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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
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How to: Manage Remote Workers

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 14/10/2020 All 5 levels of the Government's recently issued ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020-21 Plan for Living with Covid-19’ entail working from home. Indeed, since the onset of Covid-19, remote working has shot to the top of the ‘people management’ charts. This dramatic ascent is evident from a Central Statis...
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Working Time and Leave Policies and Procedures Coronavirus/Covid-19
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How To: Get the Redundancy Programme Right – 9 Key Rules

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 06/07/2020 In March 2020, as part of the pandemic prescription pertaining to the workplace, the Government suspended the right to pursue statutory severance payments after a 4 week lay-off. This restriction has now been extended to run to August 10th next. The objective of the initiative is to prevent a swarm...
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Unfair Dismissal Redundancy and Reorganisation
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How To: Give Feedback

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 15/06/2020 With Covid-19 stoking fear, anxiety and stress for many employees, there’s no better time to take stock of how best to ‘give feedback’. Effective feedback is central to the process of helping people cope with the current crisis – both for those working ‘on-site’ and especially those working remotel...
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Unfair Dismissal Policies and Procedures
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How To: Meet Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Legal Obligations in the COVID-19 Era

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 30/04/2020 Recent media coverage of a class action lawsuit against an Austrian ski resort for negligence amidst the COVID-19 crisis will serve as a warning to employers. This warning may now be more relevant to the frontline, with fatalities and about 25% of confirmed virus cases in Ireland to be found in the...
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Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19
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How To: Successfully Manage Cutbacks In The Pandemic

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 27/04/2020 The Future As the saying goes: ‘predictions are hazardous, especially about the future’. And it is certainly true that predictions about the duration of and the fall-out from the perilous COVID-19 pandemic are proving problematic. However, on the optimistic basis that the virus can be contained by ...
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How To: Ensure Waiver, Compromise, Severance and Settlement Agreements Work

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 03/04/2020 The COVID-19 coronavirus crisis raises yet again the subject of the status or legality of workplace ‘waiver’ or ‘compromise’ agreements. In the face of so much economic uncertainty, many employers are looking at the scope for shedding staff via such an arrangement. Coincidentally, the Workplace Rel...
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How To: Handle H.R. During The Pandemic

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 30/03/2020 The corona crisis is currently causing considerable consternation around the world. It is also apparent that the fallout therefrom is likely to be both long and painful. Courtesy of this crisis, many HR practitioners are now grappling with a changing context, one that places them centre-stage in th...
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Health and Safety Policies and Procedures Coronavirus/Covid-19
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How To: Determine Pay And Do A Job Evaluation Exercise

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 05/02/2020 Pay is at the heart of all employment relationships. It is often the key reason that people join organisations. It can also be the key reason that people leave organisations. And it is often the key reason determining whether staff feel valued and give of their best or feel undervalued and give as ...
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Pay and Conditions of Employment HR Matters NI