DHL Express (Ireland) Ltd v. Michael Coughlan [2017]: Labour Court Awards Maximum Compensation Available

Posted in : Labour & Superior Court Case Law Review Panel on 21 September 2017
Aileen Fleming
Daniel Spring & Co.
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In a recent decision of the Labour Court, an employee was awarded the equivalent of 104 weeks’ remuneration which is the maximum financial compensation awardable under the Unfair Dismissals Act, and is a level of compensation not often experienced before the WRC or the Labour Court.

In it’s decision, the Labour Court considered the nature of gross misconduct, the proportionality of the sanction and the failure to consider alternative sanctions. 

The case arose from an appeal by the employer against the decision of a WRC Adjudication Officer under the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977-2015. The Labour Court appeal was heard on the 13th July 2017. The employer, DHL Express (Ireland) Limited,

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Aileen Fleming
Daniel Spring & Co.

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