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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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We will shortly find out if the Fine Gael–Fianna Fáil–Green Party coalition is going into government together. Obviously this is a historic development in Irish politics and no doubt all citizens await developments with great interest. Of particular relevance for employers is what the programme has to say on the subject of employment law. There […]

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As we enter the later phases of re-opening our country, it is vital that employers continue to observe and follow public health advice. With the new rules and guidelines put in place, employers are faced with new and unprecedented challenges in how to reopen businesses safely and effectively. The purpose of this briefing note is […]

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As published in The Sunday Times, June 21st 2020. The programme for government, which was published last week, includes proposals on the right of employees to disconnect from work. Colin Coyle of The Sunday Times discusses, featuring head of employment law, Patrick Walshe. Full article available here.

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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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