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Should a Suspended Employee be Allowed to Attend the Christmas Party?

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 22/12/2015 "One of our employees has been suspended from work pending completion of an internal investigation. We have received a request from him asking if he can attend the Christmas party that is on tonight. How do I handle it?" The first question is to establish why the employee has been suspended, and ...
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Suspension of Employees from Work During Investigations

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 17/11/2015 "I have an employee, who has become increasingly uncooperative and difficult to deal with, has been extremely rude and aggressive towards fellow employees and management and has been acting inappropriately causing some employees to describe his behaviour as bullying. I am worried about having this ...

When Does Termination of Employment Take Effect?

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 25/09/2015 A dismissed employee has elected to appeal the decision to terminate his employment for gross misconduct. He claims however that we cannot terminate his employment pending the appeal and that he remains an employee until the appeal has been determined. How do I handle it?Antoinette Vahey writes:It ...

Employee's Request to Work from Home

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 18/09/2015 One of our key employees has made a request to work from home two days a week. Up to now, we have generally granted such requests on an ad hoc basis but are not happy with this approach. How do I handle it?Catherine-Ellen O'Keefe writes:There are a range of practical and legal considerations that m...

Ownership of LinkedIn Contacts

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 31/07/2015 One of our key employees has handed in her notice. She has made a huge amount of contacts on LinkedIn during her time with the company and we do not want her to bring that information with her to her new employer, who competes with our business. How do we handle it?Jennifer Cashman writes: The ques...

Driving in Different Capacities for Work

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 16/06/2015 A number of my employees drive in different capacities in the course of their work. What do I need to know and “how do I handle it”?Caoimhe Heery writes:All employees have obligations towards their own health and safety under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 (the “2005 Act”). Employ...

Dealing with a Complaint of Bullying

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 24/04/2015 I have received a complaint from an employee that they are feeling bullied by their immediate manager. Our Dignity at Work Policy provides for mediation as an optional first step in our informal process. How do I handle it?Michelle Ryan writes:When an employer is made aware of a complaint of bullyi...

Team Moves & Protecting the Company's Interests

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 19/03/2015 The Head of our Research and Development Team has resigned and taken up a position with a key competitor. We suspect he wants to take his entire team with him. If this happens, the potential ramifications for the company are massive–our Research and Development Team is privy to confidential informa...

Private Investigators

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 17/02/2015 I have concerns that employees may be abusing our Sick Leave Policy. I would like to engage a Private investigator to check their whereabouts when they call in for sick days. How do I handle it?Jennifer writes:Engaging a Private investigator to carry out covert surveillance on an employee should no...

Tendering Process & TUPE Implications

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 20/01/2015 We currently hold a contract from our client to provide certain services. We have been advised that, arising out of a recent tendering process, we have lost this contract and the contract will transfer to a new service provider. We have a number of employees assigned to work on this contract and we...