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The Mediation Act 2017

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 07/11/2017 The Mediation Bill which has been around since 2012 was signed into law on the 2 October this year as the Mediation Act 2017 and is expected to be commenced shortly. While the Act expressly excludes from its ambit disputes being investigated or mediated by the Workplace Relations Commission, it put...

What practical advice can you give to employers embarking on the recruitment and selection process?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 05/09/2017 A&L Goodbody are delighted to share ideas on how to manage difficult employment situations with the Legal Island community. At the start of our tenure with the First Tuesday Questions we thought it appropriate to begin by focussing on the start of the employment relationship and specifically wi...

If a potential employee has signed their contract and it has been counter-signed by the employer and handed back to the employee, what action must the employer take if the employee does not present for work?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 05/09/2017 Once the employee has accepted the offer of employment and signed the contract provided, a legally binding contract has been created with a consequent obligation on the employee to turn up for work as expected. However, if the employee doesn't turn up as scheduled on their first day the employer un...
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Contracts of Employment Recruitment and Selection

We have two colleagues who have verbal agreements to work from home. They have been doing so for more than 5 years. What protection do they have as this is not included in their contract of employment? Can the employer change this work practice with one month’s notice?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 01/08/2017 Notwithstanding the fact that only a verbal agreement was reached with these employees, as the employees have enjoyed this arrangement for a significant period of time, the employees’ could reasonably argue that they have an implied right to work at home. A term can be implied into a written emplo...
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Contracts of Employment A-Typical Working

Can suspension result in a constructive dismissal case?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/07/2017 Put simply, suspension can in certain cases result in an employee claiming and succeeding in a claim for constructive dismissal. An employee will succeed in a claim for constructive dismissal if he or she can demonstrate that the employer either acted unreasonably (the “reasonableness test”) or bre...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues Contracts of Employment

We are currently reviewing our Employee Handbook. Do we need to ask our employees to consent to any changes?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 02/05/2017 As a matter of contract law, unless specifically provided for, a contract cannot be amended unilaterally and the consent of both parties is required. Therefore, if the Handbook is expressed to form a part of the employees’ terms and conditions of employment, the consent of the employees is technica...
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Contracts of Employment

We have read a number of stories in the press recently regarding the “gig economy”. Is this a new term in employment law that we need to be concerned with?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/04/2017 The “gig economy” is a relatively new term which describes individuals who are described as self-employed and carry out work on a “free-lance” basis. Examples include arrangements used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and Hassle. It usually involves a service provided by one person to another,...
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Contracts of Employment A-Typical Working

A number of our former employees are continuing to contact customers through LinkedIn following the termination of their employment. Can we do anything to prevent this?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/04/2017 Social media contact ownership is an issue of increasing concern for many employers due to the risks regarding breach of confidentiality and restrictive covenants. Ownership of social media contacts is not regulated by law and can be factually complicated especially where many employees come to the...
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Contracts of Employment Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act

Our sales team wants to dismiss a new hire at the expiry of his probationary period. Are there any issues that we need to be aware of?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 03/04/2017 Generally speaking, employees can be dismissed with relatively little risk during the probationary period as an employee can, save in certain limited circumstances, only bring a claim for unfair dismissal if he or she has one years’ continuous service. However, notwithstanding this, there are a num...
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Unfair Dismissal Contracts of Employment Probation

If a person reaches their contractual retirement age and the employer requires them to stay on for a particular reason, is it correct that only one fixed term contract can be issued?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 06/12/2016 Firstly, it should be noted that under the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015, the imposition of a compulsory retirement age will be discriminatory on grounds of age unless it is objectively justified. An employer can allow an employee to continue working past their compulsory retirement ...
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Contracts of Employment