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18.03.2020

Do you have work from home policies in place?

The coronavirus has affected countries, families and businesses the world over in ways unseen for decades. Everyone has taken a hit and for your business, that could mean having to revamp your working procedures and policies One of those policies will be your working from home policy. Do you have one in place? Or, are...

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11.03.2020

St Patrick’s Day: Have you prepared for absenteeism?

St Patrick’s Day parades throughout the island of Ireland have been cancelled because of the coronavirus. Despite this, many employees may still have plans to celebrate. And, if their fun goes too far, you could find yourself down several staff members. And as you’re well aware, increased absence can cause its fair share of problems....

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05.03.2020

Is it time to put a remote work policy in place?

It’s now common knowledge that the number of coronavirus cases worldwide continues to grow. For employers, the possibility of having to ask employees to work from home is becoming all the more real. A recent HR survey revealed that the number of employees in the ‘flexi-workforce’ has increased by 50% in the last two years....

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26.02.2020

Workplace accidents: Can you afford to ignore procedures?

Despite improvements in employers adhering to Irish and European health & safety regulations, workplace accidents are still common. A mistake often made is to only associate workplace accidents with the construction industry. However, work injuries also include slips, trips and falls. That means that no industry, or business, is safe from a potential claim. Workplace...

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19.02.2020

The persistent problem that is long-term sick leave

Long-term sick leave is an employee issue most employers will have to handle at some point. Cases of unfair dismissal that relate to long-term absence often pop up in the news too. In fact, the Workplace Relations Commission recently dismissed a claim by a public service employee who missed 400 days of work during 2016...

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12.02.2020

10 tips for handling an office romance

You may remember a particular story that broke late last year about a high-profile office romance. Fast-food giant McDonald’s had fired their CEO for engaging in a consensual relationship with a colleague. This, McDonald’s said, “demonstrated poor judgement” on his part. While it’s not surprising that many relationships begin in the office, workplace romance can...

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05.02.2020

€93,498 award in gender discrimination ruling

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently demonstrated the high price of losing a gender-based discrimination claim when it awarded a schoolteacher €93,498 compensation after she was overlooked for a school principal position in favour of a male colleague. The basis of the claim Ms Pamela Brennan made her discrimination claim against BOM Scoil Mhuire agus...

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29.01.2020

No-fault dismissal leads to €250,000 award

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently ordered a tech company to pay a massive €250,000 compensation payment to a former senior executive. The employer’s defence centred on the fact that it had exercised its right to terminate the employee on notice within the terms of the employment contract. Facts The claimant began work with the...

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22.01.2020

Forced retirement costs RTÉ €100,000

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently ordered the state broadcaster to pay €100,000 to a former senior producer for age-related discrimination. The decision highlights the serious risks employers face if they mishandle an employee’s retirement. Our ageing workforce The RTÉ case should be viewed in the context of an ageing Irish workforce. Not only are...

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16.01.2020

Graphite Cork office official opening

We’re delighted to announce that as of today, January 16th, our new office on South Mall, Cork City has officially opened. We’re very excited to have a new Cork hub that will help us deliver our full range of HR services to businesses throughout the Munster area. To learn more about our services, click here.

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