Latest Updates

Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 was passed by Dail Eireann in July 2018 and is currently before the Seanad for debate. The provisions include items relating to flexible hours which may have a significant impact on employers particularly those in the retail and hospitality sector. Key provisions in the…
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Managing Performance

 Managing Performance – is it time for ‘Review’...?? It’s that time of year and many Managers are currently attempting to schedule ‘Performance Reviews’ for the past year, grappling with detailed Appraisal forms or online systems to be updated. So how important is the completion of those Appraisal Forms? Many would…
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Fixed Term Contracts

    The term, fixed-term employee, covers employees whose contract ends on a specified date, or when a specific task is completed, or when a specific event occurs. A fixed-term contract can also involve a specified-purpose and so may not end on a specific date. The Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003 provides…
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Code of Practice on Retirement

With the change in Statutory Retirement Age and the need to avoid age discrimination, employers have been looking for guidance for some time on how to best handle the process as employees approach Retirement Age. The new Code of Practice on Retirement Age published in December 2017 provides welcome guidelines…
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Paternity Leave

With effect from 1 September 2016, new parents (other than the mother of the child) are entitled to paternity leave from employment or self-employment following birth or adoption of a child. The Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 provides for statutory paternity leave of 2 weeks. The provisions apply to births and…
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Accrual of Annual Leave

From August 1st 2015 Sec. 86 of the Workplace Relations Act entitles workers to accrue annual leave when on long term sick leave. Previously, under Sec.19 of the 1997 Organisation of Working Time Act, employees only accrue annual leave in respect of hours actually worked. However, under the new provisions,…
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Legal Updates

Whistleblowing Protection.  The Protected Disclosures Bill 2013 on Whistleblowing Protection was passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas and signed by the President in July 2014. The new legislation provides comprehensive whistleblower protection across all sectors of the economy and will co-exist alongside the existing limited protection available in certain…
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