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Tips on how to help your staff through their return to work

By Marian Whelan Over the past several weeks, employees who worked remotely for the past year or more have been making their way back to the workplace. For some, this isn’t an easy change to make. Employers need to be mindful that employees may have concerns about returning to work and these need to be...

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Employer guidance on managing long-term sickness absence

By Kevin Callan Sickness absence is an inevitable occurrence that almost every employer will encounter at one stage or another. Long-term sickness absence, however, is the term used when an employee is absent for four or more weeks and can pose different challenges for employers. That’s because having an employee out of work with no set...

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Is your Anti-Bullying Policy up to date?

By Rhiannon Coyne Instances of bullying in the workplace are not always easy to identify and can pose a significant challenge for many businesses to manage efficiently. That’s because the behaviour that constitutes bullying is often subtle and carried out by trusted employees in a bid to undermine colleagues. This can often take the form...

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“Should I allow staff to work remotely?”

By Samantha Crotty Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have had to adapt their workforce arrangements in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of their employees as well as striving to continue to trade during these unprecedented times. As a result, the number of employees who made the move to work from home...

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DPC publishes guidance on processing COVID-19 vaccination data

By Rob Nolan Employers in all sectors are working hard to ensure their workplace is safe for everyone, customers and employees alike. One way they’re trying to protect their entire workforce is by asking employees if they’ve had their COVID-19 vaccine. In response to this, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) has published guidance on processing COVID-19 vaccination...

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Dealing with employee grievances on their return to work

By Paul O’Connor Returning to the workplace after such a long time away affects people differently. Some will return to work rearing to get back to business. Others may have reservations and be quite anxious. Then there are those who return and immediately begin to disrupt operations. For instance, an employee may be annoyed about...

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Dignity and Respect in the workplace in the spotlight

By Kevin Callan Dignity and Respect in the workplace is back in the news as two Irish colleges have failed to outline their plans for tackling sexual harassment and violence at their institutions to Minister Simon Harris. The colleges, the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), were given until...

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Supreme Court upholds Sectoral Employment Orders

By Rhiannon Coyne After long-running litigation, the Supreme Court has ruled that legislation governing Sectoral Employment Orders (SEOs) remains valid and binding. NECI litigation In 2019, the National Electrical Contractors of Ireland (NECI) lodged proceedings in the High Court seeking to challenge the validity of an SEO governing the electrical contracting sector. If left unchallenged...

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FACTSHEET: Collective redundancy explained

By Kevin Callan After a challenging year for certain sectors, many organisations are facing the difficult prospect of reorganising their workforces. For any organisation that is forced to make multiple redundancies, it’s important to check if the reduction in headcount amounts to a collective redundancy. A collective redundancy has a number of specific technical elements, so...

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“Should I monitor my remote employees?”

By Rob Nolan For many remote workers, continuing to work from home is the preferred option. With no commute and fewer expenses, remote workers find that they have a better work-life balance. Once their employer is happy to keep the arrangement going, what issue could there be? Well, one question employers are asking is how...

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