Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series

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Retirement Age

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 25/06/2012 Deirdre Crowley writes: There has been a surge in litigation in recent years with respect to the enforcement by employers of retirement ages. This is not surprising given the attraction of delayed retirement for employees who wish to stay on in the workplace, and the desire of an employer to use re...
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Equality Law and Reasonable Accommodation

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 29/05/2012 Deirdre Crowley writes: In February 2012, the Equality Authority published a guide on mental health in the workplace. This guidance document does not have legislative standing but is relevant to all employers and HR managers on how to manage employees who have mental health difficulties. It is part...
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The Role of Mediation in the Workplace

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 16/04/2012 Deirdre Crowley writes: This article looks at developments in the area of mediation. It highlights a new Labour Relations Commission (“LRC”) initiative that aims to promote the early resolution of workplace disputes through conciliation and mediation. This development comes hot on the heels of the ...
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Whistleblower Legislation on the Horizon

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 13/03/2012 Catherine-Ellen O’Keeffe writes: This article looks at draft legislation introduced by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform which is aimed at protecting whistleblowers who speak out against wrong doing or cover ups by an employer or work colleague: http://bit.ly/ydHUiU A. Significance of...
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Interaction with Medical Experts

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 17/02/2012 Deirdre Crowley writes: This article looks at a High Court case which demonstrates the need for employers to take care in handling long term absences from the workplace and their dealings with medical experts. The decision comes at a time when the High Court appears to be coming down hard on employ...
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JLC and REA Reform on the Horizon - What Can We Expect?

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 20/01/2012 Deirdre Crowley writes:Surprisingly little fanfare has surrounded the publication of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill, 2011 (“the Bill”) on 22 December 2011. http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2011/8411/b8411d.pdf 1. When will an employer’s inability to pay be considered?For...
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Update on Budget 2012 - The Impact on Employers

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 14/12/2011 Deirdre Crowley writes:This article is an overview of Budget 2012 from Crowley Solicitors in connection with Deloitte & Touche. 1. IntroductionBudget 2012 introduces a number of significant changes for employers and employees alike. For example: the standard rate of VAT will increase from 21...
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Update on Agency Workers

Posted in: Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series on 08/12/2011 Deirdre Crowley and Catherine-Ellen O’Keeffe at Crowley Solicitors highlight a significant development in recent days on the application of the EU Agency Work Directive in Irish law. This development sees rights extending to both private and public sector temporary agency workers as and from 5 Dece...