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TUPE: My employees really?

All EU member states are required to implement an EU Business Transfers Directive. The directive was issued in 2001. Its purpose? To protect employees when there is a transfer from the organisation in which they’ve been employed – the “transferor” – to a new organisation – the “transferee”. What is the nature of the protection? The employees are entitled 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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Where is the ROI in having an Information and Consultation Forum?

This post is the 4th in a 4-part series on Information and Consultation Forums (ICFs).  The first post outlined some reasons for proactively establishing an ICF and also described the benefits that can flow from having an ICF in the workplace.  The second post discussed how to set up a robust ICF that is fit for purpose.  The third post …

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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 …

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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 …