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Storm Ophelia: Employee absences due to unforeseen weather events

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 17/10/2017 In light of the recent disruption caused to businesses by Storm Ophelia, how do I handle employee absences due to unforeseen weather events in future? Unanticipated environmental-related events will invariably arise from time to time. Many people will recall the “double-whammy” of the eruption of ...
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How to Manage Short Term Absence in the Workplace

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 19/09/2017 I have been experiencing difficulty managing a number of employees with high levels of short-term absences. How do I handle it? A key element of managing absence effectively is to ensure that the employer is accurately monitoring and measuring absence levels on an on-going basis. If not in place ...
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GDPR: Freely Given, Specific, Informed and Unambiguous Consent

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 15/08/2017 “Our company deals with the processing of employee data by including a provision in contracts of employment consenting to such processing. I have heard that this may no longer be permitted when the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is introduced. How do I handle it?” The General Da...
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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act
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Posted Workers – Working in Another EU Member State on a Temporary Basis

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 17/07/2017 ‘Our German branch is sending some employees from that entity to our entity in Ireland for a temporary project. They will remain employed by the German entity and the project is short-term. As these are EU employees, are there additional considerations we need to take into account for the duration...
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Remedies and Redress Following an Unfair Dismissal Claim

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 22/06/2017 “I am a HR Manager in the hospitality industry and have received a letter from the Workplace Relations Commission enclosing an unfair dismissal claim from a former employee. This employee was dismissed for theft and fraud offences following an extensive investigation and disciplinary process, so we...
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Unfair Dismissal
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Employers’ legal responsibilities to employees who travel or work abroad

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 16/05/2017 “We have an employee who travels abroad (including to remote regions) regularly as part of their work. What is our responsibility to the employee while they are working abroad and in the event of an incident?” There is no specific legislation to which an employer can turn to understand its precise...
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Health and Safety Policies and Procedures
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How do the courts define bullying and harassment?

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 19/04/2017 “We have an employee who is alleging bullying and harassment in the workplace and we are unsure as to exactly what constitutes bullying and harassment, we also think that there may be other health issues in the background that have not been disclosed to us. How do we tell what amounts to bullying a...
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The Retention of Employment Records in Compliance with the GDPR

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 16/03/2017 I have heard there are specific rules regarding retention of employment records, but I am unsure how this interacts with my obligations under Data Protection Legislation. How do I handle it? With less than fifteen months until the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) comes into force on 25t...
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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act
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HR Compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 21/02/2017 The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR” or “Regulation”) will come into force on 25th May 2018. As part of our HR strategy for 2017, I have been asked to start assessing our company’s compliance with the Regulation from a HR perspective. How do we handle it? Today Catherine-Ellen O’Keeffe, ...
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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act
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How should we introduce a dress code policy?

Posted in: How Do I Handle It ROI on 18/01/2017 “Much of our business is public facing and the corporate image we project in dealing with customers is very important. We want to introduce a dress code policy to ensure high standards are maintained – what issues should we look out for?” Dress codes are often used in the workplace and there are ma...