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Employment and Pensions

We are experts in employment, pensions and equality law and act for some of the largest employers operating in Ireland. Further afield, large US and international clients regularly come to us for advice when setting up their Irish operations.

quotes The employment team led by Patrick Walshe is very capable and attentive. My experience with them has been excellent. They quickly assessed the options and accurately predicted outcomes.
Legal 500, 2020

Our employment partner, Patrick Walshe, is independently recommended as a top-tier employment law expert by Chambers Europe and Legal 500.  In this often complex and fluid area, Patrick’s role  as the Law Society of Ireland’s In-House Counsel employment law lecturer means our clients stay up to date with the latest developments.

Clients come to us for non-contentious issues that range from drafting contracts of employment and employment policies to advising on industrial relations.  We also advise clients on employment rights and terms and conditions of employment, statutory and contractual issues.

This experience is matched by our active contentious employment law practice. It is our experience that potential problems with employees can often be avoided with the right advice about precautionary steps.   Should a dispute escalate, we will help you to move quickly to resolve it. We have extensive experience representing clients in the Labour Court and the EAT and are very conscious of acting fast and keeping costs to a minimum.

“Very prompt and very commercially savvy.” Chambers Europe, 2020

“They give me confidence every step of the way.” Chambers Europe, 2020

“The team are always commercially astute, focused on helping to achieve the desired outcome rather than getting bogged down in legal rhetoric.” Legal 500, 2020

Advising on the implications of the TUPE Regulations arising from the acquisition of three smaller undertakings by a major international pharmaceutical company operating in Ireland;

Advising on the collective redundancy implications of an employer disposing of 38 retail units in Ireland;

Advising on the merger of two significant semi-state entities;

Representing one of Ireland’s largest retailers in a complex and long-running high court action concerning employees’ property rights;

Advising Ireland’s largest employer on the employment status of third-party service providers and representing our client in the LRC in connection with this claim;

Advising a major public body on an unprecedented reorganisation of its pension scheme.

2020 Programme for Government – Employment law

COVID-19 – The Ultimate Q&A for Employers

Coming back to work – Practical steps for employers

Amendments to essential services under new laws

Essential service providers under new public health guidelines

Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020: Briefing Note

Emergency Coronavirus Legislation: A Briefing Note

Coronavirus – Updated FAQs for Employers

Coronavirus – what can employers do if things get really bad?

Coronavirus – Frequently Asked Questions for Employers

Social media and the Christmas party

Career breaks – for public servants only?

Lessons to be learned by employers in sexual harassment cases

New Rights for New Parents

Retirement and Irish Employment

What happens when I’m doing a course but change employers?

Where Irish and British employment law differs.

Employment Law Update – Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018

‘Tis the season to be careful

Kilkenny saga shows what happens when trust fails

RTÉ was ordered to pay €50,000 to an ex-reporter – here are the lessons for employers

Cover yourself with clauses in a new contract

No appetite for paternity leave?

The need to protect sensitive information

Employment Matters: The Employment Law Implications of Stepping Aside

Protected Disclosures And The Law

The end of JobBridge?

Irish Water’s staff can’t just be flushed straight out of the system

Safeguarding the rights of employees

Election 2016

Social Media In The Workplace

Pitfalls Of Social Media

A new era of employment regulation

Will banded-hour contracts kill zero hours?

Pregnant and working? You may still face discrimination.

Handle With Care – The Protected Disclosures Act, 2014

Holiday and sick leave – important changes

National Vetting Bureau (Children And Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012

Employment contracts fit for purpose

Recruit in haste, repent at leisure

The legal rights of Clerys’ staff

Zero-hour contracts: can our legislation really protect workers?

How to hire and fire – the compliant 2015 way

How to hire and fire – The compliant way 2015: Part two

Do employers have to offer redundancy appeals?

Welcome clarity on employee settlement agreements.

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Patrick Walshe