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RTE & SOLAS Breach Equality Legislaiton On Grounds of Age.

​As the award of €50,000 for age discrimination last week by the WRC to former RTE Reporter, Valerie Cox, made the news headlines, employers are once again reminded that whilst there is no current direct statutory bar on having a workplace retirement age, it remains very easy to fall foul of current employment equality legislation in respect of dealing with employees who have reached "retirement age" or who are coming close to it. In a separate case published recently Solas were ordered to pay €20k to an employee for asking a discriminatory question during an interview.

Constructive Dismissal

In a recent WRC decision (ADJ - 00002854) an Adjudication Officer held that an employee had been constructively dismissed despite the fact that she had not exhausted the use of internal grievance procedures which is normally a requirement for a successful constructive dismissal claim. An award of €15,528 was made.

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 ?

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