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Irish Employers Beware: Think Twice Before Withdrawing a Job Offer!

There’s a new opening in your organisation.  It enthuses Joan – one of your valued employees – and it looks like she’s going to take the position.  But Joan is already in a valued role.  To backfill Joan’s current position you launch a recruitment effort and make an offer to an excellent candidate – Joe.  But then Joan decides to …

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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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Managing Attendance While Controlling Absenteeism: A Guide for Irish Employers

What is absenteeism?  At its simplest, it’s when an employee is not physically present – though there is also the “presenteeism” of employees being physically present but not adequately focussed on their work.  This could result from a lack or limit on paid sick time, or indeed worry at how their absence would be perceived.  According to Professor Ciarán O’Boyle, …

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Lessons for Irish Employers on Constructive Dismissal

It is typically not easy for an employer to lose a constructive dismissal – for a claim of constructive dismissal to succeed.  Why?  It’s because the burden of proof is on the employee to show that they were constructively dismissed. This is in contrast to an unfair dismissals case where the burden of proof is on the employer to prove …

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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 Cost of Workplace Stress: A Guide for Irish Employers

Stress.  It seems pervasive.  It has gotten to the point now where we are taken aback when we encounter someone who doesn’t seem to have any.  But what is it?  And, in particular, what is it in the workplace? The UK’s Health and Safety Executive defines work-related stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types …

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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 …