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Women’s health and well-being in the workplace

April 19, 2024
 Awareness of the importance of providing support for women experiencing symptoms of menopause has been amplified in Europe over the last few years. There is a push to put women’s health to the forefront of the public discourse in recognition of the fact this has certainly not been the case to date. In Ireland, menopause […]

Anticipated Debenhams decision issued by the Labour Court on Collective Redundancies – what does in “good time” mean

April 17, 2024
Jane Crowe v Debenhams Retail (Ireland) Limited & Debenhams Retail (Ireland) Limited in Liquidation. The recent decision of the Labour Court provides useful insights into and clarifications regarding the collective redundancy obligations for employers that arise under the Protection of Employment Act, 1977 (“the 1977 Act”), which organisations should be alert to when proposing to […]

Reinstatement – Remedy on the Rise?

April 2, 2024
The Unfair Dismissals Acts and Employment Equality Acts provide for three different remedies but, for the most part, everybody concentrates on only one: compensation. There are good reasons for that, as it is the most common and the least problematic remedy that can be awarded under that legislation. From a financial perspective, it returns the […]

Conundrums of Workplace Investigations

March 29, 2024
In this article and our accompanying podcast, we consider the various conundrums that can arise in the context of ongoing and live internal workplace investigations. For example, we consider the following: How an organisation responds to an internal complaint is crucial. Therefore, it is imperative that you chose your investigator with care. The person you […]

Code of Practice on Flexible and Remote Working Published by the WRC

March 19, 2024
The WRC have published the long-awaited Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Right to Request Flexible Working and the Right to Request Remote Working (the “Code”). The Code was required in order to implement the right to request flexible and remote working arrangements as set out in the Work Life Balance and […]

Introduction of Domestic Violence Leave

December 1, 2023
The Parental Leave Act 1998 was amended with effect from 27 November 2023 to provide five days (over a period of 12 consecutive months) to employees for domestic violence leave. Employers are not responsible for domestic violence but are in a position to act as allies and recognise the impact on an employee’s capacity to […]

Work/Life Balance

August 16, 2023
The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 was signed into law on 4 April 2023. The overall aim of the Act is to introduce new rights for employees in order to support a better balance of work life, family life and caring responsibilities. Several of its key provisions including the right to request […]

Workplace Investigations – Choose your investigator with care

July 17, 2023
There is no specific legislation or required qualification to conduct a workplace investigation, hence the approach of workplace investigators is wide and varied. It is important to choose your investigator with care as well as having a well drafted policy in place, to ensure the investigation is conducted with the requisite skill. The importance of […]

8 weeks pay award in test case for 750 Debenhams workers for failure to inform and consult in the WRC

June 1, 2023
The recent decision of the WRC provides useful insights and clarifications into the collective redundancy obligations for employers that arise under the Protection of Employment Act 1977 (“the 1977 Act”), which unions should be alert to when dealing with collective redundancy situations. Background The background to this case is well traversed when at the commencement […]