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Rise of the Silver Staffers – An Ageing Irish Workforce

Consider the word retirement. What springs to mind? Is it a peaceful, quiet passing of the days, filled with gardening and grandchildren? A precious time to indulge in your favourite pastimes, and reminisce about a life well-lived? Or perhaps the word conjures something darker – the creeping feeling of being surpassed by a younger upstart; being put out to pasture, …

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Dealing with Pokémon GO at Work – A Guide for Irish Employers

Virtual reality games like Pokémon GO are increasingly raising concerns for employers about productivity and safety.  The groundbreaking smartphone app, Pokémon GO, has undoubtedly become a craze across Ireland and beyond. The app allows players to explore the real world with their smartphones in the hunt for virtual Pokémon characters. A recent Forbes poll shows that 69% of Pokémon GO …

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Pregnancy Discrimination in Ireland: What Do Employers Need to Know?

A female employee announces that she is pregnant. You may very well be happy for her – and congratulate her on the happy news. But the news can present you with significant challenges. Will she be healthy until close to delivery? Who will handle her responsibilities during her absence? Will you be able to defer some of her tasks? Or …

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What Do Irish Employers Need to Know About Dismissing Employees?

Dismissing employees – a very stressful step – but nonetheless a step that must sometimes be taken.  If you need on-site help to manage a challenging employee situation contact us at 056 7701 060. Below you’ll find a useful infographic from our guest blogger Anne O’Connell – partner and head of the Employment Law Department in Sherwin O’Riordan.  Anne is …

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Dismissals During the Probationary Period: A Guide for Irish Employers

Probation is a close-ended status given to new employees of an organisation for a specified period of time. The purpose of such probationary periods is to allow the hiring employer to closely evaluate the new employee's performance and behaviour as they interact with fellow employees and, where appropriate, others - customers, suppliers, etc. Please sign up for free to read ...
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The danger in managing an underperforming employee out!

The conventional way of formally dealing with a consistently under-performing employee is to begin a disciplinary process.  And the groundwork for being able to do this requires an employer to have in place a rigorous disciplinary process of which all employees have been made aware. If the employer fails to correctly follow disciplinary procedures they are leaving themselves exposed to …

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Be very careful when moving to dismiss!

An employer had an employee about whom a colleague has made a complaint.  The nature of the complaint?  The employee was “preaching religion to his work colleagues and to members of the public”.  The employee did not deny this. The employer gave him a verbal warning and told him that it was unacceptable for him to preach to colleagues or members …

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The Role of the HR Function in Fraud Prevention and Detection

This post is the 2nd in a series on workplace fraud.  The first post outlined how a company should deal with a fraud that they believe has been perpetrated against them by one of their own employees. This article will examine how the HR function can play a pivotal role in helping to prevent or at least significantly reduce the risk …

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The Enemy Within: How Should a Company Handle a Case of Suspected Fraud?

The economic downturn in Ireland has increased the financial pressure on people.  PwC partner Bob Semple said in 2009 that “No organisation or industry is immune from the threat of fraud….In these tough times, the temptation to take part in a fraud may overcome ethical values.”  Or as Andrew Brown from Deloitte put it, “think of the current pressures that …

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Workplace Stress: Can Your Business Afford a Personal Injury Claim?

Mental health conditions include stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.   In extreme cases there is also the risk of suicide. Employers have a duty towards their employees – to protect them from injury and to provide them with a safe environment in which to work. These are not un-related.  The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act of 2005 …