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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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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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‘Tis the season to be jolly but what if the Christmas party goes wrong?

According to a survey conducted in September by Close Brothers, an increasing number of companies will be holding Christmas parties this year.  Their MD for Ireland, Harry Parkinson, said that “this noticeable increase is a positive sign that business confidence is on the rise”.  It is of course good for our economy if the sense of positivity is well grounded.  …

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Caught Red-Handed? Employers Must Take Stock Before Reacting.

  Employee theft is a challenging area for employers at any time – but perhaps exacerbated at this time of year.  A lot of people are currently in economic difficulty – not just those without jobs but also those in employment.  Christmas is also approaching – a time of year that brings with it its own additional financial pressures. Employee …

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Social Networking: A Minefield for Employers!

Social media networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Instagram have become major and influential social communication tools. According to a recent social media and employment survey carried out by William Fry Solicitors, 81% of Irish employees’ access social media sites while at work – with the average worker spending approximately 56 minutes per day on such sites.  These …

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Prevention is Always Better Than Cure: The Importance of Getting your Paperwork Right!

The idea that prevention is necessarily better than cure long ago made its way from adage into the heart of employee and industrial relations policy. However, the legal environment in which Irish employers now operate has changed significantly and has become increasingly more challenging and complex. With recession has come increased tension in the workplace, a rise in unfair and …

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Check your Employee Disciplinary Procedures

Recently the Employment Appeals Tribunal awarded €46,800 to a childcare worker who had alleged that she was unfairly dismissed from the crèche where she had been working.  Under the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2007 the Tribunal found that the dismissal was unfair. At first glance there is nothing of particular note in that decision.  But if we look a …

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Gross Misconduct requires Good Practice

Many companies are aware of the need to have a proper written grievance and disciplinary procedure in place.  For companies considering taking disciplinary action, the Labour Relations Commission’s Code Of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures provides guidance on the appropriate steps to take.  The steps include : An oral warning A written warning A final written warning Suspension without …