About Wendy Doyle Solicitor

Our practice helps solve problems. We are innovative and cost conscious and recognise the needs of our clients. I hold a number of qualifications which enables me to bring a varied knowledge to various challenges. I hold a Business and Law Degree, a Masters in European Law and a Diploma in Employment law from University College Dublin. In addition I hold a Diploma in Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law and Pensions Law from the Law Society of Ireland. I am a registered Trade Mark Agent and have a particular passion for business law. If you want to simply find out a little more about our business then feel free to call the office!

Suspension, Gross Misconduct and Unfair Dismissal

The May case of A Human Resources Practitioner v A Marketing Company ADJ00020660 is a very useful summary of the law around dismissal on the grounds of conduct. In this case the employee was dismissed on the grounds of misconduct after an investigation was conducted into "the irregularity in the [...]

Employee v Self Employed – Employers Be Careful of Label!!

The recent May decision of A Therapist v Health Service Provider ADJ00024495 highlights some of the tests that determine whether someone is an employee or self employed. The difference is very important as the complainant or person making the complaint needs to be an employee in order to attract the [...]

By |2020-06-10T12:30:02+00:00June 10th, 2020|Employee, Employee v Self Employed, latest news, Workplace Relations Commission, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions May 2020|Comments Off on Employee v Self Employed – Employers Be Careful of Label!!

Unfair Dismissal – Employers Get the Basics Correct!

Time and time again we see employers make simply mistakes when dismissing an employee which end up costing them large compensation payments. The case of An Employee v An Employer ADJ00014328 is such a case. Here the employee succeeded in a claim for unfair dismissal because of a number of [...]

By |2020-06-09T10:14:02+00:00June 9th, 2020|Unfair Dismissal, Workplace Relations Act 2015, Workplace Relations Commission, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions May 2020|Comments Off on Unfair Dismissal – Employers Get the Basics Correct!

Unfair Dismissal – Employee Compensation Reduced by 60%

Both employers and employees should take note of the recent case of PM/Complainant v A Food Producer . Here it was found that the employee was unfairly dismissed due to a redundancy procedure being fundamentally flawed including being unfairly selected for redundancy. What is interesting about this case was that [...]

By |2020-06-08T11:39:03+00:00June 8th, 2020|latest news, Litigation, Redundancy, Unfair Dismissal, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions May 2020|Comments Off on Unfair Dismissal – Employee Compensation Reduced by 60%

Discrimination on the Grounds of Age and Retirement

Although we havent set out the detailed summary and analysis of the case of A Civil Servant v A Government Office ADJ00029165, it is a very useful summary of the law around discrimination on the grounds of age and retirement. The complainant in this case was a Higher Civil Servant [...]

By |2020-06-08T11:04:28+00:00June 8th, 2020|Age Discrimination, latest news, retirement age, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions May 2020|Comments Off on Discrimination on the Grounds of Age and Retirement

Redundancy and Suitable Alternative Employment

Unfortunately we are seeing an increase in redundancy related queries in the office and this is also evident in some of the recent cases published by the Workplace Relations Commission. In the recent May case of An Office Administrator v A Wholesaler ADJ00026271 the complainant (employee) was employed by the [...]

By |2020-06-08T10:54:11+00:00June 8th, 2020|latest news, Redundancy, Workplace Relations Commission, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions May 2020|Comments Off on Redundancy and Suitable Alternative Employment

Redundancy and Fair Selection Criteria

Employers, if you have two or more employees performing the same or similar role and you are considering making redundancies, it is not simply a case of "picking and choosing" which employee you wish to make redundant. You must ensure you have clear selection criteria in place and be able [...]

By |2020-06-05T15:07:21+00:00June 5th, 2020|latest news, Litigation, Redundancy, Unfair Dismissal, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions April 2020|Comments Off on Redundancy and Fair Selection Criteria

Dismissal Disability and Reasonable Accommodation – Award of Two Year’s Salary

The  recent case of A Shop Assistant v A Hardware and Tool Hire Store is very useful for summarising the law where an employee is absent on sick leave. The employee in this case made complaints in respect of bullying at work but was ultimately dismissed for failing to provide [...]

