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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…


Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020 – Redundancy Triggers

Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020 – Redundancy Triggers

  On 27 March 2020, the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020 was signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.   On the employment law front, as well as the signing into law of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme, a further key element of the Act is the changes arising to…


Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing

  We are continuing to keep you up to date with the fast-moving government and HSE guidance to keep our work colleagues, customers and our families safe. Preparing for Contact Tracing   Another step in your workplace measures if you are not already doing it, could include preparing for contact tracing.    Contact tracing may…


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…


HR Q&A for Credit Unions Regarding Coronavirus Situation

HR Q&A for Credit Unions Regarding Coronavirus Situation

  Measures being adopted or considered   1. Q. What ‘stop the spread of Coronavirus’ measures are credit unions adopting for the health and safety of their staff?   Gloves and sanitizers, Perspex on the counter for all frontline staff, plus hand wash/soap and paper towels in all bathrooms, tissue boxes available everywhere, HSE signs…


Coronavirus-Effects For HR & Employers-What You Need To Know.

Coronavirus Effects For Business-13 Things You Need To Know.

Our team have been dealing with several HR questions over the course of the past few weeks, and the last week in particular as the Coronavirus risks have increased further. The questions are changing by the hour and the challenges for business are increasing every day. We include some of our HR FAQ’s in this…


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