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08.01.2019

New national minimum wage rates effective 1st January

New minimum wage rates effective from January 1st From 1st January 2019, the national minimum wage (NMW) in Ireland increased by 25 cent from €9.55 to €9.80 per hour. The NMW applies to all experienced adult workers. Any employee under the age of 18 or in their first year of employment can be paid a...

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08.01.2019

Dismissal leads to €4,000 award for misbehaving employee

Tesco ordered to pay €4,000 to employee who took wine without paying   The Labour Court recently upheld a Workplace Relations Commission decision to award a Tesco employee €4,000 despite the fact that she had breached company policy. The decision again highlights the importance of adhering to fair procedures and the principles of natural justice...

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08.01.2019

Government support for long-term unemployed

Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) up and running   As part of Budget 2018, Minister Regina Doherty TD announced a new work experience programme targeted exclusively at young jobseekers (18 – 24 year-olds) who are in receipt of a social welfare payment and are either long-term unemployed or facing significant barriers to gaining employment. The...

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08.01.2019

Dismissal of injured employee found to be fair

Employee fairly dismissed on basis of long-term illness   The employee worked as an order packer and injured her ankle when a box fell onto her. The employee was absent from work from April 2012 and, due to an initial misdiagnosis, had to go through a number of surgeries. All the employee’s absence from work...

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23.11.2018

Dignity at work during the festive season

As the impact of the #metoo movement continues to be felt in the employment context, it is essential for organisations to ensure that they have a dignity at work policy in place. It is particularly important to set boundaries during the Christmas party season which presents a particular challenge for employers.  Dignity and respect policies...

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21.11.2018

Work permits

Before any employer can consider offering a job to a prospective employee in Ireland, one of the first issues they must clarify is the immigration status of the prospective employee. The Employment Permits Acts, 2003 – 2014 recognise the automatic right of EEA nationals to work in Ireland while providing a system for the granting,...

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19.11.2018

Van driver who failed to turn up for work on ‘fed-up days’ wins unfair dismissal claim

A Dublin-based van driver who failed to show up for work for eight working days and who was subsequently dismissed by his employer has been awarded €2,879 in unpaid wages including an award for unfair dismissal. Fed up days The van driver gave evidence to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) outlining that he missed a...

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16.11.2018

Don’t let Secret Santa ruin Christmas

With many organisations gearing up for the busy Christmas period, it is typical to organise various seasonal activities such as a secret Santa and a Christmas party. These end of year events are an important part of the employer’s calendar as they afford an opportunity to thank employees for their hard work over the preceding...

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10.10.2018

Budget 2019 – Key Takeaways for Employers and Employees

  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced last night that Budget 2019 would make a real difference in people’s lives by putting money back in people’s pockets. Increases in social welfare payments were pledged along with reductions in USC and income tax. Family-friendly measures which seek to make childcare more affordable were also promised. The clear message...

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03.10.2018

Shared Maternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2018

The Shared Maternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2018 was proposed in July of this year. If enacted, it will allow pregnant women to share their normal 26 weeks’ maternity leave with a “relevant parent”. A relevant parent is defined as “the father of the child, the spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of the mother of...

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