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Resolve Workplace Conflict Now: Steer Clear of the WRC!

Employment related disputes can arise in all organisations between employees or between management and employees.  And this can happen whether the environment is unionised or non-unionised.  Dealing with these disputes is challenging on a number of fronts. Firstly, resolution of such problems requires conflict management skills which management might not have. Secondly, even managers with the right skills can have …

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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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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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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 …