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Abercrombie Age Limit of 25 for On Call Workers is Legitimate

Abercrombie Age Limit of 25 for On Call Workers is Legitimate

In an interesting ruling recently, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) determined that the age limit of 25 used by Abercrombie & Fitch for on-call workers is not unlawful because it pursues a legitimate aim.   The Italian law in question stipulates that an on-call employment contract, whereby the worker makes themselves available…


Compulsory Retirement Age

With much discussion in the media, in the courts and among employers in recent times, in this article we look at the current situation regarding enforcing a compulsory retirement age.   State Pension Age   Since January 1, 2014 the age at which a person is entitled to a State Pension is 66 years. This…

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Objective Justification required for compulsory Retirement Age

With much discussion in the media and among employers recently, the following case will be of interest to all who are considering retirement age in the workplace.   Compulsory retirement age of 65 – is it valid?   A pilot with Lufthansa CityLine had taken a case to 65 the Court of Justice of the…

Unfair Dismissal Award

Unfair Dismissal Award following the making of a Protected Disclosure

In this case, an installation engineer was dismissed by a communications provider shortly after he made a protected disclosure to the company’s managing director.     He began work with the company on July 27, 2015.     On January 7, 2016, he had refused to use equipment because he deemed it unsafe, therefore he…

Discrimination on grounds of age during recruitment process

Discrimination on grounds of age during recruitment process

The recent Tennis Ireland case before the WRC, reported in IRN, resulted in the WRC Adjudication Officer deciding that  Tennis Ireland had discriminated against the former director of development at the International Tennis Federation, on the ground of age, when it selected a less qualified candidate for the post of chief executive.   The claimant…

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52% of Credit Union Members are Fully Engaged, Yet Lose Customers to the Banks

In this article, we cover an interesting piece of research from Gallup about customer service, customer engagement and use of services in credit unions, community banks and national banks in the US.   Gallup found that community banks and credit unions have higher customer and member engagement than national banks, but miss out on providing…

Benefits of 360 Degree Feedback

The Top 3 Benefits of 360 Degree Feedback for Leaders

The 360 degree process is not new. It is well tried and tested. But, what are the benefits? The benefits can be summarised as follows.   1) Increased Self-Awareness One of the most important benefits to an employee receiving 360 degree feedback is increased self-awareness. People learn about their blind spots, and often times find…

360 Degree Feedback

The Strengths of 360-Degree Feedback for Leaders

Why is it that 85% of the Fortune 500 companies use 360-degree feedback as the backbone of their leadership development programs?   In a nutshell, “Because it works.”   Leaders and managers regularly say that 360 feedback was instrumental in their development.   Many leaders will have taken several 360-degree assessments over their career. Once…

360 Degree Feedback

What does 360 Feedback do?

What is 360 Feedback for?   A 360 Feedback Survey usually measures behaviours and competencies. It provides feedback on how others perceive an employee compared to how the employee sees themselves.   It can give the person very powerful feedback on behaviours and competencies related to areas such as leadership style, people management, relationship building…

360 Degree Feedback

Is Using 360 Degree Feedback as part of the Performance Appraisal system a good idea?

Organisations typically use a 360 feedback system in one of two ways:   1. 360 Feedback as a Development Tool to help employees recognize strengths and weaknesses and become more effective   When done properly, 360 is highly effective as a development tool. The feedback process gives people an opportunity to provide anonymous feedback to…

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