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€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.

Breach of Confidentiality

In a recent case (UD 346/2013) where a Purchasing Assistant with over 12 years service was awarded €19,000 for unfair dismissal because she had sent confidential emails to her husband, even though the information was not used by her husband or of use to him, a number of process issues were highlighted that are useful to review.

Working Hours & Breaks

Here is a quick summary of the main general legislative provisions regarding working hours and breaks in the workplace.

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