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New Protections for Temporary Agency Workers - 5 December Deadline Approaches

Posted in: LK Shields on Employment Law on 20/10/2011 IntroductionThe EU Directive on Temporary Agency Work (Directive 2008/104/EC, the “Directive”) is due to be transposed by all Member States of the European Union by 5 December 2011. The central objective of the Directive is to ensure equal treatment between temporary agency workers and workers recr...

Good News for Employers in the JLC System

Posted in: LK Shields on Employment Law on 29/07/2011 In a landmark case (John Grace Fried Chicken Limited, John Grace and Quick Service Food Alliance Limited -v-The Catering Joint Labour Committee, the Labour Court, Ireland and the Attorney General - High Court 2008 No. 10663P), Mr. Justice Feeney of the High Court has ruled that the Joint Labour Com...
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Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment Disputes

Posted in: LK Shields on Employment Law on 24/05/2011 IntroductionAs the volume of employment claims increases, so too do the inevitable delays in resolving those claims. Waiting times of over 70 weeks are not uncommon in the Employment Appeals Tribunal, with delays in the region of two years in the Equality Tribunal. Now, more than ever, employers sh...

Absences, Duvet Days and the Recession Incentive

Posted in: LK Shields on Employment Law on 09/05/2011 Unauthorised absences are both frustrating and costly for employers. A report published in July 2010 by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions is instructive as to the extent of the problem in Ireland. The report refers to various sources which have estimated t...

Subject Access Requests Under Data Protection Law

Posted in: LK Shields on Employment Law on 25/03/2011 Deirdre Kilroy, Head of Intellectual Property and Technology at LK Shields Solicitors, takes us through a few pertinent questions and answers which all employers should bear in mind considering the recent trend in complaints made to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.What is data protec...

Health and Safety Laws and the Lone Worker

Posted in: LK Shields on Employment Law on 22/02/2011 IntroductionIn recent years both employers and employees have begun to explore less traditional working arrangements in a bid to cut costs, increase productivity and foster a better work/life balance. Employers have the same responsibility for the safety and health of employees who work from home, ...