Exceptional Collective Redundancies – 3 year extension to Part 2 of the 2007 Act

The Protection of Employment (Exceptional Collective Redundancies and Related Matters) Act 2007 ("the Act") has been extended for a further three-year period until 7th May 2016 pursuant to the Protection of Employment (Exceptional Collective redundancies and Related Matters) Act 2007 (Duration of Part 2) Order 2013 (S.I. 153 of 2013). In [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:10+00:00May 31st, 2013|Exceptional Collective Redundancies, Labour Court, latest news|Comments Off on Exceptional Collective Redundancies – 3 year extension to Part 2 of the 2007 Act

Pensions – Minister announces proposed regulatory changes to Defined Benefit Schemes

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton announced yesterday a number of regulatory changes to the Pensions Acts 1990 to 2010. A copy of the press release is attached here. The proposed changes announced relate to Section 44(2)(a)(iv) of the Pensions Acts and seek to provide greater flexibility for pension schemes as they [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:11+00:00May 30th, 2013|latest news, pensions|Comments Off on Pensions – Minister announces proposed regulatory changes to Defined Benefit Schemes

Social Media and Defamation – UK High Court rules tweet was defamatory

In the recently published decision of  The Lord McAlpine of West Green v Sally Bercow [2013] EWHC 1342 (QB) the UK High Court ruled that a tweet published by Sally Bercow, the wife of the speaker of the British House of Commons, which falsely linked Lord McAlpine with an allegation of child sexual [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:11+00:00May 28th, 2013|Defamation, latest news, Litigation, social media|Comments Off on Social Media and Defamation – UK High Court rules tweet was defamatory

Constructive Dismissal – Employer’s Cumulative Actions lead to breakdown of trust and confidence

In a recently published decision of the Employment Appeals Tribunal (An Employee v An Employer) UD842/2011, the Claimant successfully claimed constructive dismissal and was awarded €23,826. Background The Claimant was employed by the Respondent to carry out administration work and help outside on the farm. The Claimant stated that her main duties of employment were [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:11+00:00May 27th, 2013|Breach of Trust and Confidence, Constructive Dismissal, Contracts of Employment, Employment Appeals Tribunal, latest news, Unfair Dismissal|Comments Off on Constructive Dismissal – Employer’s Cumulative Actions lead to breakdown of trust and confidence

Dismissal for Gross Misconduct – High Court refuses remedy sought of Judicial Review

The recent High Court case of Purdy v Commissioner of An Garda Siochana [2013] IEHC 141 (High Court, Kearns J, 11 April 2013) concerned proceedings arising from a decision of An Garda Siochana in October, 2012 to dismiss the applicant from his position as clerical officer in An Garda Síochána. Summary The applicant in [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:11+00:00May 20th, 2013|Appeal, Appeal Hearing, Civil Service Regulation (Amendment) Act 2005, Gross Misconduct, High Court, Judicial Review, latest news, Litigation|Comments Off on Dismissal for Gross Misconduct – High Court refuses remedy sought of Judicial Review

Supreme Court holds Part III of Industrial Relations Acts 1946 unconstitutional – Judgement in McGowan & Ors v Labour Court Ireland & Anor now available

The widely anticipated Supreme Court judgement in McGowan & Ors v Labour Court Ireland & Anor which was handed down on 9th May 2013 by O'Donnell J is now available on the courts website and can be accessed in full here.  We have referred extensively to extracts from the judgement below however we [...]

Unfair Dismissal and Restrictive Covenants – €25,000 award for failure to inform employee breach could lead to dismissal

In the recent case of An Employee v An Employer UD 510/2011, the Claimant alleged that he had been unfairly dismissed as a result of breaching a restrictive covenant in his contract of employment. Background In this case the Claimant was employed as a leisure centre manager from October 2008 to [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:11+00:00May 8th, 2013|Appeal, Appeal Hearing, Contracts of Employment, Disciplinary Meetings, Employment Appeals Tribunal Decisions 3rd April 2013, Gross Misconduct, Restrictive Covenant, Restrictive Covenants, Unfair Dismissal|Comments Off on Unfair Dismissal and Restrictive Covenants – €25,000 award for failure to inform employee breach could lead to dismissal

Hotline.ie annual report 2012 – Increase in reporting of illegal content on the internet

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter recently launched the the Annual Report for 2012 for Hotline.ie on April 29th 2013. The Hotline.ie service was established in 1999 to allow the public to report any illegal content inclduing child pornography on the Internet in an anonymous and secure way. According to [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:11+00:00May 8th, 2013|Intellectual Property, Internet, latest news|Comments Off on Hotline.ie annual report 2012 – Increase in reporting of illegal content on the internet