First Tuesday Q&A

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Protected Disclosures – A Review of Recent Developments

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 01/09/2020 In this month’s First Tuesday Q&A, Fiona Sharkey, Solicitor in A&L Goodbody’s Employment Practice Group, provides some insights on recent legal developments in relation to the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 (the 2014 Act). 1. What is a Protected Disclosure? Under the 2014 Act, a protected d...
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Whistleblowing (Protected Disclosures) Policies and Procedures

Collective Redundancies

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 04/08/2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has presented some of the most significant challenges to employers since the global financial crash in 2008. For many employers, particularly in the retail, transport and tourism sectors, the pandemic has necessitated a reduction in headcount. While redundancy processes may be...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Policies and Procedures

Mandatory Retirement and Age Discrimination

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 06/07/2020 Ireland has long been renowned for its relatively youthful workforce, but this is changing and the proportion of older people in our society is due to increase significantly in the coming decade. Issues relating to older people featured prominently in the 2020 General Election with some parties ple...
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Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures

Redundancy for Employees on Temporary Lay-Off

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 05/06/2020 The restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19 have had a severe impact on the Irish economy. Due to the initial uncertainty regarding the length of time the restrictions would be in force for and the reasonable expectation that the decline in economic activity would be quite temporary, many empl...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Coronavirus/Covid-19

COVID-19: (Re-)Opening for Business

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 13/05/2020 On Friday, 1 May, the Irish government published a "Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business" (the Roadmap). The Roadmap sets out how the government intends to ease the COVID-19 restrictions and reopen Ireland’s economy and society in a phased manner. The Roadmap sets out five stages for easing r...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19

The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme – Frequently Asked Questions

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 07/04/2020 In this month's First Tuesday Q&A, Aifric O'Dea, Associate in A&L Goodbody, takes a look at some FAQs from employers in relation to the Government's Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (the TWSS). What is the TWSS? The TWSS is a scheme to provide financial support to employees and employers who h...
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Pay and Conditions of Employment Coronavirus/Covid-19

Employment Implications of the Coronavirus Outbreak - Your Questions Answered

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/03/2020 The Coronavirus, or Covid-19, continues to dominate media coverage across the globe. Here in Ireland, authorities are finding themselves grappling with containing Covid-19 since confirmation in the past week that the virus has now officially arrived on our shores. For Irish employers, it is essent...

Organisation of Working Time – Your Questions Answered

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 04/02/2020 The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (the 1997 Act) is the main piece of legislation that governs the working hours of employees. It sets out employees' entitlements including the maximum average number of hours an employee can work, minimum break and rest periods that employees are entitled t...
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Working Time and Leave Pay and Conditions of Employment

Legal Representation at a Disciplinary Hearing – When is this Permitted?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/12/2019 In a much anticipated judgment delivered on 11 November 2019, McKelvey v Irish Rail, the Supreme Court brought welcome clarity to the legal position regarding the right of an employee to be accompanied by a legal representative at a disciplinary hearing. Last year the Court of Appeal found that the...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues Policies and Procedures

Privacy in the Workplace – Whose Right is it Anyway?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 05/11/2019 Do employees have the right to privacy in the workplace? Employees do not lose their right to privacy as soon as they walk through the doors of their workplace. Employees have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" in the workplace. An employee's right to privacy must be balanced against the rights ...
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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act