Eversheds HR Speed Brief

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Commencement of New Vetting Legislation Expected Shortly

Posted in: Eversheds HR Speed Brief on 12/08/2014 At present, the vetting of employees in Ireland is carried out on a non-statutory basis. Organisations apply to the Garda Central Vetting Unit to be registered for the purposes of Vetting. This Unit has a discretion as to whether or not it registers an organisation and acts in accordance with its o...
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Recruitment and Selection
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The Impact of Criminal Convictions on the Employment Relationship

Posted in: Eversheds HR Speed Brief on 18/07/2014 Background Discovering an employee has criminal convictions presents a thorny issue for many employers. Potential reputational damage to the company, the impact on other members of staff and the loss of trust in the individual are all concerns that employers must grapple with in this situation. Emp...
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An Employer's Guide to Tackling "World Cup Fever" 2014

Posted in: Eversheds HR Speed Brief on 19/06/2014 The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Brazil on 12 June and is set to run until 13 July. A survey conducted by YouGov for Wolters Kluwer and reported by Legal-Island recently, revealed that 1 in 4 male employees aged between 25-34 may take unauthorised absence from work during the World Cup. Yet on...
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How can Employers use CCTV to Monitor Employees?

Posted in: Eversheds HR Speed Brief on 23/05/2014 The Data Protection Commissioner recently published his annual report. As identified by the Data Protection Commissioner, there is an increasing trend for employers to seek to record employees and use the recordings at a later stage. Employers often assume such recordings can always be used, but em...
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Passing on Perks: Secondary Selling by Employees of Sport/Entertainment Tickets

Posted in: Eversheds HR Speed Brief on 24/04/2014 Last year, French bank Crédit Agricole cut travel and entertainment expenses for its bankers. New measures capped employee expenses and imposed limits on the use of taxis, expensive hotels and gourmet meals. The angry response from employees revealed the powerful effect which perks/benefits-in-kind...
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Whistleblowing Laws - What Will It Mean for Employers?

Posted in: Eversheds HR Speed Brief on 28/03/2014 Given the controversies of the last few weeks culminating in Garda Commissioner Callinan’s resignation on Tuesday, many employers may be asking themselves what is their responsibility if an employee makes a disclosure and could therefore be categorised as a “whistleblower”. As Garda Callinan discov...
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Indirect Discrimination on the Grounds of Race

Posted in: Eversheds HR Speed Brief on 31/01/2014 Decision of the Labour Court in Tolulope Awojuola v Dublin Institute of Technology (23 December 2013) Introduction In this recent case, the Equality Tribunal and the Labour Court considered whether the higher level of fees paid by international students compared to Irish or EU students, amounted to...
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Discrimination and Equality Human Rights
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Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace

Posted in: Eversheds HR Speed Brief on 26/11/2013 How can an employer ensure the workplace is Drug and Alcohol free? Drug and alcohol abuse has become an increasingly significant problem for employers. Research has shown that more than 70% of substance abusers are in full-time employment. Alcohol has been an implied cause in 60% of all workplace a...
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Surrogacy vs The Law

Posted in: Eversheds HR Speed Brief on 22/10/2013 At the end of September, Advocate General (“AG”) Wahl of the European Court of Justice gave an opinion that an Irish woman had not been discriminated against by her employer when she was refused paid maternity or adoptive leave after her child was born through a surrogate. This was in contrast to t...
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Employees Engaging in Dangerous Practices in the Workplace

Posted in: Eversheds HR Speed Brief on 17/09/2013 Smith v Health Service Executive [2013] 7 JIC 2602 The High Court’s recent decision in Smith v Health Service Executive will be of interest to both employers and those involved in litigation generally, for two reasons. First, it confirms that although employers can be held liable for standing by an...