By |2020-06-01T09:03:08+00:00June 1st, 2020|Disability Discrimination, latest news, Workplace Relations Commission, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions April 2020|Comments Off on Dismissal Disability and Reasonable Accommodation – Award of Two Year’s Salary

Unfair Dismissal – Award of €56,000 for Failure to Consider Alternatives to Redundancy

In the April case of a A Former Sales Manager v A Horse Products Sales Company an employee who was given insufficient time to consider an alternative role was awarded €56,000 for unfair dismissal. Whilst the employee received a letter in respect of her redundancy, it was explained that the [...]

By |2020-06-01T08:23:21+00:00June 1st, 2020|Consultation, Contracts of Employment, latest news, Redundancy, Unfair Dismissal, Workplace Relations Act 2015, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions April 2020|Comments Off on Unfair Dismissal – Award of €56,000 for Failure to Consider Alternatives to Redundancy

Unfair Dismissal and Award of €36,400 – A Timely Reminder for Employers

A General Operative v A Distributor is a recent case before the Workplace Relations Commission which highlights the failures of an employer to follow proper and fair procedure. A litany of failures was reported in this case. The employer (Respondent) in this case alleged that the employee (complainant) presented with [...]

By |2020-05-26T16:41:14+00:00May 26th, 2020|latest news, Unfair Dismissal, Workplace Relations Commission, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions April 2020|Comments Off on Unfair Dismissal and Award of €36,400 – A Timely Reminder for Employers

Unfair Dismissal and Reinstatement for Nurse in recent Workplace Relations Commission Case

This recent case of A Nurse v A Hospital  concerned the dismissal of a nurse who was employed in a specialist long term unit. It was alleged that an elderly vulnerable resident was left unsupervised in an unsuitable chair and restrained there and that this was a breach of the [...]

By |2020-05-25T21:20:40+00:00May 25th, 2020|Appeal, Appeal Hearing, Blog, Unfair Dismissal, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions April 2020|Comments Off on Unfair Dismissal and Reinstatement for Nurse in recent Workplace Relations Commission Case

Childminders and Code of Practice for Protecting Persons Employed in Other Person’s Homes

The recent case of A Childminder v Parents serves as a reminder to those employing persons in their home that the Code of Practice for Protecting Persons Employed in Other People’s Homes (2017) is applicable and that those working in domestic settings are entitled to the same employment law protections [...]

By |2020-05-25T20:36:35+00:00May 25th, 2020|Workplace Relations Commission Decisions April 2020|Comments Off on Childminders and Code of Practice for Protecting Persons Employed in Other Person’s Homes

Protected Disclosure – Employee Awarded 7,500

In a recent case published by the Workplace Relations Commission this month, An Acting Inspector v A Transport Company, (ADJ-00023015), the Complainant (employee) was awarded  €7,500 under the Protected Disclosures Act. Background The Complainant (employee) commenced employment with the Respondent (employer) on 22 April, 2013 and worked as an Acting [...]

By |2020-05-21T15:18:36+00:00May 21st, 2020|latest news, Protected Disclosures Act 2014, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions April 2020|Comments Off on Protected Disclosure – Employee Awarded 7,500

Failure to Pay Wages Lead to Unfair Dismissal

The recent case of An Employee v An Academic Instititution ADJ-00021244 highlights the dangers for an employer of presuming that an employee has resigned or intends to resign. In this case the employer stopped paying the employee thus leading to the end of the contract of employment. The Adjudicator at [...]

By |2020-05-20T17:49:49+00:00May 20th, 2020|Blog, Contracts of Employment, Unfair Dismissal, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions April 2020|Comments Off on Failure to Pay Wages Lead to Unfair Dismissal

Redundancy – Alternative Employment Found To Be Unsuitable

In a recent case of the Workplace Relations Commission of A Cook v A Limited Company ADJ 0026299 the Complainant employee was awarded redundancy after the offer of suitable alternative employment made to her was found to be inadequate Background The Respondent (employer) closed its Dublin 14 premises, at which [...]

By |2020-05-19T12:51:58+00:00May 19th, 2020|Appeal, latest news, Redundancy, Workplace Relations Commission Decisions March 2020|Comments Off on Redundancy – Alternative Employment Found To Be Unsuitable