Essentials of Employment Law - Special Offer

Essentials of Employment Law - Special Offer

The Essentials of Irish Employment Law online course is specifically designed to give attendees a thorough grounding in the main components of Irish employment law.  With so many changes taking place in today’s workplaces, including hybrid and remote working, an understanding of core employment laws is now more important than ever before.

This is an interactive 2 x half day online event, delivered by a team of highly experienced employment law experts. The sessions will be supported by a comprehensive pack of notes on Irish employment law as well as a number of practical exercises throughout the sessions to help enforce learning.  The online sessions will also be complemented with access to a number of additional e-learning programmes aimed to help supplement attendees’ understanding of Employment Laws in Ireland. 

What are the learning outcomes?

By the end of this event attendees will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the key sources of Irish Employment Law and the roles of the Workplace Relations Commission
  • Have a comprehensive pack of notes on the key components of Irish Employment Law
  • Have an awareness of the latest developments in employment law
  • Have a thorough understanding of employment equality matters
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the importance of fair procedures in discipline and dismissal situations

What will be covered?

  • Sources of employment law and the roles of the Workplace Relations Commission
  • Contracts of employment
  • Employment equality and discrimination issues
  • Fair procedures in discipline and dismissals
  • Key developments in employment law in the next 12 months

Additional Learning Aids

In addition to attending the live sessions with our experts, attendees will have exclusive access to the following e-learning programmes to complete in their own time:

  • Whistleblowing Awareness in the Workplace
  • Data Protection in the Workplace
  • Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

When and where?

This event will take place online over 2 half days; Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th June 2023. Online


Standard Rate: €445

AREL 2022 Attendees Special Price: €395


Day 1


Welcome and Introduction

Laura McKee, Knowledge Partner, Legal Island


Irish Employment Law in Context

In this session Dr Gerry McMahon, HR Consultant and former Adjudication Officer,outlines the key sources of law that influence the legal relationship between employees and employers.  This includes:

  • The Irish Constitution
  • Domestic and EU Legislation
  • Case law
  • Industrial Relations Law - collective agreements, Employment Regulation Orders and Sectoral Employment Order
  • Custom and Practice



Role of the WRC and the Irish Courts’ System for enforcement of employment rights

In this session Dr Gerry McMahon outlines the role of the WRC in:

  • Providing information on employment rights and responsibilities
  • Conducting workplace inspections
  • Providing an Adjudication Service 

We also consider options available to parties that are unhappy with a WRC decision or who prefer to seek redress through other available fora.
Includes Q&A


Comfort Break


Contracts of Employment Part 1

A contract of employment is made up of both written and implied terms and contracts are influenced by statute, industry and competition for talent.  This session by Sinead Morgan, Senior Associate in RDJ’s Employment Group highlights:

  • Types of employment (permanent, fixed term, agency workers, full/part time)
  • Employment status (including gig economy)
  • Formation of a contract of employment – offer, acceptance, consideration, certainty, legally binding.


Refreshment Break 


Contracts of Employment Part 2

Sinead Morgan continues with Contracts of Employment highlighting:

  • Written terms of employment and other contractual terms, e.g. probation, minimum

terms, remote and hybrid working, EU requirements, employee handbooks (including essential policies/procedures); flexible working; SSP

  • Minimum employment rights in relation to pay, hours, holidays and sickness entitlement (SSP).
  • Varying contracts of employment


Interactive Exercise – Varying a Contact of Employment and Q&A with Sinead Morgan


Close of Day 1


Day 2


Welcome to Day 2

Laura McKee, Knowledge Partner, Legal Island


Discrimination and Employment Equality Part 1

In this session, Marian Jennings, Solicitor and Employment Law Lecturer, provides an overview of the scope of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2015 and includes an outline of:

  • Scope of the Employment Equality Acts
  • 9 Protected Grounds and latest developments
  • Definitions: direct and indirect discrimination; victimisation; harassment; vicarious liability.
  • Avoiding discrimination in access to employment.


