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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 […]

Whistleblowing

April 24, 2023
The Whistleblowing Directive sets new EU-wide minimum standards for protecting whistle-blowers and requires Member States to establish comprehensive whistleblower protection frameworks. We have set out below the current situation in Ireland, Germany and the UK (who of course are not imple- menting the Whistleblowing Directive). Ireland The original Irish Protected Disclosures Act 2014 was enacted […]

Sick Leave Act 2022

November 29, 2022
The lack of statutory paid sick leave quickly became a major health and safety issue during the pandemic, when evidence emerged that some employees continued to attend work with symptoms to avoid not being paid where no sick leave arrangements were in place. The Government was forced to address this issue as Ireland was one […]

Right to Request Remote Working and the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill

November 24, 2022
The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill was announced earlier this year. The Bill is intended to give effect to the EU Work Life Balance Directive 2019/1158 which was due to be transposed into Irish law by August 2022. The Government have recently announced plans to integrate the Right to Request Remote Working into […]

Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2022

May 11, 2022
The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill (the “Work Life Bill”) aims to increase participation of women in the labour market, as well as the up-take in family related leave. Work Life Balance v Right to Request Remote Working: The Work Life Bill is similar to the Right to Request Remote Working Bill (the […]

Right to Request Remote Working Bill 2022

April 25, 2022
On 25 January 2022, the Government published the Right to Request Remote Work Bill 2021. The Bill provides employees with a statutory right to request a remote working arrangement. It further requires employers to have a Remote Working Policy in line with a proposed Code of Practice. Submitting a Request Employees are entitled to submit […]