In the case of An Engineer v A Technology Start Up the Workplace Relations Commission was asked to consider a number of questions including whether the Complainant was entitled to redundancy etc. The complainant engineer had also not taken holidays for some time and the Workplace Relations Commission considered how [...]
The case of A retained Firefighter v A Local Authority is a very useful (and detailed) summary of the law in Ireland around working time under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 ( as amended) and related regulations. In this case the Complainant was a Retained Firefighter and lived [...]
The recent case of A Driver v A Building Supplies Company is a useful summary of the law in respect of dismissal for breach of a Company Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy. In this case, the complainant employee was dismissed after failing a random drug and alcohol test. He was [...]
We have prepared a short summary of the key provisions of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and eligibility for redundancy after layoff. There are likely to be changes to the Bill in the coming days and we will keep you posted. Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and Redundancy Changes
We are attaching a link to the recent article published on www.wciklownews.net in respect of some of the queries we are receiving from employers and employees concerning the COVID-19 crisis. https://wicklownews.net/2020/03/general-overview-for-employers-and-employees-on-covid-19/
It is expected that the Minister for Housing will publish legislation shortly to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 2004-2019 to give moratoriums on evictions and rent increases for duration of the emergency. Notice periods for short term tenancies of 6 months are also likely to increase. We will update our [...]
The Government have recently published a series of measures and initiatives to help businesses in these unprecedented times. These include banking financial and taxation measures. https://merrionstreet.ie/en/News-Room/News/Covid-19_-_Government_Measures_and_Initiatives_%E2%80%93_Business_and_Enterprise.html
Thanks to East Coast Radio for having me on the show last Saturday 14th March 2019 to discuss the Corona Virus and it's impact on business. A copy of the link is attached.
We are living in unprecedented times. The following weeks and months are uncertain and many employers and employees will struggle. Whilst we will get through this, many thousands of employees are currently being laid off or placed on short time. The Redundancy Payments Act 1967 (as amended) provides that a [...]
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has welcomed as significant the decision of the Workplace Relations Commission in a case of an asylum seeker who was refused a learner driver licence. The Commission provided legal representation to the man in his successful case. WRC adjudicator Jim Dolan stated that [...]
The following link contains some excellent advice from Doctor Harry Barry and Enda Murphy on the recent Sean O’Rouke show. https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0103/1104112-are-you-putting-up-with-a-toxic-workplace/
The recent case of a Business Manager v A Skills and Training Company is very useful in addressing a number of important issues such as the bond of trust between an employer and an employee. In this case an issue arose over the employee’s absences from work and the alleged [...]
Constructive dismissal cases are generally very difficult to win as the onus or burden of proof is on the employee to show that it was reasonable for them to resign from their employment. Generally an employee is expected to exhaust all internal procedures including a grievance procedure before they resign, [...]
In a recent case before the Workplace Relations Commission, the Adjudicator was extremely critical of the lack of procedure afforded by the employer to the employee in respect of a dismissal for gross misconduct. He stated “….This represents such a catalogue of consistent breaches of the complainant’s rights it provides [...]
Minister Bruton has published the general scheme of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill, to protect children online and will deal with matters such as cyber bullying and the appointment of a new online Safety Commissioner. A full copy of the link can be accessed here.