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€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.

Employee v Contractor ?

In a recent Adjudication Officer's Decision (ADJ 00005826) the preliminary issue of whether the Complainant was an employee or not was considered in order to determine if his complaints under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, Unfair Dismissals Act 1977 and Protection of Employees (Fixed Term Work) Act 2003 could be heard.

Redundant Employee Deemed To have Continous Service After Being Re-Employed Within Days

In a recent unfair dismissal case UD 877/2013, the preliminary issue of whether the claimant had the required one year's continuous service to make a claim was considered in light of a suggested break in service after being made redundant and then re-employed.

Costly HR Mistakes (PART 2)

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

Redundancy Do's & Dont's

Whilst we are not experiencing the same level of redundancies of late as in recent years the EAT still takes a dim view of employers who don't fall due process and procedure when terminating employment due to redundancy.

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