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How does an employer go about amending existing and signed contracts of employment?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 06/02/2018 At this time of year, many employers are taking some time to look at the bigger picture for their businesses and part of this is ensuring that their contracts and policies are fit for purpose, not least in relation to the impending GDPR. The golden rule in making any substantive amendments to emplo...
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Q&A: Avoiding Sexual Harassment Claims following the Christmas Party

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 05/12/2017 With the Christmas party season now upon us, it is timely to remind employers that employment lawyers often see a spike in sexual harassment related queries crossing their desks come January. But what exactly can employers do to prevent and deal with sexual harassment in the workplace? In this mon...
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The Mediation Act 2017

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 07/11/2017 The Mediation Bill which has been around since 2012 was signed into law on the 2 October this year as the Mediation Act 2017 and is expected to be commenced shortly. While the Act expressly excludes from its ambit disputes being investigated or mediated by the Workplace Relations Commission, it put...
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What are the three golden rules to follow when faced with a redundancy situation and what are the potential pitfalls?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/10/2017 Once again, A&L Goodbody is delighted to share ideas on how to manage difficult employment situations with the Legal-Island community. While last month we focused on issues that arise at the start of an employment relationship when it comes to recruitment, this month we are shining a spotlight ...
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Does an employee’s notice period increase with their tenure?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/10/2017 Yes. Section 4 of the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973 to 2005 provides that all employees are entitled to a statutory period of notice on termination of employment, on grounds of redundancy or otherwise. The length of such period depends upon the employee's service with the employ...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation
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What would be a reasonable period between two redundancy programmes to avoid them being classified as a collective situation?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/10/2017 A collective redundancy situation arises where redundancy-based dismissals are effected by the same employer within a 30 day period, subject to the following threshold requirements: Workforce No. of dismissals 21 to 49 5 or higher 50 to 99 10 or higher 100 - 299 1...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation
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Are fixed-term employees entitled to a statutory redundancy lump sum payment on the expiry of their fixed-term?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/10/2017 Possibly, yes. Whether or not an employee is entitled to a statutory redundancy lump sum will depend on their length of service (2 years required) and the reason for the termination of their role (or, in this case, the non-renewal of their fixed-term contract). The fact that the employee's employme...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation
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Should employers be concerned about data subject access requests in redundancy situations?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/10/2017 The short answer – yes. A data subject access request entitles an employee to be provided with a copy of all personal data from which he/she can be identified that is held on file by his employer within a 40 day timeframe subject to receipt of a nominal fee. The risk factor for employers in the con...
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How soon can an employer fill a "redundant" role?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/10/2017 This is a bit of a trick question as, from a legal perspective, a genuinely redundant role does not need to be subsequently filled. In fact, hiring a new recruit to fill a role that was previously confirmed as redundant would add weight to any claim from the now redundant employee that he/she was u...
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Unfair Dismissal Redundancy and Reorganisation
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Redundancy and maternity leave – are employees on maternity leave "untouchable"?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/10/2017 As a rule of thumb, employees on maternity leave are automatically red-circled when a redundancy exercise is being contemplated. Maternity leave is probably the most "protected" leave, rendering any attempted dismissal of an employee while on maternity leave automatically void. In fact, termination...