Comfort Break


Discrimination and Equality Part 2

Marian continues in this session to explore the implications of the Employment Equality Acts and includes a brief outline of:

  • Pregnancy and maternity rights.
  • Harassment & Sexual Harassment Code of Practice.
  • Disability discrimination and duty to make reasonable accommodations.
  • Equal pay and gender pay gap reporting.
  • Retirement age and dismissal


Discrimination Scenarios and Q&A Session


Refreshment Break


Discipline and Dismissal

Employing fair procedures in a dismissal situation is essential in demonstrating fairness. This session, delivered by Claire Macken, Solicitor in RDJ’ LLPs Employment Team, outlines what is meant by fair procedures and considers the right to claim unfair dismissal. Topics include:

  • The Unfair Dismissals Acts 1997 - 2015 and the right to claim
  •  Fair procedures – essential elements
  • Wrongful Dismissal (including injunctions)
  • Dismissal during probation
  • No-fault Dismissal
  • Dismissal for Protected Disclosure
  • Remedies in unfair dismissals




Key Developments in Employment Law in the Next 12 Month

In this final session Claire Macken will highlight some recent key employment developments and what we expect to see in the next 12-month period which includes:

  • The European Union (Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions) Regulations 2022 (which came into force on 16 December 2022)
  • Work Life Balance Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2022 (expected to be enacted on 2023)


Final Q&A and Close of Event



  • Claire Macken
    Claire Macken Solicitor

    Claire is a Solicitor, practising as part of the firm’s Employment team. She has extensive experience advising clients in the private and public sector on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including claims for unfair dismissal, equality and discrimination claims, personal injuries, redundancy and fixed-term legislation. She also provides advice on grievances, bullying and harassment investigations, and disciplinary and performance issues.

    Claire also has a keen interest in alternative dispute resolutions and has gained vast practical experience of settlement negotiations and mediations.

    She is a member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and Irish Women Lawyers’ Association. She also contributes to Legal Island’s publication service.

  • Dr Gerry McMahon
    Dr Gerry McMahon Managing Director
    Productive Personnel Ltd

    Gerry McMahon is acknowledged as a national expert in the area of People Management and Employee Relations.  He has over 40 years’ practical experience working as an advisor/consultant in the area, across a range of sectors.  He also has extensive experience working as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, team builder, negotiator, adjudicator, mediator, coach, investigator, researcher, arbitrator and expert witness on behalf of a wide range of Government departments, public sector enterprises, semi-state entities, blue chip companies, professional institutes, trade unions, staff associations, employer and community/voluntary and religious organisations.


  • Marian Jennings
    Marian Jennings Specialist in Employment & Business Law
    TU Dublin

    Marian is an experienced Law Lecturer, with a specialist offering developed over 20 years, in Employment and Business Law. She offers the combined value of a proven track record in academia together with professional private practice/in-house legal roles and significant board, governance and organisational management experience in the community and voluntary sector.  

  • Sinead Morgan
    Sinead Morgan Senior Associate

    Sinead is a Senior Associate, practising as part of the Employment Law Team. She has significant advisory experience providing prompt practical employment advice to employers and HR practitioners on areas such as employee benefits, grievance and disciplinary processes, redundancy and restructuring processes, dismissals, Covid-19 related issues, health and safety and GDPR issues. She takes a hands-on approach when dealing with clients with an emphasis on mitigating risk. She has advised across a range of sectors from retail and manufacturing to biotech, outsourcing and start-ups.

    Sinead has a strong background dealing with contentious matters and regularly represents employers before the Workplace Relations, Labour Court and High Court in a variety of disputes to include misconduct dismissals and redundancies.

    Sinead has experience drafting, tailoring and updating employment contracts, policies and handbooks for clients to address their specific needs. She also develops bespoke training sessions for clients on topical issues impacting on their businesses.

    Sinead also works with our corporate team in completing due diligence projects and addressing employment and TUPE issues at various stages from tenders to post completion queries.

Event details


2 Half Days: 13th and 14th June


13 June 2023




Standard Rate: €445

AREL 2022 Attendees Special Price: €395