Irish Employment Law: What We Learned Last Quarter (Q1 2021)

Posted in : Supplementary Articles ROI on 12 April 2021
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Legal Island's Learning and Development team have collated all of the updates we sent our 1,300+ Irish Employment Law Hub subscribers in Q1 2021 and listed some of the most important and interesting ones below.  Click on the links to find out more: 

The Public Service Pay Bill 2020, which will enable progress on implementation of the Sláintecare Consultant Contract and provides for amendment of the restrictions on increases to public service pay introduced in 2009, has been published.  Public service unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions have overwhelmingly endorsed the new public service pay agreement.

The Unified Code Of Practice For Employers And Employees On The Prevention and Resolution Of Bullying At Work has been published and we have many resources available to help you understand the implications of the code.  

The Government has published the Rural Development Policy 2021-2025 - Our Rural Future – the vision of which is for a thriving rural Ireland which is integral to our national economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development. 

Matheson, RDJ and a Norwegian firm all have useful things to say about remote working and the National Strategy on same.

We like the Morgan McKinley Salary Guide 2021 - an interactive tool that allows you to easily compare salaries based on experience, job title, location and industry sector.

There has been much discussion around whether employers can mandate that employees get the Covid-19 vaccination and we’ve a helpful article from RDJ and some Q&A from the HSA.

Revenue has published a list of employers who received payments under the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme in 2020.

We have a round up of recent Equal Status cases from the WRC.

Ciara O’Kennedy, Partner in LK Shields, considers whether there are any circumstances in which contract variations may be permissible without consent.

ICTU claims that hundreds of thousands of workers could lose out on redundancy payments if their employment is terminated because time spent claiming the PUP will not count when calculating entitlements.

The CIPD reports that almost two thirds of businesses are reporting a significant increase in the number of female workers taking leave due to caring duties, with fewer men doing so.

Employment Permit statistics for 2021 have been published and include some very interesting highlights, including the fact that Amazon (the group of companies) has the most employees in Ireland that require work permits. But who's second?  

Matheson highlight some key take-aways from the DPC Annual Report for HR and privacy compliance professionals, including a 10% increase in personal data breaches.

The report on the responses in the public consultation on a Statutory Sick Pay has been published and the responses from employees and employers are perhaps unsurprising. 

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This article is correct at 12/04/2021
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