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As published on Legal Island, 19 April 2021. In the second of a new series of articles on Legal Island, head of employment, Patrick Walshe, addresses key issues that often arise in relation to recruitment exercises including the importance of ensuring such processes are non-discriminatory and objective, taking up references and doing background checks and […]

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As published in the Business Post, April 18 2021. Employment contracts which don’t contain a probation clause could cause problems for employers if a recruit doesn’t work out. Recruiting and onboarding new hires is especially challenging for managers and employers these days, as so many people continue to work remotely. Probationary periods are included as […]

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As published on Legal Island, 22 February 2021. In the first of a new series of articles on Legal Island, head of employment, Patrick Walshe, addresses key questions often asked about probationary periods. This article includes a checklist to help employers review probationary clauses in employment contracts. What is probation? Probation is a period of […]

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As published in the Business Post, February 7 2021. Many businesses hit by Covid-19 restrictions will have little choice but to reduce their workforce this year – but it’s important to do so in a legally compliant way. Employers continue to live with the Covid-19 restrictions, as do their staff. While this year will hopefully […]

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This briefing note is designed to assist employers in understanding what the Government’s new remote working plans mean in practice. These plans were announced earlier today. The Government has simultaneously announced that it intends to take action in relation to the “Right to Disconnect” from work. Remote working – what is intended? In a nutshell, […]

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As published in the Business Post, November 15th 2020. The only safe option for an employer who wants to get rid of a problem employee is to follow a fair procedure. Ireland has a working population of about 2.4 million people. Given the size of our workforce, it’s a positive sign that the statistics show […]

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As published in the Business Post, October 10th 2020. A whistleblower cannot be penalised for pointing out wrongdoing, and if that employee is later dismissed, the business must ensure the move has no connection to the protected disclosure. In July this year, the High Court considered the protected disclosures regime for the first time. Since […]

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As published in the Business Post, September 13th 2020. The current situation, where millions of employees are working from home, looks unlikely to change any time soon. So what steps can employers take to plan for this new long-term reality? What a difference a year makes. This time 12 months ago, employers and employees alike […]

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As published in the Business Post, August 16th 2020. COVID-19 may have dominated the workplace agenda in recent months – but employers in Ireland can’t lose sight of any of the other issues arising in the course of the employer-employee relationship. Of these, one of the most challenging is the subject of retirement age.  We […]

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