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How To: Handle Employee Surveillance at Work

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 18/10/2021 Trade unions recently raised concerns about workplace surveillance at Amazon warehouses, following the company’s announcement that they plan to open their first centre in Ireland next year, creating 500 jobs at the Baldonnell Business Park in Dublin. The union’s concerns were fuelled by a recent U....
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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act
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How To: Handle Employee References

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 20/09/2021 Introduction A reference that gives a glowing account of an incompetent employee - perhaps to speed them on their way as far as possible from the employer - can return to haunt that employer. The ‘boomerang reference’ will hit hard when it returns, for if the chef can’t cook, the software programme...
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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act Policies and Procedures
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How To: Ensure Performance Management Isn’t Bullying

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 02/06/2021 An important objective of any manager’s job is to ensure that they get ‘a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay’. However, for many managers, team leaders and supervisors, ensuring that their management style doesn’t give rise to bullying or harassment complaints is a constant concern. Their dilemma...
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How To: Be An Effective ‘Nominated Person’

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 25/05/2021 New Code – Go Informal The new Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work Order 2020encourages an ‘informal problem-solving approach’ as the most appropriate means of ‘addressing allegations of bullying effectively’. Where people are going to c...
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How To: Keep On Top Of Trade Union Recognition Changes

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 20/04/2021 Introduction Despite the furore about working conditions at Amazon in Alabama, USA, their employees recently voted 2:1 vote in favour of retaining non-union status. This enabled them to remain within the ranks of (the well over) 90% of America’s non-union private sector workers. However, it won’t h...
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Collective and Trade Union Issues
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How To: Be An Effective ‘Support Contact Person’ Under Your Organisation’s ‘Dignity At Work’ Policy

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 26/03/2021 In January 2021 the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) issued a new code of practice on bullying at work. This ‘Code Of Practice For Employers And Employees On The Prevention and Resolution Of Bullying At Work’ (S. I. No. 674 of 2020) has been described a...
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How To: Bring Your Bullying and Harassment Policy into Line With The New Code of Practice

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 15/02/2021 Introduction Undoubtedly, the single biggest change in people management practices in Ireland over the past 50 years has been the product of the law. This change pertains from the job advertisement and selection interview right up to the dismissal, redundancy, retirement, reference and pension righ...
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How To: Eliminate Exposure to Claims of Bullying at Work

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 21/01/2021 Introduction Exactly three years after the then Minister of State announced a review of existing codes, the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have published a new ‘Code Of Practice For Employers And Employees On The Prevention and Resolution Of Bullying ...
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Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures
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How To: Manage Attendance and Absenteeism

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 14/01/2021 Introduction The recent decision from the WRC directing the public service to re-engage a craftsman following a lengthy absence from work whilst he lived in Spain, serves as a timely reminder as to ‘best practice’ when it comes to the management of attendance and absenteeism (ADJ-00024403). This re...
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Sickness and Absence
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How To: Properly Manage Probationary Periods

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 01/12/2020 Introduction The recent decision of the Workplace Relations Commission to fine an employer for dismissing a probationer – who ordered Covid-19 masks that didn’t meet the minimum standards and surface cleaner instead of hand sanitiser - serves as a timely reminder that procedural and practical consi...
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Unfair Dismissal Policies and Procedures Probation