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How to Deal With ‘Banter’ At Work

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 11/12/2023 The subject of ‘banter’ at work rose to prominence in 1995, when Chevron Oil in the United States made a $2.2m. settlement to female employees who alleged they were sexually harassed via workplace banter, incl. the circulation of a ‘joke’ sheet entitled: ‘25 reasons why beer is better than women’. ...
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Discipline and Grievance Policies and Procedures
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How to Run Effective Meetings

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 14/07/2023 John Cleese of ‘Fawlty Towers’ fame put it well, when he succinctly named one of his earliest training films ‘Meetings Bloody Meetings’!Too often meetings take on a life of their own, being time consuming, badly planned and occasionally fractious, thus prompting the question: ‘What the hell am I do...
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Employee Engagement
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To Talk or Not To Talk? Talking With Employees About Retirement

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 14/02/2023 Introduction The subject of retirement is tied up in legal loopholes and shrouded in sensitivities. Hence, it has become a hot HR topic. In some jobs, there is a statutory retirement age. This means that the retirement age is specified in law (e.g. for some public servants, like Gardai and Defence ...
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Pensions Policies and Procedures Wellbeing
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TU Recognition Rights Return to Talks at The Top Table

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 17/10/2022 Dr Gerry McMahon discusses the final report from the High Level Working Group tasked with reviewing collective bargaining and the industrial relations landscape in Ireland. The Context The tricky topic of trade union recognition rights returned to the top table recently, when the ‘High Level Work...
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Collective and Trade Union Issues
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How To: Get A Pay Rise

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 03/10/2022 The Insolvency Service of Ireland recently announced that most people have some form of debt. Unfortunately, the prospects for getting out of debt are now grimmer than ever - with inflation at its highest level in almost 40 years and interest rates on the rise. And it looks like there’s little sign...
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Pay
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How To: Prepare for a WRC Hearing

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 07/09/2022 The Adjudication Context The Workplace Relations Commission’s (WRC) adjudication service investigates disputes, grievances and claims made by individuals or small groups under employment, equality and equal status legislation. Under Section 41 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015, Adjudication O...
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Tribunal Practice Procedures and Jurisdictional Issues
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How To: Manage Workplace Conflict

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 09/05/2022 When it comes to ‘conflict’, the bad news is that: ‘an eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind’, so, huge efforts are made by many to sidestep, resolve and eliminate conflict, whether it be in the home, the workplace, the Ukraine or elsewhere. Despite these efforts, ‘conflict’ remains ...
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Dispute Resolution
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How To: Handle The New Code of Practice on Harassment at Work

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 04/04/2022 Introduction Following hard on the heels of the revised Code of Practice on bullying at work, to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has launched an updated version of the 2002 ‘Code of Practice on Sexual Harassment and Harassment at Work’...
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Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures
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How To: Manage Your Time Effectively

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 07/03/2022 Introduction In an era when a return to the workplace is back on the agenda, working time and breaks are protected via the provisions of the Organisation of Working Time Act and the new Code of Practice on the Right to Disconnect applies to all employees (incl. remote workers), this may be a good t...
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A-Typical Working HR Matters ROI
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How To: Develop Effective Empathy for Sensitive Scenarios at Work

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 10/02/2022 Introduction It’s now well established that as a component of emotional intelligence, empathy can play a crucial role at work. Empathy, which is the capacity to really ‘connect’ with others, is critical to our working lives. It enables more effective communication and is positively related to job p...
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Policies and Procedures HR Matters ROI