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Portlaoise Business Seminar

Adjusting for the future evolving through business challenges for success Insight HR is pleased to announce details of our next seminar aimed to equip business owners and managers with the knowledge they need to deal effectively with current challenges. At our next event, on Thursday the 28th of March 2013, Pat Keegan of Bardon Molumby Accountants will partner with us …

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Rights, Camera, Action!

  Closed-circuit television, or CCTV, is the use of video cameras to transmit video signals to a specific place, for example, an employer’s monitoring station.  It differs from normal television in that the video signal is not openly transmitted.  It is used extensively in environments such as banks and casinos as a means of monitoring the activities of customers, employees …

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How to Choose your HR Consultant

Choosing the best HR consultant is an important decision that can change the direction of your business. HR functions are critical components of any business, regardless of size. Here are my tips for establishing the credentials, credibility and expertise of any HR consultant: 1.  Is the consultant qualified?  Most HR practitioners are active members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel …

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Representation for Employees at a Disciplinary Hearing

Workers in Ireland have the right to representation at disciplinary hearings.  The Labour Relations Commission has produced a Code Of Practice or COP on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures that enshrines this right in law. The COP states that its principles and procedures “should apply unless alternative agreed procedures exist in the workplace which conform to its general provisions for dealing …

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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 …

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By the Book or Pay the Price

The cost of failing to follow procedure in employee grievance and disciplinary issues The Labour Relations Commission’s Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures recommends that employers have a procedure for dealing with grievances and disciplinary issues – and indeed provides significant guidance to employers on the appropriate components of such procedures. Though not legally binding, the provisions of …