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Failure to Investigate Complaint

A successful appeal to the Labour Court for a constructive dismissal claim resulted in the Adjudication Officer's decision being overturned and compensation of €10,000 being awarded to a former Training Co-Ordinator/Instructor who had been employed by the Rehab Group for 17 years before she resigned in 2018 due to the behaviour of a colleague. (Ref UDD2026)

To Party or Not ?

With the Xmas Workplace Party season well and truly getting underway this weekend, attention once again turns to the potential costs and serious implications of when things go wrong, often when too much alcohol has been consumed. Some companies are now avoiding the Xmas Party altogether with others introducing Sober Chaperones !. But is this necessary and what practically should employers be doing to ensure that everyone can have a good time and that they don't end up paying for more than a few nibbles !

Protected Disclosure Penalisation Award

The Complainant was awarded €4k compensation for penalisation in respect of how his protected disclosure was handled, and his employer ordered to implement it's own Protected Disclosures Policy and resolve outstanding questions of fact as raised within the disclosure (Ref ADJ - 00017774).

Trouble At The Christmas Party !

With the Christmas party season about to get underway this weekend, employers need to be aware of the potential costs of not dealing correctly with issues that may arise during workplace social events.

Can abusive comments posted on Facebook outside of work by colleagues constitute harassement ?

The scope of Dignity at Work Policies is that behaviours complained about must have occurred in the course of employment. This scope does not always cover the personal use of social media outside of work and it is an interesting issue that was dealt with by the Labour Court recently in Dublin Bus v McCamley (EDA 164). This was an appeal by an employee of an Equality Tribunal Decision ( DEC E2015 - 100) which had found that his employer was not liable for harassment that had occurred.

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