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Trouble At The Christmas Party !

With the Christmas party season getting well underway this weekend, I will be highlighting the importance of employers dealing properly with issues that may arise during workplace social events and the potential costly consequences of not doing so.

Maximum 2 Years Compensation Awarded for Unfair Dismissal

A recent Labour Court Determination DHL Express (Ireland) Ltd v. Michael Coughlan (Ref No. UDD1738) gave some useful guidance on the use of spent disciplinary sanctions in determining subsequent disciplinary sanctions. The maximum compensation of 2 years salary for unfair dismissal was awarded.

Employment Policies and Procedures

All organisations should have a clear set of policies and procedures that govern not just relevant employment and HR areas but all aspects of their operations. The benefits of policies and procedures reach far beyond being legally compliant and can contribute hugely to the overall effectiveness of an organisation provided they are consistently applied.

Conducting Fair Work Place Investigations & Disciplinary Hearings

This article will look at two cases that provide useful learning points on how to conduct fair investigations and disciplinary hearings in the workplace including the need to keep the investigation and disciplinary processes separate.

Dismissal Of Postman who was convicted of being in possession of drugs held to be a fair dismissal.

In case number UD1153/2014 the interesting question of whether the conduct of an employee outside of the workplace was considered as to whether it was fair to dismiss an employee for activity that was not connected with his normal workplace duties.

Fair Dismissal Of Postman Despite Flawed Appeals Process.

The Eat determined in a recently published decision (UD 507/2014) that a postman had been fairly dismissed for allowing others to deliver his mail despite an appalling appeals process with a delay of over 2 and a half years in dealing with the appeal.

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.

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.

Costly HR Mistakes (PART 2)

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

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