Barry Halpin v Iarnrod Eireann/Irish Rail

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Dismissal, Policies and Procedures, Pay
Issues covered: minimum notice; payment of wages; internal appeals tribunal

Summary Sentence:
Adjudication Officer held Respondent to balance safety, fairness, and legal obligations in disciplinary actions.

The Complainant was stopped by Gardai while driving the company van he managed, which was found to contain illegal drugs. Though prosecuted, he received a minimal penalty. He had passed all employer drug tests, was not a user, but claimed he was coerced by others due to a gambling addiction. It was claimed the Respondent failed to uphold natural justice principles in dismissal, reflected in their internal disciplinary appeals. Therefore, the dismissal decision should be overturned, with the Complainant reinstated and loss of income restored. The

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This article is correct at 08/07/2024

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