Essentials of Irish Employment Law

Essentials of Irish Employment Law

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This 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 course, 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 eLearning courses aimed to help supplement attendees’ understanding of Employment Laws in Ireland. 

What are the learning outcomes?

By the end of this course 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 eLearning courses to complete in their own time:

  • Whistleblowing Awareness in the Workplace
  • Data Protection in the Workplace
  • Diversity & Inclusion - The Importance of Conscious Inclusion

Complimentary access to these courses offers attendees an additional saving of €120. As an attendee of this event, you will also qualify for 50% discount to implement any of our eLearning courses across your organisation.

Who should attend?

Anyone with a need to know the main building blocks of Irish employment law including HR Managers, Supervisors, In-house Lawyers and Legal & HR Advisers. Ideal for those new to employment law or seeking a refresher course. This event is not suitable for those with extensive knowledge of Irish employment law.

When & Where?

This course will take place online on the Newrow platform over two half days; a date is to be confirmed.


Standard Rate: €425
Standard Charity Rate*: €375

Save €20 when you book and pay online when booking.

*All organisations with fewer than 50 employees or charities qualify for our Charity/Small company rate. The number of employees includes all branches, subsidiary/parent companies, boards, trusts and federated organisations.

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Day 1


Welcome and Introduction

Rolanda Markey, Legal Island


Irish Employment Law in Context

In this session Dr Gerry McMahon, HR Consultant and 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 Claire Macken, Solicitor in Ronan Daly Jermyn’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 


Discipline and Dismissal

Employing fair procedures in a dismissal situation is essential in demonstrating fairness.  This session, delivered by Claire Macken, 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




Close of Day 1

Day 2


Welcome to Day 2

Christine Quinn, 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 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


Contracts of Employment Part 2

This session by Alan Devaney, Solicitor in Ronan Daly Jermyn’s employment group highlights:

  • 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).

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


Interactive Exercise - Varying a Contract of Employment and Q&A Session


Key Developments in Employment Law in the Next 12 Month

In this final session Alan Devaney will highlight the key employment developments we expect to see in the next 12-month period which includes:

  • Right to request remote working
  • Tips and Gratuities Bill
  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Gender Pay Gap Reporting
  • Work-life balance bill
  • Transparent and predictable working conditions Directive
  • Protected disclosures (Amendment) Bill


Final Q&A and Close of Event


"Used plain, understandable language which is so important when explaining some of the complex issues such as contracts. Covered all the basics - excellent for a novice like me. I also appreciated the 'plain English' notes in the pack. I will be eager to attend further sessions hosted by Legal-Island in the future." 
Ann Moore, HR & Governance Administrator, Citizens Information Board

"I really liked the broad range of HR areas covered."
Olwyn Keogh, HR Manager, Betdaq - Ladbroke Service Ireland Limited

“The speakers were very passionate and knowledgeable on the topics which made it more interesting and kept your mind focused.”
Jessica Hughes, Office Manager, Robinson Services

“Excellent, there was a lot of content and I will use the notes to look back on going forward.”
Claire Livingstone, Contracts Officer, Trinity College Dublin

“Great course. I really enjoyed it and it was very well presented.”
Tanya Alexander, HR Co-Ordinator, Dylan Hotel Dublin

 “Really well presented.”
Eithne Murphy, A/ Head of HR, Galway City Council

“Excellent event - I attended a similar type prior provided by another hr consultancy firm but Legal Island delivered well above an adequate level. The set of notes is almost a HR contact's bible.”
Elaine Barry, Human Resources Executive, KBI Global Investors Limited

“Content was relevant and well presented. The presenters had a clear depth of knowledge on the subject matter and were well able to answer questions on the subject matter - it also ran on schedule.”
Thomas Griffin, Owner, Griffin Management Solutions

"Overall it was a very insightful and interesting course which broadened my understanding and highlighted how much I (unfortunately) was ignorant off - good job all round."
David O'Connor, Clerical Officer, Court Service

"Thoroughly enjoyed the event refreshed my existing knowledge and gave me some areas for improvement. The takeaway notes were of a superior quality."
Céline Bowyer, General Manager, Roscrea & Thurles Leisure Centre

"In-depth knowledge, good delivery and a simplification of what could be perceived as complex - excellent."
Deborah Rogan, Head of Operations/MCO, Canadian Embassy

"I really enjoyed the day, as someone relatively new to the world of HR and recruitment, I learned so much in such a short space of time."
Eileen McKenna, HR Officer, Wicklow County Council

"Best course on employment law I attended in a long while. Captured very broad spectrum of topics."
Veronica Plunkett, Administrative Officer Employee Relations HR, Dublin City Council


  • Rolanda Markey
    Rolanda Markey Learning and Development Services Officer
    Legal Island

    Rolanda Markey joined the Learning and Development team at Legal Island in March 2019.  Prior to that she worked for the Labour Relations Agency in Belfast for 17 years as an Employment Relations Officer working in both Advisory (good practice) Services and Dispute Resolution.  Before joining the Labour Relations Agency, she worked in Human Resources in a range of public and private sector organisations.  She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has an MSc in Occupational Psychology. 

  • 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.


  • Claire Macken
    Claire Macken Solicitor
    Ronan Daly Jermyn LLP

    Claire Macken is a Solicitor in RDJ’s Employment Team. She has extensive experience advising clients in the private and public sector on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, to include 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.

  • 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.  

  • Alan Devaney
    Alan Devaney Solicitor
    Ronan Daly Jermyn LLP

    Alan Devaney is a solicitor in RDJ’s employment group. He represents employers of all sizes and across all industries, advising on a wide range of employment relation matters including reviewing company policies and procedures, employment related due diligence, redundancies and wrongful and unfair dismissals. Alan has acted in the defence of claims in employment-related proceedings and understands the critical importance of adopting a pragmatic and commercially sensible approach to defending these type of claims. 

    Alan is a regular contributor to Legal Island’s email service.

Event details


2 Half Days; 11 & 12 May


11 May 2022


Online - Newrow


Standard Rate: €425
Standard Charity Rate: €375

Save €20 when you book and pay online when booking.