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02.03.2018

Bill to Extend Unpaid Parental Leave to Six Months

  A bill has been introduced to the Dáil Éireann which if enacted will extend unpaid parental leave to six months. At present in Ireland, an employee that has twelve consecutive months service is entitled to 18 weeks parental leave per child. The 18 weeks leave needs to be taken before the child’s eighth birthday,...

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01.03.2018

What Do I Do if My Staff Say They Cannot Come to Work Due to Inclement Weather?

  With Storm Emma, better known in the media as the Beast from the East, hitting most parts of the country, the question on what an employer should do in a situation where their employees can’t come to work is arising frequently. During the coming days employees may contact their employer to state that snow...

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23.02.2018

Contracts of Employment (Northern Ireland) – The Essentials

  The fundamental rule of employment law is that all employees must sign an employment contract with their employer. The term ‘employee’ is defined in Article 3(1) of the Employment Rights (NI) Order 1996 as an individual who has entered into or works under (or, where the employment has ceased, worked under) a contract of...

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16.02.2018

Statutory Sick Pay in Northern Ireland

  When an employee is unable to attend work due to ill-health in Northern Ireland, they may be entitled to receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from the Employer for all or part of their absence. Employers are now fully responsible for meeting SSP payments to their eligible employees, and there is no mechanism in place...

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08.02.2018

Bereavement Leave – What Employers Need to Know

  Supporting employees who have suffered a bereavement can be a challenging issue for employers of all sizes, but in particular, small and medium employers. It is important for employers to realise that different people cope with bereavement in different ways and a bereavement can affect people differently for a variety of reasons. Employers must...

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07.02.2018

Has the GNIB Card Been Replaced?

  The Garda National Immigration Bureau known as ‘GNIB’ registration cards have been replaced. The Irish immigration authorities have replaced the GNIB cards with Irish Residence Permit (IRP) with immediate effect. Non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss nations that currently hold a valid GNIB card are advised to wait until the expiry date of their card prior to...

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07.02.2018

The WRC and High Court’s Decision on What is the Effective Date of Dismissal

  Background of Case A UPC employee was dismissed on the grounds of serious misconduct, for breaching the company’s email usage policy for sending inappropriate and vulgar emails. Ms. Ryan was dismissed by way of a letter on 18th October 2011. The letter stated her misconduct warranted summary dismissal with immediate effect, however, UPC paid...

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07.02.2018

Request for Part-Time Working – What Employers Need to Know

In Ireland, under the Code of Practice on Access to Part-Time Work, 2006, prepared by the Labour Relations Commission, it is now considered best practice for employers to ensure they have a policy in place to improve access to part-time work for their employees. The aim of this code is to encourage both employers and...

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07.02.2018

The New Retirement Code of Practice

  Retirement was a much talked about HR topic in 2017 so it not surprising that the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) have published a Code of Practice on Retirement. Codes of Practice are in place to set out written rules which define how persons or bodies must act in given situations. The Retirement Code of Practice...

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01.02.2018

Statutory Maternity Leave & Pay in NI – What Employers Need to Know

  In Northern Ireland, a woman’s entitlements in respect of statutory maternity leave (SML) and statutory maternity pay (SMP) are set out in the Employment Rights (NI) Order 1996, the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations (NI) 1999, as amended, the Statutory Maternity Pay (General) Regulations (NI) 1987, as amended, the Work and Families (NI)...

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