Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series

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Drugs and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 09/05/2014 Deirdre Crowley writes:In this Hot Topics article, Deirdre Crowley comments on the recent announcement by Minister Varadkar that employers will be held accountable on a statutory basis for employees driving on public roads when intoxicated. The Minister confirmed that the legislation, which is hera...
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Agency Workers - Where Are We Now?

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 14/03/2014 Deirdre Crowley writes:1. OverviewThe Labour Court has addressed the notion of equal pay as and between agency workers and direct hirees head on. The Court has not been slow to make retrospective awards of pay for agency workers. Specifically, the awards include pay the agency worker ought to have ...
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Parallel Proceedings - Cunningham v Intel Ireland Limited

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 17/01/2014 This article deals with the High Court decision of Cunningham v Intel Ireland Limited.In a decision which has generated significant debate, Mr. Justice Hedigan said that “it is clear from her own pleadings and submissions in the two sets of proceedings that both her employment claim and her persona...
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Key Cost Containment: EAT Decision

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 19/11/2013 Deirdre Crowley writes: This article is about a decision of the Employment Appeals Tribunal where an employer’s approach to a Payment of Wages and union recognition issue was endorsed.The case involves a cross appeal to a decision of the Rights Commissioner (Reference number r-065472-pw-08 et al) u...
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Data Protection – How will the proposed regulations affect your business

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 31/05/2013 Deirdre Crowley writes:Recent media reports have reinforced the importance of appropriately handling employee and business data. This article looks at current best practice in relation to data protection. Necessary steps that need to be taken to get your organisation ready for new and enhanced data...
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New Vetting Procedures for Workers in Childcare and Vulnerable Persons Sectors

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 12/03/2013 Lucy Alley writes:The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law by the President of Ireland on 26 December, 2012. It is anticipated that the Act will come into force later this month.The National Vetting Bureau created under this legislation ...
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Worker Wins Case Against Compulsory Retirement at 65

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 11/01/2013 Deirdre Crowley writes:This article looks at a case where an employee won her case against compulsory retirement at 65.The case of Elizabeth Sweeney v Aer Lingus Teo (DEC-E2012-135) is an important reminder to employers to review their retirement policy to include a reference as to why the employer...
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75,000 Euros Awarded for Victimisation Following Sexual Harassment Complaint

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 05/10/2012 Deirdre Crowley writes: This article looks as a case involving €75,000 awarded for victimisation following a sexual harassment complaint. The importance of reviewing and updating an employer’s harassment policies and equality policies in light of the recent code of practice was highlighted in the E...
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New Code of Practice in relation to Harassment and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 04/09/2012 Deirdre Crowley writes:This article looks at the recently published Employment Equality Act, 1998 (Code of Practice) (Harassment) Order, 2012 (“the Code”) which replaces the previous code dealing with workplace harassment. The new Code reinforces the fact that a policy on sexual harassment and hara...
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Probationary Periods

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 24/07/2012 Louise Keane writes: This article article examines the ever challenging area of probationary periods in this article. Key issues that arise are;1. Why are probationary periods necessary? 2. What terms should a probationary clause contain? 3. How long should a probationary period be? 4. How to handl...