Graphite Blog



30.05.2019

The value of exit interviews

    The value of effective exit interviews Employees sometimes leave their positions. It’s a commercial reality for employers. Not all businesses take the time to find out why the employee is leaving, however. Knowing the reasons why an employee has opted to leave your organisation can be valuable information for employers and this is...

Read more
30.05.2019

Employment permit system loosened to address skills shortages

    Employment permit scheme loosened to address labour shortages Ireland’s employment permits scheme has been revised to fill skills gaps caused by economic growth and to ensure that enough workers will be available to deal with the administrative burden of Brexit. From 22nd April 2019, certain workers who are not resident in the EEA,...

Read more
27.05.2019

#GraphiteConference2019 – Speaker Spotlight: Liam Kelly

  Picture Source: Maxwells 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...

Read more
22.05.2019

Graphite HRM: Annual Employment Law & HR Conference 2019

      Is your business prepared for next year’s HR and employment law challenges? Struggling with recruitment and retention? Need to transition to a more flexible, family-friendly workplace culture? Unsure how the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act affects your business? Exclusively for business owners, directors and HR professionals, this year’s Graphite HR & Employment Law...

Read more
01.05.2019

Farmer ordered to pay €31,000 for dismissal of employee with MS

    Farmer ordered to pay €31,000 compensation to employee with MS A farm manager with multiple sclerosis recently made a successful claim for unfair dismissal against his former employer. The employee began his employment with the farmer as a general operative on 1st January 1993. Over the course of his employment, he was appointed...

Read more
01.05.2019

Question of the month – casual contracts post-Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act

    Question of the month   Can I hire staff on casual contracts if I only need the worker for a few hours per week? Many employers have asked us this question since the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2018 (the Act) came into force in March this year. The Act prohibits zero hour contracts...

Read more
01.05.2019

Employer ordered to pay €15,000 for pregnancy-related dismissal

    €15,000 award in pregnancy-related dismissal The employee worked as a training coordinator for a healthcare provider employer. She began working on 1 November 2016. Her employment was terminated on 30 November 2017 which she claimed was linked to her pregnancy. The employer argued that the position was being made redundant as it could...

Read more
01.05.2019

New paid parental leave scheme to start in November

    Paid parental leave to start in November The introduction of paid parental leave was signposted by the government last October when it announced that a paid parental leave scheme would be introduced by November 2019. Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan recently published the general scheme of the relevant implementing legislation which...

Read more
01.05.2019

How garden leave can protect your business

    Garden leave – A vital protection when key employees leave the business Most readers will be aware that corporate governance issues within the Football Association of Ireland have led to John Delaney ‘stepping down’ from his role with the organisation. While it is unclear what exactly John Delaney’s current employment position is, it...

Read more
02.04.2019

Question of the month – Part-time employee public holiday entitlements

    Question – what are part-time employees’ public holiday entitlements? After the recent St. Patrick’s Day long weekend, and the imminent arrival of the public holiday season, over Easter, May and June, a question many employers will have is: what are my part-time employees’ public holiday entitlements? The law Public holiday entitlements are set...

Read more
2019 Graphite HRM