Crowley Solicitors Hot Topics Series

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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...
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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...