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TUPE: My employees really?

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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!

In Conflict in the Workplace, Grievance and Disciplinary, Investigations, Policies and Procedures, Uncategorized, Workplace Disputes, Workplace Investigations,

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

In Conflict in the Workplace, Employee Assistance, Employee Engagement, Employee Theft, Employment Contracts, Fraud, Fraud in the Workplace, Grievance and Disciplinary, Investigations, Policies and Procedures, Privacy, Protected Disclosures Act 2014, Stealing at Work, Surveillance, Uncategorized, Whistleblowing, Workplace Conflict, Workplace Disputes, Workplace Investigations, Workplace Theft,

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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Where is the ROI in having an Information and Consultation Forum?

In Employee Engagement, Information and Consultation, Information and Consultation Forums, Policies and Procedures, Uncategorized, Work Councils,

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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Ensuring operational effectiveness and compliance : Information and Consultation Part 3

In Employee Engagement, Employee Representatives, Information and Consultation, Information and Consultation Forums, Policies and Procedures, Uncategorized, Work Councils,

This post is the 3rd in a series on Information and Consultation Forums (ICFs). The first post outlined the 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 ideal would be …

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Building Commitment and Trust in the Workplace: Information and Consultation Part 2

In Communications Policy, Employee Engagement, Information and Consultation, Information and Consultation Forums, Policies and Procedures, Uncategorized, Work Councils,

Last month’s post described the reasons for proactively establishing an Information and Consultation Forum (ICF) in a business – as well as the benefits that can flow from having an ICF in the workplace. But to get to that point we now need to look at the mechanics of setting up an ICF and also what to look out for …

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Workplace Stress: Can Your Business Afford a Personal Injury Claim?

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

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?

In Bullying and Harassment, Christmas Parties, Cyber Bullying, Employment Contracts, Grievance and Disciplinary, Policies and Procedures, Privacy, Sexual harassment, Uncategorized, Workplace Events, Workplace Investigations,

In light of recent allegations involving the former artistic director of the Gate Theatre and a worldwide examination of inappropriate behaviour, sexual harassment and abuse of power by executives within the entertainment world, sexual harassment in the workplace is once again center stage for Irish employers. So what exactly is sexual harassment?   It is any form of unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical …

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Caught Red-Handed? Employers Must Take Stock Before Reacting.

In Employee Theft, Employment Contracts, Grievance and Disciplinary, Policies and Procedures, Stealing at Work, Surveillance, Uncategorized, Workplace Investigations, Workplace Theft,

  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 …

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Taking Bullying Complaints Seriously

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

  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 the …