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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).

Payment Of Wages During Adverse Weather & Storms

With Lorenzono on route and questions arising about attendance at work and payment for non attendance, I am republishing the guidelines from the WRC on this matter as published back in early 2018. And whilst circumstances will vary greatly across business sectors and parts of the country, good communication and a common sense but flexible approach that always puts employees safety first is key.

€55k Awarded To Director of Marketing For Discrimination On Grounds of Gender

The Complainant has been employed for almost four years before made redundant without notice, and 14 days after informing her employer that she was pregnant. The Complainant contended that she had been discriminated against on gender and family status grounds and had been dismissed by means of redundancy due to her pregnancy.

Redundancy Cases

Despite current skills shortages and employment figures being close to full employment, redundancy related complaints still arise and two recent decision by the Labour Court and WRC, are an useful reminder for the need to apply correct and fair selection criteria and processes, when making employees redundant.

€15,000 awarded for breaches of The Working Time Act 1997

Following on from my last article on break and rest entitlements that employees have under the working time legislation, a recent Labour Court decision is note worthy in that an award of €150 by an Adjudication Officer was increased significantly to €15k on appeal (Ref DWT 1914 - Sandra Cooney's Home Care Ltd & Deirdre Morgan).

Breaks & Rest Entitlements When Working

This article outlines a quick summary of the key provisions that apply in respect of employees' entitlements to breaks and rest periods when working, and in particular it must be stressed that records to support that breaks are being taken are required . A recent WRC decision awarded €1k compensation to a retail employee, when it was determined their records were inadequate.

Setting Up a Workplace Investigation

This article outlines some key considerations when setting up a workplace investigation, whether it is to deal with alleged misconduct, a bullying or harassment complaint or an employee grievance. Taking time at the outset to ensure that an investigation is correctly framed and structured, will help ensure that all parties receive a fair hearing and that outcomes will be robust and stand up to scrutiny if challenged.

Public Holiday Entitlement

As we head into the fourth public holiday of the nine statutory public holidays available to employees each year, here is a quick summary in respect of public holiday entitlements in the workplace.

Forced Retirement Was Discrimination on Grounds of Age

Another recent case dealing with the issue of the forced retirement of a legal secretary who had 40 years service, once again highlights the difficulties that employers face in implementing retirements, when they have not established a fixed retirement age, on objective grounds, either contractually or through custom and practice (Ref ADJ - 00016645).

Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018

The much talked about Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 finally comes into effect today 4th March 2019, and whilst the focus of discussion to date has often been on the restriction on zero hours contracts, there are other noteworthy provisions being introduced that employers need to be aware of.

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