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Taking Bullying Complaints Seriously

In Bullying and Harassment, Cyber Bullying, Policies and Procedures, Uncategorized, Workplace Investigations,

Bullying Lowered productivity.  Industrial relations problems.  Litigation. These are among the potential impacts for a company if it fails to deal adequately with an allegation of bullying.  So this is no trivial matter and companies need to be adequately prepared in order to be able to take such complaints seriously. Obviously prevention is better than cure and companies can reduce …

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

In Employment Contracts, Grievance and Disciplinary, hiring, Policies and Procedures, Workplace Investigations,

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. Too …

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The Gender Pay Gap Information Bill

In Employment Law Compliance,

In the UK, mandatory gender pay gap reporting indicated that on average 77% of employers pay men more than they pay women.  Legislation requiring gender pay gap reporting was introduced there in 2017 and organisations with greater than 250 employees were required to submit their first report in April 2018.  The General Scheme of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill was published …

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Managing Attendance While Controlling Absenteeism: A Guide for Irish Employers

In Employment Law Compliance,

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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Walking a Tightrope: Fair Selection for Redundancy

In Downsizing, Policies and Procedures, Redunancy, Rightsizing, Selection Matrices,

Britain’s vote to leave Europe with no-deal has the potential to rock the Irish economy, with those working in agri-food, agriculture, traditional manufacturing and road-transport likely to be the hardest hit.  Economic experts believe a no-deal Brexit will have a significant impact on employment and employment opportunities in sectors with exposure to the British market, particularly where businesses are vulnerable to …

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Dealing with Pokémon GO at Work – A Guide for Irish Employers

In Employment Law Compliance, Policies and Procedures, Social Media,

Virtual reality games like Pokémon GO are increasingly raising concerns for employers about productivity and safety.  The groundbreaking smartphone app, Pokémon GO, has undoubtedly become a craze across Ireland and beyond. The app allows players to explore the real world with their smartphones in the hunt for virtual Pokémon characters. A recent Forbes poll shows that 69% of Pokémon GO …

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Take the fear out of a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) inspection!

In Employment Law Compliance, Take the fear out of a NERA inspection,

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aims to secure compliance with employment rights legislation through inspection and prosecution services.  These services were formerly operated by the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA). Under the Workplace Relations Act 2015, which came into effect on 1st October 2015, the WRC monitors employment conditions through its Inspection Services to ensure the compliance and enforcement of employment …