Holidays and Dismissal – Recent Workplace Relations Commission case

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 [...]

Working Time – Useful Workplace Relations Commission case

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 [...]

Drug and Alcohol Testing – Unfair Dismissal Claim

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 [...]

COVID-19 – General Employment Law Update

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/

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Landlord and Tenant – Rights During 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 [...]

By |2020-03-23T10:52:12+00:00March 23rd, 2020|COVID-19, Landlord and Tenant|Comments Off on Landlord and Tenant – Rights During COVID-19

Covid-19 – Measures to help Business

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

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COVID-19 – What is Layoff and What are My Entitlements?

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 [...]

By |2020-03-18T13:15:43+00:00March 18th, 2020|COVID-19|Comments Off on COVID-19 – What is Layoff and What are My Entitlements?

Indirect Discrimination – Asylum Seeker

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 [...]

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Breach of Trust and Unfair Dismissal

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 [...]

By |2020-02-19T15:51:44+00:00January 14th, 2020|latest news|Comments Off on Breach of Trust and Unfair Dismissal

Constructive Dismissal and Workplace Stress

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, [...]

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Disciplinary Process Criticised by Workplace Relations Commission

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 [...]

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Cyberbullying and Online Safety

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.

By |2020-02-19T15:52:03+00:00January 10th, 2020|latest news|Comments Off on Cyberbullying and Online Safety