Apprentice Carpenter v Joinery Manufacturing Company [2021]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Dismissal, Pay, Coronavirus/Covid-19
Issues covered: Industrial Relations Act; Dismissal; EWSS

The Complainant commenced work with the Respondent as an Apprentice Carpenter on the 1st of May 2018.  The Complainant claimed he was unfairly dismissed on the 21st of March 2020. The Respondent denied that there was a dismissal.

The company was temporarily closed due to Covid-19 and all of the employees were put on the 70% employment wage subsidy scheme (EWSS).  A company ‘WhatsApp’ group was formed and if an employee agreed to the wage subsidy scheme, they were asked to give a thumbs up ‘emoji’.  If they did not agree they were asked to give a thumbs down emoji.  The Complainant gave a thumbs down because 70% of his wages would have equated to roughly €160 which was

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This article is correct at 05/08/2021

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