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27.07.2018

Proposals to Enhance Family-Related Leave

The Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017 and the Draft EU Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers Work-Life balance for parents and carers is consistently on the political agenda, both in Ireland and in the EU. The Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017, was passed by the Dáil at the beginning of July this year...

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04.07.2018

Travel Time and Working Time

  Tyco and the Norwegian Supreme Court case of Thorbjørn Selstad Thue v The Norwegian Government (E-19/16) In 2015 the European Court of Justice ruled that time spent travelling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time. The ruling came about because of an...

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04.07.2018

The Rights of the Workplace Relations Commission Inspectors

  WRC inspectors are appointed by the Director General. Their role is to carry out inspections to ensure employers are complying with employment and equality legislation. Inspectors have the following powers; “to enter at all reasonable times any place of work or premises which he/she has reasonable grounds for believing is being used in connection...

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04.07.2018

WRC Guidance on Unpaid Workers

  The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently published an update pertaining to unpaid workers in the Republic of Ireland. In their update, the WRC stated: “Apart from the employment of close family relatives and the engagement of registered industrial apprentices, there is no exemption in law from the obligation to pay the national minimum hourly...

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03.07.2018

Contractual Essentials – Probationary Period

  Employers very often hire staff members on the strength of CVs, application forms, and interviews – without having the opportunity to observe those individuals in the working environment from a practical perspective. However, just because an employee looks good on paper and interviews well does not necessarily mean they will assimilate well into a...

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02.07.2018

How to Address the Issue of Dress Codes in Summer Months

  With the recent warm weather, the advice line has had a number of calls from employers with problems with employees not wearing the company uniform or not adhering to the company dress code. It is important when addressing this that you can refer to the company policy and re-issue the policy to all staff....

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11.06.2018

Do Employers Need a Sporting Events Policy Ahead of the World Cup?

The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway this week. With football managers hard at work preparing their teams for success in this summer’s tournament, employers should be taking the necessary precautions to manage their own staff and ensure provisions are in place to keep productivity levels high. Some employers will choose to create a specific...

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06.06.2018

Time Off for Jury Service – What Employers Need to Know

  Employees being called for Jury Service can be an unwelcome but at times unavoidable situation for employers. In Ireland, every person aged 18 years or above and whose name appears on the Register of Dail Electors is eligible for Jury Service – subject to the following exceptions: Those involved in the administration of justice; Those who...

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05.06.2018

Pregnant Restaurant Manager Dismissed During Probationary Period Awarded €15,000

  Wrights of Howth Seafood Bars v Ms. Dorota Murat Summary of Case The employer in question appealed an earlier Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) adjudication Decision (ADJ-00001004) which had awarded Ms. Murat €30,000 for a discriminatory dismissal. The employer told the Labour Court that Ms. Murat’s dismissal was due to her incompetence in terms of...

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01.06.2018

Workplace Relations Commission 2017 Annual Report – Key Takeaways for Employers

Key performance metrics for 2017, report that there were over 14,000 complaints received, with specific complaints relating to; 27% related to Pay issues, 14% related to Unfair Dismissal, 13% related to Working Time, 11% related to Discrimination/Equality, 11% related to Trade Disputes/IR issues, 8% related to Terms and Conditions of Employment The WRC have reported...

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