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Parental Leave

As a query that arises a lot over the Summer holiday period, here is a quick summary in respect of statutory parental leave which grants the right to 18 weeks unpaid leave to working parents in respect of each child under the age of eight years. There are also some exceptions to this age limit.

NCT Tester Fairly Dismissed For Testing His Own Car

In Case No UD69/2014 a NCT vehicle inspector was found to have been fairly dismissed as he had breached the Company Code of Conduct three times, which did not allow employees to test any vehicle owned or previously owned by them.

€75,000 award for heavy handed dismissal

In a recent case published (UD 520/2013 & UD 521/2013)two employees who were dismissed from a printing company for gross misconduct for not clocking out during a break were awarded €75,000 and €33,000 respectively as well as additional notice payments for unfair dismissal.

Changes to Sick Leave Accrual

Whilst the focus of the long awaited Work Place Relations Act has been on the much needed changes to the employment disputes structures, a very important change to the accrual of sick leave for employees who are absent on long term sick leave is also being introduced.

Costly HR Mistakes (PART 2)

Following on from my last article, some more costly HR mistakes that can be avoided.

New Work Place Commission to commence from 1st October 2015

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, last week welcomed the signing into law of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 and announced that the Act will be commenced on 1st October 2015. What will this mean in Practice ?

Costly HR Mistakes (PART 1)

Being complacement with how investigations are conducted as well as not being aware of and acting on inappropriate workplace banter are just two of the areas in HR practice that can prove very costly to employers but can easily be avoided.

€18,000 Awarded To Waitress for Discrimination Due to Disability

In a recent case published by the Equality Tribunal in March 2015, it was determined that a waitress had not resigned her position when suffering from depression and a black out for a number of days and that her employer had discriminated against her on grounds of her disability and failed to provide reasonable accommodation.

Suspension Do's & Don'ts

The recent determination in the High Court case of the Governor and Company of Bank Of Ireland v Reilly [Justice Noonan 17/04/2015)offers some useful guidance in how to correctly manage the difficult area of suspension of employees pending the completion of an investigation into alleged gross misconduct.

Fair Dismissal of Airline Check In Operator

For a change, a report on a recent case where the EAT determined that a dismissal of an air line check in operator for breaches of procedures had been fair and the claimant's appeal against his dismissal failed.

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