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When the State itself gets things wrong, I ask : how?

The other day I wrote about the Employment (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 2018 which this month comes into operation and makes very serious changes to employment rights and so it impacts on casual contracts, tries to do away with zero hours contracts, imposes new...

Zero hour contracts to become a thing of the past!

When the Employment (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 2018 comes into operation on the 25 March 2019, employment contracts must ensure that contracts are for a certain number of hours of work greater than zero. This requirement will not apply in limited circumstances,...

How important are written records?

Hint: Very! A former customer service executive claimed under Sections 7, 8 & 9 of the Unfair Dismissals Act and was awarded €4707 in compensation. Background: The complainant commenced her employment on the 20th of June 2016 under a 6 month fixed-term contract....

Discrimination in the Workplace – What you need to know

The word “discrimination” is often misused when it comes to employment law. Under Irish employment legislation a person can only be discriminated against if they are treated in a less favourable way than another person based on any of the following 9 grounds: gender,...

No CID Entitlement Despite Breach by Employer

In accordance with its EU obligations, Ireland was required to establish a framework to prevent abuse arising from the use of successive fixed-term employment contracts. In doing so, Irish legislation now sets out that a fixed-term employee cannot be employed on 2 or...

Compensation Awarded to AWOL Employee Unfairly Dismissed

Background The complainant had been employed by the respondent company as a Warehouse Manager for just over 18 years when he was dismissed on allegations of gross misconduct. On October 30th the complainant received a call from his wife, who was trapped in her home...

Long term absence during a probationary period?

A respondent employer was ordered to pay €10,000 to the complainant in compensation for breaches of the Employment Equality Acts. Background The complainant initially commenced employment for the respondent through a recruitment agency between May and October 2012,...