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Benefits of mediation in the workplace

By Paul O’Connor A mishandled workplace dispute can have a negative influence on your business. Early intervention to find an acceptable solution for the parties involved is crucial. If left unacknowledged, the ongoing conflict could poison your workplace. At the very least, the productivity of the employees involved will suffer. And, if there are no...

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Key steps of a disciplinary procedure

By Patrick Redmond Thankfully, the majority of employment relationships run smoothly. Still, it’s only the luckiest of employers who don’t encounter an issue that requires disciplinary action. Disciplinary processes tend to deal with misconduct issues or poor employee performance. The disciplinary procedure can be a difficult and stressful experience for everyone involved. Here, we look...

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WRC seeks submissions on right to disconnect

By Amie Doran The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has announced that it’s undertaking a public consultation as part of its process for drafting a new Code of practice on the “right to disconnect”. The Code will set out guidance for employees and employers with regard to best practice. It will also consider employee disengagement outside...

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The importance of communicating with homeworkers

By Rob Nolan A key factor in any successful business has always been communication. From team briefings to modern instant messaging, businesses have developed how, when, and where they communicate. The goal has always been the same: to ensure the ship is heading in the right direction and that the crew know their jobs. Maintaining...

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Employee burnout and the importance of keeping working time records

By Paul O’Connor We’ve all seen the eye-catching images aimed at wellbeing in staff canteens and office hallways. They often focus on ‘work-life balance’, ‘mental health’, and ‘burnout’. However, the coronavirus pandemic means many employees are now working from home. So, this prompts the question: are homeworkers at the risk of burnout? What is employee...

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NI Update: Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

By Nicholas Young The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was first announced by the UK Government on March 20th, 2020. The Scheme was designed to support employers who may have been considering making redundancies following the impact of coronavirus. The Scheme is open to all employers who operated a PAYE system on or before March...

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Sexual harassment: Working from home risks

By Patrick Redmond A lot has changed for employers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, employer obligations in relation to addressing employee concerns remain the same. As the pandemic has forced businesses to react and adapt to changes, the majority of employees now work from home. But, that doesn’t mean workplace rules don’t apply. Having...

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Is your business prepared to handle redundancies?

By Amie Doran The financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the business sector has been staggering. As a result, it seems inevitable that many businesses will need to look at their headcounts in 2021. Making redundancies is challenging on many levels. As an employer, you must ensure that you comply with this technical area...

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Dealing with grievances about fellow employees

By Fiona Kelleher ‘Grievance’ is a catchall term in employment law in Ireland that captures staff concerns, problems, or complaints. While there’s no statutory definition of grievance, a grievance is an employee complaint that is not always a bullying or harassment issue. If an employee feels that they are treated less favourably, they can seek...

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Graphite HRM Annual HR & Employment Law Conference 2021

On Friday, January 22nd, 2021, Graphite HRM will hold our Annual HR & Employment Law Conference. This online event is perfect for anyone from Directors to Human Resource professionals, with insightful presentations delivered by a panel of HR experts. HR insights and more 2020 has brought with it many new challenges for businesses. Come January...

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