Forthcoming HR & Employment Law Webinars

Forthcoming HR & Employment Law Webinars

Legal-Island has a number of free employment law and HR webinars planned throughout 2021.

Registration is free, and the list of upcoming webinars (along with links to the registration page) is below.


Implications for HR of the Code of Practice on the Right to Disconnect

Thursday 13 May (11.00 - 11.45am) with the HR Suite

In this month's webinar, Caroline McEnery, Managing Director of The HR Suite and HR and Employment Law Expert, will discuss the HR implications of the new code of practice on the right to disconnect. In particular, Caroline will focus on:

- The Organisation of Working Time Act and the right to disconnect
- Do policies need updated in light of this.
- Do HR staff need to coach managers to ensure compliance with the code.
- What about remote/agile workers and the right to disconnect.
- What about peaks and troughs in workload – are there exceptions for this.
- What if someone is happy to work extra hours or respond to emails outside normal hours.

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An Audience with RDJ - May 2021

Friday 21 May 2021 (11.00 - 11.45am) with Ronan Daly Jermyn

In this brand new bi-monthly feature from Legal Island and Ronan Daly Jermyn, Scott Alexander, Head of Learning and Development, will discuss key employment law developments with the Partners in RDJ’s Employment Team, including the effervescent Jennifer Cashman and her equally lively colleagues David McCarroll, Deirdre Malone, Antoinette Vahey and Michelle Ryan.

During this webinar Scott will be joined by Anotinette Vahey, Partner with RDJ to discuss your employment law queries.

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Flexible Family-Friendly Working: What Does New Best Practice Look Like?

Friday 18 June 2021 (11.00 - 11.45am) with Bright Horizons

Q2 has marked a new chapter in life and work, with several steps forward. Coronavirus restrictions began easing, and the vaccination programme speeded up, just after a new official code of practice came into place on the right to disconnect from work.

Around the same time, the Tánaiste also invited submissions on putting the right to seek remote working into law.

In this context, Legal Island will be discussing what the next phase holds for employers, with a focus on work-life balance, particularly in relation to working families.

Over the previous year, the pandemic had fundamentally transformed our work-life dynamic, further blurring the lines between work and family. The Department of Enterprise and Employment described both new public policy initiatives as part of Leo Varadkar’s plan “to create more flexible family-friendly working arrangements, including working from home and working more flexible hours”.

  • Learn what Ireland’s leading employers are doing now, and next, to engage their workforces and enable work-life balance in a new hybrid working world
  • Focus in on how to help working parents and carers meet the novel challenges ahead as we move towards the summer, and then the Autumn.
  • Identify the lessons worth keeping from how working parents and carers coped with periodic lockdowns, and the school-free world. What can employers continue to do to provide practical support with care.

Legal Island has joined forces with Oliver Daniels, Client Services Manager at Bright Horizons to consider what it means to be a family-friendly employer in Ireland in – and after - the ‘Time of Covid’ and in a new world of work-life balance.

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 Listeners may ask questions live through a chat box or listen back after broadcast.


"Just to say that the webinar earlier this week was excellent. I was able to use the information immediately! Looking forward to next week's already! Keep up the great work! "
Bernadette Kinsella, Assistant General Secretary, JMB

"I liked the structure, there were concise overviews of a few different topics so it was easy to remain engaged and interested. "
Anna Purcell, Purcell & Kennedy

"Great speaker, answered questions clearly and simplified the subject matter so it was easily digestible in a 45 minute session"
Ciara Carty, Nursing Homes Ireland

"[I liked] the way information was explained so simply and effectively."
Shaunagh Dunican, RBK

"Time well spent, [I liked the] speedy pace and variety of topics covered."
Barbara Dempsey, Barnardos

"Quick, informative and easy!"
Sinead Cockram, Swissport Dublin



  • Caroline McEnery
    Caroline McEnery Managing Director
    The HR Suite

    Caroline McEnery is Managing Director of The HR Suite and HR and an Employment Law Expert. Caroline is a former member on the Low Pay Commission and is also an Adjudication Officer in the Workplace Relations Commission.

  • Antoinette Vahey
    Antoinette Vahey Partner
    Ronan Daly Jermyn

    Antoinette is a Partner in RDJ's Employment Group. She has extensive experience providing practical and strategic legal advice to clients in a range of areas such as wrongful and unfair dismissal; discrimination; absenteeism and work related stress; performance management; temporary and contingent workers; collective redundancies; restrictive covenants and severance agreements. She also devises in-house training sessions and policies for clients in respect of grievance and disciplinary matters, dignity at work and social media.  

  • Oliver Daniels
    Oliver Daniels Client Services Manager
    Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions

    As both doting father and loving son, Oliver Daniels has first-hand experience of the daily challenges working parents can face – all of which inspire and motivate him to help ensure other parents and carers can make work+family really work.

    In his role as Operations Manager for Backup Care, Oliver was responsible for smooth and seamless service delivery throughout the UK and Ireland. He led the Backup Care team for eight years, working closely with our web team to develop and implement improved systems and processes, as well as growing and maintaining both countries’ largest Backup Care provider network.

    Since moving to the Business Development team just over a year ago. Oliver has enthusiastically promoted all we do: bringing new family-friendly employers on board; regularly joining our thought leadership and networking events; and on occasion even trying his hand at public speaking… “all for the cause”, in his own words. He is our business development lead for Ireland, a natural fit given the amount of time he usually spends there.

Event details


30-60 minutes


13 May 2021


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