Award of €45,000 for Victimisation and dismissal before Equality Tribunal

In a recent Equality Decision Tribunal case DEC E2012-160 (A Complainant v A Third Level Institution) the Complainant contended that she was discriminated against by the Respondent on the grounds of gender, family status and disability contrary to sections 6(2)(a), 6(2)(c) and 6(2)(g) of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2008 ("the [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:24+00:00March 29th, 2013|Disability Discrimination, Equality, Equality Tribunal, Equality Tribunal Decisions December 2012, Victimisation|Comments Off on Award of €45,000 for Victimisation and dismissal before Equality Tribunal

Data Protection – Government stresses support for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner

On March 27th 2013 the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter stressed Government support for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. In stressing the importance of the role in developing the digital economy, the Minister stated that the Government would continue to provide additional resources to the Office to ensure it could [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:24+00:00March 28th, 2013|data protection, latest news|Comments Off on Data Protection – Government stresses support for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner

Personal Injury and Contributory Negligence Finding of 40% leads to award of €114,300

In the recent High Court case of Erin Gallagher v Oliver McGeady delivered by Mr Justice Ryan on 8th March 2013, the High Court was asked to rule on an assessment of damages in a personal injury action subject to two issues of contributory negligence. Background This case arose out of a [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:24+00:00March 25th, 2013|Contributory Negligence, Personal Injury|Comments Off on Personal Injury and Contributory Negligence Finding of 40% leads to award of €114,300

Maternity Protection (Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas) Bill 2013

The Government recently published the Maternity Protection (Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas) Bill 2013 which provides for maternity leave in respect of any female person who is (a) elected to and currently a member of Dail Eireann and shall include the Cathaoirleach of Dail Eireann or (b) elected or appointed to and currently a [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:25+00:00March 21st, 2013|Maternity|Comments Off on Maternity Protection (Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas) Bill 2013

Data Protection – Article 29 Working Opinion on Mobile Apps

The Data Protection Commissioner published a press release on 14th March 2013 in respect of the opinion adopted by the European data protection authorities of the Article 29 Working Party in respect of the key data protection risks for mobile apps. The Article 29 Working Party on the Protection of Individuals with regard [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:25+00:00March 20th, 2013|Article 29 Working Group, data protection, latest news, Opinion 02/2013|Comments Off on Data Protection – Article 29 Working Opinion on Mobile Apps

Publication of Courts Bill 2013 – Proposed Changes to “In Camera Rule” and Monetary Jusrisdictions

The Government published the Courts Bill 2013 yesterday 19th March 2013. A full text of the Bill is available on this link. The purpose of the Courts Bill 2013 is two-fold The Bill proposes to relax the "In camera rule" by (whilst retaining the privacy provisions in respect of the operation [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:25+00:00March 20th, 2013|Circuit Court, Courts Bill 2013, District Court, latest news, Personal Injury|Comments Off on Publication of Courts Bill 2013 – Proposed Changes to “In Camera Rule” and Monetary Jusrisdictions

Facebook posting and demotion – English High Court rules in favour of Employee but expresses “real disquiet” about the financial award

The recent English decision of Mr Adrian Smith  v Trafford Housing Trust [2012 EWHC 3221 (Ch) delivered by Justice Briggs in November 2012 sheds further light on the explosion of social media and how it impacts on the workplace. This case is one to watch as it concerns a breach of contract action, which [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:25+00:00March 19th, 2013|Constructive Dismissal, Contracts of Employment, Facebook, Freedom of Expression, latest news, Privacy, social media, Unfair Dismissal|Comments Off on Facebook posting and demotion – English High Court rules in favour of Employee but expresses “real disquiet” about the financial award

High Court Injunction – Plaintiff claims damages not adequate remedy where loss of salary

In the recent High court case of Octavio Hernandez v Vodafone Ireland Limited [2013 1496P] delivered on 21st February 2013, Justice Laffoy was asked to consider an application for interlocutory injunctions restraining the defendant, (the plaintiff’s former employer) from (a) actively preventing the plaintiff from engaging in a new employment contract with [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:25+00:00March 18th, 2013|Competition Law, Contracts of Employment, High Court, Injunction, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Restrictive Covenant, Restrictive Covenants|Comments Off on High Court Injunction – Plaintiff claims damages not adequate remedy where loss of salary

Bullying in Schools – Establishment of Anti Bullying Working Group and Action Plan

The Department of Education recently launched an action plan in January 2013 against cyber bullying in schools which has unfortunately become an epidemic especially with the ever-growing popularity of social media. Minister Ruari Quinn commissioned the report and arranged for the establishment of an Anti Bullying Working Group who were tasked with [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:25+00:00March 6th, 2013|Bullying and Harassment, latest news, Schools, social media|Comments Off on Bullying in Schools – Establishment of Anti Bullying Working Group and Action Plan

Health and Safety – DPP v Nolan Transport Wexford Circuit Court

As reported in our blog post of last week, Nolan Transport was recently fined €1 million euro by Wexford Circuit Court in February of this year in what is reported by the Health and Safety Review to be the largest health and safety fine imposed by an Irish Court when viewed relative to the [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:25+00:00March 5th, 2013|Accident at Work, Health and Safety Authority, Health and Safety Law, Investigation, Negligence, Personal Injury|Comments Off on Health and Safety – DPP v Nolan Transport Wexford Circuit Court

Health and Safety – €1 million fine imposed on Company by Wexford Circuit Court

It was reported earlier this week that Nolan Transport had been fined €1 million by the Circuit Court in Wexford in respect of an accident in July 2007 which resulted in the death of two people and several others injured. It was reported by the Health and Safety Law Review [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:25+00:00March 1st, 2013|Accident at Work, Circuit Court, Health and Safety Law, Personal Injury|Comments Off on Health and Safety – €1 million fine imposed on Company by Wexford Circuit Court