Employment Law

Return to Work Safely Protocol – Changes in November 2020 – Employer Considerations

    Updated Work Safely Protocol   In November 2020, the Return to Work Safely Protocol was updated, keeping in mind the ongoing changes in public health advice and the Governments Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 Plan for Living with Covid-19.    It is now called the Work Safely Protocol.   The current lockdown is expected…


Remote Working and Employer’s Obligations of Record Keeping

Remote Working and Employer’s Obligations of Record Keeping

Employer’s legal obligations to record working hours and breaks and retain them for 3 years’ can prove challenging at the best of times and even more challenging in the current remote working environment induced due to COVID-19.   Flexibility for remote workers, in particular during Covid-19 restrictions, can include offering flexible start and finish times,…


Making Remote Work - Government Strategy

‘Making Remote Work’ Ireland’s National Remote Work Strategy

  Working From Home – Employer Considerations   On the 15th January 2021, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar revealed the ‘Making Remote Work’ Ireland’s National Remote Work Strategy.  The Strategy’s objective is to ensure that remote working is a permanent feature in the Irish workplace in a way that maximises economic, social and environmental…


The Right to Disconnect - Upcoming Code of Practice

The Right to Disconnect – Upcoming Code of Practice

    Code of Practice on the Right to Disconnect   It has come to light during the Covid-19 restrictions, that employees have found it difficult to switch off from work.  To ensure that they are protected from overwork, the Government has asked the WRC to draw up a code of practice on the right…


Employer loses case after employee’s proposal for remote working during COVID-19 was rejected

  Employee had no option but to resign   An office-based employee who stated that she had no option but to resign from her job during the first Covid-19 lockdown after her employer rejected her plea to work remotely from home has won her case in the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).     The WRC ordered…


Lay-Off and Short-Time Summary Information Ireland Coronavirus

Lay-offs and Short-time

Lay-off A lay-off situation arises where an employer is unable to provide work for an employee, but believes this to be a temporary situation and gives notice to this effect before the cessation of the employees work.    Short-time A short-time situation arises where, due to a reduction in the amount of work to be…


Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2018

Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2018 – Changes for Employers

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act came in to being on 4th March 2019, bringing with it several changes to existing employment legislation, which have had a notable effect on employers in Ireland.    This article focuses on changes to the following three pieces of legislation, which conclude the changes this Act has made to existing…


Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2018

Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2018 – Banded Hours and Five Terms in Five Days

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act came in to being on 4th March 2019, bringing with it several changes to existing employment legislation, which have had a notable effect on employers in Ireland.    This article focuses on changes as a result of the new Act to the following two pieces of employment legislation:   1….


Accruing Annual Leave When On Sick Leave

Accruing Annual Leave When On Sick Leave

Annual Leave while Sick – Employee Entitlements   As most employers are by now aware, the Organisation of Working Time Act was amended effective 1st August 2015, bringing with it significant changes regarding employees’ rights to accrual of annual leave whilst off sick.   Changes to Organisation of Working Time Act   Prior to 1st…


Sectoral-Employment-Order-for-the-Construction-Sector

Sectoral Employment Order for the Construction Sector

The new Sectoral Employment Order (Construction Sector) 2017 took effect from 19 October 2017.    Who is affected by the Sectoral Employment Order?    The Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) is legally binding on construction sector employers. The definition of the sector is wide and covers “Building Firms” and “Civil Engineering Firms” which includes a wide…


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