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Minimum Wage Rates

Since January 1st 2016 the new national minimum wage for an experienced adult employee has been increased.

Discrimination By Association

In a recently published decision by the Equality Tribunal (Dec- E 2015 - 121), a resource teacher was found to have been harassed on grounds of religion and also was discriminated against on grounds of association due to her son's sexual orientation.

Successful Constructive Dismissal Claim

Eat determines that it was reasonable for claimant to terminate her employment as the circumstances in which she was expected to work left her with no alternative but to leave and awards €10,346.00 under the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 - 2007.

Security Guard Re-instated

The EAT determined that a security guard with an excellent employment record who had been dismissed for one inappropriate incident had been dismissed unfairly and should be re-instated and the sanction of dismissal was disproportionate.

Probationary Period Dismissal

In a recent case taken under Section 20(1) of the Industrial Relations Act 1969 an employee who was dismissed during his probationary period was recommended compensation in the amount of €6,500. (Ref LCR21028)

Employee Awarded Compensation Due to Delayed Grievance Procedure

In a recent case taken under Section 20 (1) of the Industrial Relation Act 1969 (Ref LCR21019), a worker was awarded €2,000 because an internal grievance he had raised had not been resolved within a 14 month period.

What Constitutes Working Time?

The recent controversial Tyco decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which found that travel time for workers between home and the premises of their first and last customers should count as working time as prescribed within the Working Time Directive is directly in conflict with the position in Ireland that such time is not considered to be working time.

Redundant Employee Deemed To have Continous Service After Being Re-Employed Within Days

In a recent unfair dismissal case UD 877/2013, the preliminary issue of whether the claimant had the required one year's continuous service to make a claim was considered in light of a suggested break in service after being made redundant and then re-employed.

Organisation of Working Time Act

Two recent cases published that are worth reading in respect of understanding employers requirements in respect of the provision of breaks and paid annual leave.

Recruitment Guidelines for Employers

The old cliche that any business is only as good as its people is certainly true but in practice recruitment activity is often carried out in an unstructured and haphazard manner. Spending time on effective and structured recruitment activities will ensure that employers have the right people in place in their business and do not have to spend unnecessary time and money dealing with the impact of poor recruitment decisions and lack of productivity.

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