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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 Philip Lee pay attention to details, go above and beyond to get the problem solved, know all the right people to talk to, and have excellent written communication. Legal 500, 2022

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.

“Excellent service with a focus on commercial solutions rather than parroting the textbooks.” – Legal 500, 2022




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.

Will employers have to be flexible?

Irish immigrant investors and entrepreneurs

Statutory Sick Pay is on the way

Opportunities in Ireland – The Immigrant Investor Programme

National Remote Work Strategy – Implications for employers

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.

Ireland-China Business Magazine 2022 – The Immigrant Investor Programme

Employers should prepare now for new sick pay rules

How to avoid the risks of remote working

The Philip Lee Guide to: Christmas Parties

The Philip Lee Guide to: Internships

Remote working – What’s happening next?

How to Hire and Fire – A Global Guide

How to manage: Employers disregard legal protection for workers on maternity leave at their peril

Facebook’s remote work move means ‘floodgates have opened’

The Philip Lee Guide to: Hiring

How to manage: A probationary period for new hires is always wise

The Employment Law Cheat Sheet to Probation

How to manage: Redundancy process can be hard but must be fair

How to work: Don’t take short cuts when it comes to dismissals

How to work: Employers should take note of lessons in whistleblower case

Businesses must plan for a future where remote working is here to stay

The Sunday Times – Help is at hand for Irish employees living in fear of constant work calls and emails

Companies must treat protected disclosures with great care

Employers walk a tightrope if they seek to cut salaries

Employment – What do emigrants returning to Ireland need to know?

The Christmas Bonus – Be Careful What You Wish For

Seven steps for employers to stay onside with the law

What to do when your employer is seeking to replace you

Know your employment rights when returning to live and work in ireland

Protecting pregnant employees’ right to return to work

Legal recourse is rarely the answer when a career stalls

Where Irish and British employment law differs.

Restrictive covenants – how enforceable are they?

Imminent changes to employment law in Ireland in 2019

Social media to be the next big legal minefield for firms

Takeover on the horizon? Here’s how it will impact your staff

The benefits and difficulties of flexible working

Delays on Employment Permit Decisions

Employee Benefit: Egg Freezing?

Negotiating the thorny pitfalls of emotional leave

Paying absent staff in wake of Ophelia

The damning truth about the secret reporter

A place for lawyers in workplace disciplinary process?

Care needed with whistleblower legislation

Workplace Relations Commission: how the new system will work.

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