Discrimination On the Grounds of Gender – Objective Justification

In this case the claimant alleged he was discriminated against by Westwood Fitness Club by being refused access to a "female only" section of the gym. The gym's position was that the claimant was refused because some female gym members were of muslim faith and their religion prohibited them from [...]

By |2019-10-18T14:31:05+00:00October 7th, 2019|Discrimination, Equal status Act 2000, latest news, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Discrimination On the Grounds of Gender – Objective Justification

Protected Disclosures or “Whistleblowing” and Penalisation

In the recent cases published by the Workplace Relations Commission, the employee or Complainant in this case was awarded €2,500 for penalisation following the making of a "protected disclosure" under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. The Act aims to protect people who raise concerns about possible wrongdoing in the workplace [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:22:56+00:00September 25th, 2019|Blog, latest news, Protected Disclosures Act 2014, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Protected Disclosures or “Whistleblowing” and Penalisation

Working Time – Is An Employee On Call Working?

A recent case this month from the Workplace Relations Commission dealt with this issue. In this case a firefighter argued he was on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and that this should be considered "working time" for the purposes of the Organisation of Working Time Act [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:23:23+00:00September 23rd, 2019|Contracts of Employment, latest news, Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, Workplace Relations Act 2015, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Working Time – Is An Employee On Call Working?

Employment and Equality Law Free Guide

The Workplace Relations Commission have published a very useful guide to employment and equality law for employers and employees who may wish to understand their obligations and rights. A copy of the link can be found here https://www.workplacerelations.ie/en/publications_forms/guide_to_employment_labour_and_equality_law_18.pdf

By |2019-10-18T10:23:24+00:00September 10th, 2019|Employee, latest news, News Article, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Employment and Equality Law Free Guide

Unfair Dismissal – Procedural Fairness and Right to Legal Representation

Useful unfair dismissal decision re arguments of procedural unfairness, right to legal representation etc. Complainant was employed by respondent's Special Compliance Branch and involved in sale of cigarettes from Poland on Facebook which had no duty paid https://www.workplacerelations.ie/en/search/?decisions=1&from=14/05/2019&to=17/06/2019

By |2019-10-18T10:23:47+00:00June 17th, 2019|Appeal Hearing, latest news, Unfair Dismissal, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Unfair Dismissal – Procedural Fairness and Right to Legal Representation

Mutual Trust and Confidence Employee contributed to own dismissal by his unreasonable and indefensible behaviour

In this case (Structured Finance Management (Ireland) Limited and Vadym Kakinin) (ADJ0000-155-A) the employee appealed a previous finding of the WRC that he had not been unfairly dismissed to the Labour Court who overturned the decision of the Adjudicator but found that the complainant contributed 70% to his own dismissal. The [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:31+00:00January 18th, 2018|Breach of Trust and Confidence, Contracts of Employment, Investigation, Labour Court, latest news, Litigation, Unfair Dismissal, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Mutual Trust and Confidence Employee contributed to own dismissal by his unreasonable and indefensible behaviour

Workplace Relations Commission – Useful Guide Published on Adjudication Hearings

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has recently published a general guide on the structure and procedure of a WRC adjudication hearing which readers may find beneficial. The link to the guide can be found here.  

By |2019-10-18T10:24:33+00:00August 30th, 2017|Blog, latest news, Litigation, Workplace Relations Act 2015, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Workplace Relations Commission – Useful Guide Published on Adjudication Hearings

Compulsory Retirement Age – Discriminatory Dismissal Claims On the Rise

The Workplace Relations Commission have recently published a series of decisions in respect of the hot topic of "forced" retirement of employees at the age of 66. In the case of A Book Keeper v A Retail Business ADJ 00005391 it was reported that he complainant had been employed as a [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:24:33+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Age Discrimination, Equality, latest news, Litigation, Onjective Justification, Workplace Relations Act 2015, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Compulsory Retirement Age – Discriminatory Dismissal Claims On the Rise

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

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

Workplace Relations Commission – New Guide to Employment and Equality Law

For those who are interested, the Workplace Relations Commission have published a new guide on their website on Employment and Equality Law, a copy of which is available to download here.

By |2019-10-18T10:24:57+00:00June 16th, 2016|Blog, Contracts of Employment, Equality, Equality Authority, Equality Tribunal, latest news, Unfair Dismissal, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Workplace Relations Commission – New Guide to Employment and Equality Law

Workplace Relations Commission – Strategy Statement 2016-2018

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD recently launched the first Strategy Statement of the Workplace Relations Commission.Among the targets and objectives set by the strategy, covering the years 2016-2018, are: The Workplace Relations Commission will reduce waiting times with a target of three months from the [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:25:27+00:00May 14th, 2016|Workplace Investigations, Workplace Relations Commission|Comments Off on Workplace Relations Commission – Strategy Statement 2016-2018