Retrospective Vetting – Section 21 of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts – Application Deadline 31st December 2017

Under the terms of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts, 2012-2016 (“the Acts”), all persons who are employed in positions where they have regular access to children and vulnerable persons must be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau. Section 21 of the Acts provides that it is [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:33+00:00January 19th, 2017|Garda Vetting, National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012, Schools|Comments Off on Retrospective Vetting – Section 21 of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts – Application Deadline 31st December 2017

Debt Collection – Decrease in Interest Rate on Judgement Debts

The Courts Act 1981 (Interest on Judgement Debts) Order 2016 (Statutory Instrument No. 624 of 2016) came into operation on 1 January 2017. The rate of interest payable on judgement debts has been substantially decreased from 8% to 2% and no doubt will be well received by judgement debtors. A [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:34+00:00January 17th, 2017|Debt Collection, latest news, Litigation|Comments Off on Debt Collection – Decrease in Interest Rate on Judgement Debts

Privacy and Electronic Communications – European Commission proposes new legislation

A full copy of the press release is available to view here.  According to the Press Release, "The proposed Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications will increase the protection of people's private life and open up new opportunities for business: New players: 92% of Europeans say it is important that [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:34+00:00January 16th, 2017|data protection, latest news, Privacy|Comments Off on Privacy and Electronic Communications – European Commission proposes new legislation

Health and Safety – European Commission launches initiative to better protect the health and safety of workers

The European Commission has recently launched a new initiative to better protect workers against work-related cancer, to help businesses, in particular SME's and micro-enterprises, in their efforts to comply with the existing legislative framework, and to put a bigger focus on results and less on paperwork.   Following up on [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:34+00:00January 16th, 2017|Accident at Work, Health and Safety, Health and Safety Law, latest news, Litigation|Comments Off on Health and Safety – European Commission launches initiative to better protect the health and safety of workers

Judicial Review Refused in Respect of Disciplinary Action and Original Findings of Board of School of Management

In the recent case of Dillon v Board of Management of Catholic University School [2016 IEHC 674] Justice Twomey was asked to consider a challenge by way of Judicial Review to a finding by the Board of Management of the Respondent of 24th February 2015 whereby it was found that [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:54+00:00January 12th, 2017|Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appeal, Blog, Board of Management, Disciplinary Hearing, Disciplinary Meetings, Grievance, High Court, Judicial Review, Schools|Comments Off on Judicial Review Refused in Respect of Disciplinary Action and Original Findings of Board of School of Management

Tax – Dwelling House Relief Exemption Reform under Finance Bill

In yesterday's Irish Times Dominic Coyle discussed the new rules under the Finance Bill which will make it more difficult for parents to gift property to their children. Previously the dwelling house exemption allowed for a person to be gifted ownership of the property without liability to inheritance tax. Due [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:54+00:00January 10th, 2017|Tax|Comments Off on Tax – Dwelling House Relief Exemption Reform under Finance Bill

High Court Considers Whether Translator/Interpreter is Employee for Unfair Dismissal Purposes

In the case of Mc Kayed v Forbidden City Limited t/a translations.ie [2016 IEHC 722]  the issue arose as to whether or not the plaintiff was an employee of the defendant in the context of a potential claim under the Unfair Dismissal Acts 1977 (as amended). The judgement of Ms [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:54+00:00January 9th, 2017|An Garda Siochana, Appeal, Appeal Hearing, Contracts of Employment, Employee, Employee v Self Employed, High Court, latest news, Litigation|Comments Off on High Court Considers Whether Translator/Interpreter is Employee for Unfair Dismissal Purposes

The General Data Protection Regulation – Data Access Requests and General Guidance Note

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into force across the European Union on 25th May 2018 and will replace the existing Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. It will introduce substantial changes to data protection law and in particular tough financial penalties for those who do not comply. Many businesses [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:56+00:00January 5th, 2017|data protection, General Data Protection Regulations|Comments Off on The General Data Protection Regulation – Data Access Requests and General Guidance Note

Employment Law – National Minimum Wage €9.25 an hour from 1 January 2017

Under Statutory Instrument 516 of 2016 the national minimum hourly rate of pay is now €9.25 an hour for an experienced adult. Employers should take appropriate payroll action and inform employees about the new increased minimum wage.  

By |2019-10-18T10:24:56+00:00January 4th, 2017|National Minimum Wage Act 2000, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Employment Law – National Minimum Wage €9.25 an hour from 1 January 2017

Personal Injury – Book of Quantum 2016

For those who missed it or may not be aware, the Injuries Board issued a new edition of the Book of Quantum in October 2016. The Book of Quantum sets out the general guidelines on how much or amounts which can be awarded for Personal Injury Claims. The Book has [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:56+00:00January 3rd, 2017|Accident at Work, Personal Injury, Personal Injury Assessment Board, Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2013|Comments Off on Personal Injury – Book of Quantum 2016

Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2016 – Compulsory Retirement Ages and Full Fitness to Work

Section 6 of the Employment Equality Act 1998 (as amended by Section 4 of the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015) is to be amended to provide that it will be unlawful to impose a compulsory retirement age against an employee if the employee can demonstrate as a "matter of fact [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:56+00:00January 2nd, 2017|Age Discrimination, Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2016, Equality, retirement age, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2016 – Compulsory Retirement Ages and Full Fitness to Work

Anti-Evictions Bill 2016

The Anti Evictions Bill 2016 was published just before christmas. A full copy of the Bill is accessible here. The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 2014 by providing greater security of tenure by making all tenancies over two months what is called "Part 4 [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:56+00:00January 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Anti-Evictions Bill 2016

Approval Given for Drafting Legislation to allow Garda Representative Associations access to WRC and Labour Court

In a press release issued before the christmas break, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D announced that approval had been given for the drafting of legislation to provide the Garda representative associations with access to the State industrial relations institutions – the Workplace Relations Commission and [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:56+00:00January 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Approval Given for Drafting Legislation to allow Garda Representative Associations access to WRC and Labour Court