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As published in the Irish Examiner, December 12th 2019. Happily, because of the continually improving Irish economy, increasing numbers of the diaspora are returning to live and work in Ireland. Some may have been gone for a handful of years; others may be returning after decades of working overseas, but they have one thing in […]

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As published in The Sunday Business Post, December 8th 2019. Many employers have a practice of paying Christmas bonuses – partly as a reward to staff for their contribution to the success of the business during the previous year, and partly to mark the festive season itself. A question that arises from time to time […]

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As published in the Sunday Business Post, December 1st 2019. “Tackling a toxic workplace culture and respecting minimum entitlements are among the things any company must do to avoid legal troubles in the future.” Elaine O’Regan considers the steps for employers to stay onside with the law, featuring head of employment, Patrick Walshe. Article available […]

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It’s an unfortunate fact of life for employers that staff can sometimes enjoy themselves not wisely but too well at the Christmas party. While the majority of office functions pass without incident, every year a minority of employers have to consider disciplinary action because their employees behaved inappropriately. An added dimension for employers in the […]

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Career breaks are relatively uncommon in the Irish private sector. In contrast, they have been a benefit available to public sector employees for some time.  The public sector arrangements are very generous – and can last from six months to five years.  Breaks are available for a variety of reasons – ranging from child care […]

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The Workplace Relations Commission recently handed down an illustrative decision on the subject of sexual harassment. The employee in question was the subject of appalling harassment at the hands of one of her managers and, unsurprisingly, the WRC did not hesitate to rule that this was utterly unacceptable. The employee received a very high level […]

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The highly anticipated Parent’s Leave and Benefit Act 2019 has been signed into law and applies to the parents of all children born on or after 1 November 2019 – or in the case of adopted children, where the date of confinement is 1 November 2019 or later. Parent’s Leave (not to be confused with […]

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The subject of retirement ages continues to pose a challenge for Irish employers and we are seeing an increasing number of cases being taken in the courts and the Workplace Relations Commission on the subject. This issue is going to persist – and may actually lead to a dramatic change in the manner in which […]

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Any modern society benefits from an educated workforce.  Apart from learning on the job, many employees will look for educational opportunities in their spare time to improve their skills and the value they give their employers. As a consequence, it’s now pretty common for employers to fund educational courses – ranging from diplomas to degrees […]

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