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Temperature, Ventilation and the General Physical Environment in a Workplace

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 17/10/2011 "Our work place is an open plan office and I am having constant complaints about the air conditioning settings, with one employee saying they are too cold and another insisting on turning it on because they are too hot. How do I handle it?David McCarroll writes:Ah yes, welcome to every open plan of...

John Grace Fried Chicken High Court Case and Employment Regulation Orders

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 18/08/2011 I was interested in the “John Grace Fried Chicken” High Court case. I am also covered by a Joint Labour Committee Agreement, although not within the catering industry. Are all Employment Regulation Orders now unlawful and unenforceable? Does the John Grace case just apply to catering or can I start...

Employee on Long-Term PHI Has Been Certified Fit For Work, But Company Has No Position Available

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 18/07/2011 We have an employee who has been on permanent health insurance for some years. The insurance provider has now advised us that, following their most recent medical assessment of the employee, he is fit for work and no longer entitled to permanent health insurance. The employee has contacted us about...

Statutory Mandatory Retirement Age When Contract of Employment Does Not Provide For A Set Retirement Age

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 20/05/2011 We have an employee approaching the age of 65 but is there a statutory mandatory retirement age? The employee’s contract of employment does not provide for a set retirement age, but employees normally retire at the age of 65, although there have been several exceptions. How do we treat this employe...

Potential Liability Issues Around Allowing Employees to Comment on Online Company Blog

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 21/04/2011 We are currently considering setting up our own online blog that will allow both employees and the public to post comments on issues relating to our business. How do we handle any potential liability issues?Catherine-Ellen O'Keeffe writes:The inherent informality of such sites (also known as “user ...

Issues When Contracting Out Current In-House Services (Catering, Cleaning etc)

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 14/03/2011 We are considering contracting out some of our current in-house services, such as catering and cleaning. Are these covered by the legislation on transfers? How do I handle it? Jennifer O'Sullivan writes:The application of the European Communities (Protection of Employees on Transfer of Undertakings...

Time Off For Family Or Medical Emergencies

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 15/02/2011 What do you do if your employee looks for time off for family or medical emergencies? Are you obliged to pay employees for any days taken? Are you obliged to grant the time off? How do I handle it? Antoinette Vahey writes:In considering this matter, it will be necessary to look at the various types...

Hiring A Private Investigator To Gather Information On 'Sick' Employees

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 17/01/2011 We have a concern that one of our employees on long term sick leave is working outside of the Company while supposedly too ill to return to work for us. We are therefore considering hiring a Private Investigator to gather evidence to substantiate our concerns. Can we then use this evidence to disci...