DHL Express (Ireland) Ltd v Michael Coughlan: “Spent” Disciplinary Sanctions

Posted in : Comyn Kelleher Tobin on Employment Law Precedents on 11 August 2017
Emily Sexton
Comyn Kelleher Tobin

This article examines a recent decision of the Labour Court dated 28th July 2017 in the case of DHL Express (Ireland) Ltd v. Michael Coughlan (Labour Court Determination No. UDD1738).  

In this case, the employee, Mr. Coughlan, was awarded the maximum compensation of 104 weeks salary for unfair dismissal.  The case makes clear that any “spent” or expired disciplinary sanctions cannot be used by an employer in subsequent disciplinary proceedings against an employee.  It is also a reminder that any disciplinary sanctions imposed on an employee must be proportionate to the

Already a subscriber?

Click here to login and access the full article.

Don't miss out, start your free trial today!

Are you fully aware of the benefits of Legal-Island's Irish Employment Law Hub? We help thousands of people like you understand how the latest changes in Irish employment law impact your business through a mix of case law analysis and in-depth articles. All delivered right to your inbox.

We help you to understand the ramifications of each important case from Ireland and Europe.

We help you ensure that your organisation's policies and procedures are fully compliant with Irish law.

You will receive regular updates on Irish employment law including case law reviews, legislative changes, topical updates as well as answers to your burning questions through our Q&A feature.

You will have 24/7 access to the Employment Law Hub so you can research case law and HR issues when you need to.

Already a subscriber, now or Start my free trial today
This article is correct at 11/08/2017
Disclaimer:

The information in this article is provided as part of Legal-Island's Employment Law Hub. We regret we are not able to respond to requests for specific legal or HR queries and recommend that professional advice is obtained before relying on information supplied anywhere within this article.

Emily Sexton
Comyn Kelleher Tobin

The main content of this article was provided by Emily Sexton. Contact telephone number is +353 21 4626900 or email emily.sexton@ckt.ie

View all articles by Emily Sexton