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As published in the Sunday Business Post on 30th July. In the digital age where it is increasingly easy for a departing worker to take valuable company data with them, it is imperative that workplaces don’t leave themselves vulnerable. The employment relationship does not always end amicably but for the most part, employers and employees […]

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As published on www.bizplus.ie: Government legislation on ‘zero hours’ contracts is on the way and complete elimination of such work arrangements is possible. Patrick Walshe examines the likely changes.   The Department of Jobs has announced that it intends to take immediate action regulating the use of so-called ‘zero hours’ contracts in Ireland. It has referred […]

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Introduction On Wednesday 26 July 2017, Cabinet agreed to set the “digital age of consent” at 13.  This follows a recent call by Geoffrey Shannon, the special rapporteur for child protection, in addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality, that the “digital age of consent” for children should be set at 13. The […]

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As published in The Sunday Business Post, 23 July 2017.  A recent court ruling could mean that employees will be entitled to bring legal representatives to all employment investigations.   The High Court recently delivered judgment in the case of Lyons –v- Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board.  While the subject matter of the case […]

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Francovich and now Ogieriakhi? The Irish Supreme Court finds balance in determining a Member State’s liability in damages for breach of EU law. The Supreme Court recently delivered its decision in the case of Ogieriakhi v Minister for Justice and Equality & Ors bringing some clarity to the circumstances in which EU Member States will […]

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The Government has announced that it intends to prioritise legislation in relation to “zero hours” and related contracts. This flows from the ongoing debate (if not controversy) over the use of these contracts in Ireland. The topic has attracted a great deal of attention over the last year or so, mainly flowing from the belief […]

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As published on the Israel Embassy website, June 2017. Mattan Lass is an Israeli-Irish High Tech & Start-up Lawyer. He believes that following the initial culture shock many Israelis living in Ireland come to recognise the undeniable similarities between these 2 small countries at either ends of the European continent. The resemblances cover social as […]

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The Protected Disclosures Act, 2014 will celebrate its third birthday on 15 July 2017. Given the ongoing controversies over whistleblowing in Ireland, it wasn’t unreasonable to expect a difficult birth – although the legislation did not result in many court cases in the period between 2014 and the end of 2015. However, that changed in […]

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The employment relationship does not always end amicably but for the most part, employers and employees are usually able to part company on civilised terms, if not friendly ones. One exception, however, is where the employee sees an opportunity to make themselves a more attractive prospect for future employers and attempts to jump start their […]

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The Headline The European Commission grabbed the headlines this week when it issued Google with a record fine of €2.42 billion on Tuesday, 27 June. This is the largest fine for an antitrust breach ever levied on a single firm, smashing the previous record of €1.06 billion imposed on Intel. The Commission found that Google […]

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