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Sports Store Manager Awarded €20k for unfair dismissal despite a number of unauthorised absences !

The EAT did not agree that with the Respondent Company's view that a store manager had an example to set to other staff and said she was unfairly dismissed in respect of a number of short un-authorised absences over a three day period in December 2012.

Fixed Term Contracts

The use of fixed term contracts continues to cause untold problems for employers and the Protection of Employees (Fixed Term Work) Act 2003 has been well and truly tested with the mis-use of temporary contracts often proving to be very costly for employers. Read my useful tips on how to correctly use temporary contracts and avoid problems.

How long is an employer expected to keep a job open if employee absent due to illness?

In a recent case(UD 1758/2012)the EAT determined that an employer had acted reasonably after it dismissed an employee who had been absent for over two years.

When Will An Extension Be Granted to Time Limit To Bring Employment Claim ?

The Labour Court determined in a recent referral (ref EET 146) that medical evidence supplied by the claimant provided sufficient grounds to allow her to bring a complaint under the Employment Equality Acts 1998 - 2011 despite lodging her complaint three days late.

Adverse Weather Policies

Whilst the bad weather can cause all sorts of problems generally there are specific issues that employers need to consider in respect of employees attendance at work when weather conditions are extreme. A policy setting out what is required when the snow starts to fall will be helpful.

Contracts of Employment

There are many benefits to having a contract of employment in place for all employees including that 4 weeks salary may be awarded as compensation to employees who have not been issued with a statement of their terms and conditions of employment.

Nursing Home Chef Awarded €30k for Unfair Dismissal

In a recent case (UD1425/2012) a chef who had worked in a nursing home for almost 4 years was awarded €30,000 as the disciplinary process conducted was fundamentally flawed and prejudicial to the claimant.

Public Holiday Entitlements

With the Xmas holiday season fast approaching and employees looking forward to the last public holidays of 2014 (Christmas Day & St Stephen's Day), I thought it would be useful to remind you about how public holiday entitlements for employees should be dealt with, as determined by the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997.

Dismissal Upheld For Failing To Work Rostered Hours on Xmas Day

This month I will be looking at some topical workplace cases in respect of the Xmas holiday season. A gas fitter had his appeal against his dismissal turned down by the EAT recently (UD888/2013)in respect of his refusal to work on Xmas Day 2012 as per a roster that had been published the previous February.

€20k Award For Housekeeper Dismissed Due To Bullying Allegations

The importance of allowing employees to be made aware of and have the opportunity to respond to complaints against them before being dismissed was highlighted in this case (UD 1665/2012 & MN 259/2013) when the claimant won her unfair dismissal claim.

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