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Employers welcome release of reopening timeline

By Kevin Callan Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced a reopening schedule for business and society on April 29th. The timeline sets out how different business sectors will reopen in May and June. The announcement has triggered a wave of relief in the business community as employers are now in a position to target specific dates as they...

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Notice periods in employment

By Rob Nolan Businesses are constantly having to adjust their workforce planning. Whether it’s employees looking for different career paths or companies deciding to let someone go, notice periods can help employers deal with the disruption of losing a staff member. Dealing with notice periods can seem like a simple enough procedure. However, you must...

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Workplace investigations: Know the facts

By Dominic Carthy HR investigations are structured procedures to deal with allegations of different kinds in the workplace. The allegations will generally relate to conduct or performance. For the purposes of this post, we will focus on disciplinary investigations as many employers currently have concerns about staff compliance with new work protocols to deal with...

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VIDEO: Getting the Redundancy Process Right

By Kevin Callan If you ever find yourself having to make cutbacks, it’s important to get the redundancy process right in order to avoid making a difficult situation worse. To help you stay on track, our video, Getting the Redundancy Process Right, covers everything from establishing the business rationale to consulting with employees. Need our...

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Flexible work practices to increase post-pandemic

By Fiona Kelleher Recent employment law changes mean the development of a flexible working policy will be a priority for businesses this year. The Government’s National Remote Work Strategy contains two key commitments. The first was delivered on April 1st when the Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Right to Disconnect came...

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New Right to Disconnect Code introduced

By Rob Nolan Tánaiste Leo Varadkar signed the Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Right to Disconnect (the Code) on 1st April. The Code came into force with immediate effect. The stated purpose of this new Code is to provide guidance to employers, employees, and their representatives in relation to the Right...

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Three additional weeks’ leave for working parents

By Amie Doran It was announced in last year’s Budget that working parents would be entitled to three weeks of additional parent’s leave. Scheduled for enactment in April 2021, the legislation was finalised last week when the Family Leave and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2021 passed all stages in the Dáil. Below, we take a closer...

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Majority of staff seeking hybrid work model

By Dominic Carthy A recent survey by recruitment firm Sigmar reported that just over a third of employees intend to return to the office on a full-time basis when COVID-19 restrictions ease. New research carried out by CIPD Ireland has also found that just over half of businesses plan to allow remote working on a...

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COVID-19 testing: Employer advice for testing staff

By Rob Nolan Some employers have experienced good business continuity results by asking staff to take a COVID-19 test before entering the workplace. Some of the benefits include maintaining usual business operations and safely managing interactions with contractors. With no government guidance around testing employees the decision to introduce COVID-19 testing is at the discretion...

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“What can I do for my employees on Employee Appreciation Day?”

By Amie Doran On March 5th, businesses the world over will celebrate Employee Appreciation Day. Employers will thank their employees for their hard work and dedication over the past 12 months. The lucky ones may even get a surprise half-day! While Employee Appreciation Day is an opportunity to remind your employees of their importance, it’s...

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