuities. Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty announced that she will introduce...

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28.06.2019

Labour Court – Robust attendance policy holds off pay claims by absent employees

Labour Court rejects adverse weather claims The Labour Court recently rejected a claim lodged by the Mandate union on behalf of thirteen Cork-based Marks & Spencer employees who were aggrieved at their treatment by the retailer during storm Emma in March of 2018. Background to the dispute The employees did not attend for work on...

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28.06.2019

Minister approves new minimum pay rates in construction sector

  New pay rates for construction sector under SEO’s Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD formally approved two recommendations from the Labour Court for new minimum pay rates in the construction and electrical contracting sectors. The new pay rates will apply to workers in the construction...

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28.06.2019

Hiring seasonal employees post-Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act

  Seasonal employees and casual contracts The hospitality sector’s busy summer season is underway. One query which flusters seasonal employers in the hospitality sector is how to handle ad hoc staffing requirements in the wake of the ban on zero-hours contracts under the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 (the Act). Prohibition on zero-hour contracts and...

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28.06.2019

Harassment claim costs restaurant €20,000

Harassment claim costs restaurant €20,000 The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently ordered a restaurant to pay €20,000 in compensation to a gay bar manager for offensive comments and conduct which amounted to workplace harassment on the basis of the employee’s sexual orientation. Workplace ‘banter’ The bar manager submitted evidence in his claim to the WRC...

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12.06.2019

#GraphiteConference2019 – Speaker Spotlight: Lorraine Smyth

  The Graphite HRM Annual Conference is back for 2019, and we are extremely proud and excited to announce the stellar line-up of speakers that we have in store. To start preparing and looking forward to our conference, we will be putting a spotlight on each of the speakers, to get to know them a...

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06.06.2019

#GraphiteConference2019 – Speaker Spotlight: Kevin McManamon

    The Graphite HRM Annual Conference is back for 2019, and we are extremely proud and excited to announce the stellar line-up of speakers that we have in store. To start preparing and looking forward to our conference, we will be putting a spotlight on each of the speakers, to get to know them...

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03.06.2019

What is the Gender Pay Gap?

The gender pay gap is the difference between the pay men typically receive in an organisation compared to women. It should not be confused with equal pay. Equal pay is about the pay differences between men and women for “like work”, “work of equal value” or where “work performed is of a similar nature.” So,...

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30.05.2019

EU court sends time recording warning to employers

  EU Court of Justice sends time recording warning to employers The Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) this month handed down a ruling that requires employers to have a ‘reliable and accessible system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured’. Spanish dispute The case originated...

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30.05.2019

Gender pay gap reporting moves a step closer

    Gender pay gap reporting law nears enactment The Government recently published the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019 (the Bill). Commenting on the draft legislation, Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, stated “the aim of this Bill is to provide transparency on the gender pay gap.  I believe firms which can report...

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