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The Government has published a Return to Work Safely Protocol – a series of measures that employers should take when reopening their premises. It is no exaggeration to say that the present COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for employers. At first glance, the rules may appear daunting – but with a little preparation, and a […]

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Last week the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, signed Regulations to further aid Ireland’s fight against COVID-19. The purpose of these Regulations, the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A – Temporary Restrictions) (COVID-19) Regulations 2020, is to prevent, limit, minimise or slow the spread of COVID-19. These Regulations ‘underpin’ the Taoiseach’s measures which were announced on […]

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In the newest phase of Ireland’s response to COVID-19, the Government have introduced further restrictions on the movement of people. Only in very limited circumstances are people permitted to leave their homes. Of importance to employers is the announcement that only those performing essential services can travel to and from, and for the purposes of, […]

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On 27 March 2020, the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020 was signed into law by President Michael D Higgins. The purpose of this Briefing Note is to summarise the provisions of the Act for Philip Lee clients. 1. Why is the legislation being introduced? The legislation has been introduced by the […]

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Last Friday, the Health (Preservation and Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act, 2020 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Michael D Higgins. This is the Government’s first legislative response to the coronavirus crisis. The purpose of this Briefing Note is to summarise the provisions of the Act for Philip […]

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In our FAQ of 6 March we addressed the key points that employers need to be aware of. Regrettably, the situation is worsening so we have prepared an updated version of our note which takes into account developments since then. What are my obligations to staff?                    […]

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As everyone knows, the government is enacting unprecedented measures to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Everyone hopes for the best – but the outcome is far from certain.  Aside from the effect on public health, the virus is already starting to cause damage to the economy.  Hopefully the measures the government is […]

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Cases of Covid-19 (otherwise known as the Coronavirus) are on the rise in Ireland. Employers should continue to review guidance issued by the World Health Organization and the HSE, along with any travel advice issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs. A number of clients have asked us practical questions in relation to the employer-employee […]

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As published in the Business Post, February 23rd 2020. When whistleblowing legislation was introduced in 2014, many employers feared it might be abused. Those concerns remain, but a decision by the Labour Court in August last year offered grounds for optimism. In simple terms, the Protected Disclosures Act was designed to provide a high level […]

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