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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 Enemy Within: How Should a Company Handle a Case of Suspected Fraud?

In Workplace Investigations,

Research undertaken by Mazars Ireland in 2019 shows that Irish businesses are experiencing financial loss due to occupational fraud and abuse. Of the senior business leaders surveyed by Mazars Ireland, approximately 50% had experienced a loss due to occupational fraud and abuse over the past two years, with the average financial loss being between €10,000 and €20,000. Ideally employee fraud, …

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When Love Breaks Down In The Workplace: A Guide for Irish Employers

In Bullying and Harassment, Conflict in the Workplace, Employee Grievances, Investigations, Stress at Work, Workplace Conflict, Workplace Investigations,

Relationships – we all have them. We all have familial relationships – and most of us also have romantic/sexual relationships. And, for better or for worse, these relationships occur in the workplace. It could be a small business run by a husband and wife team. Or a business where offspring are employed by parents. Or where romance blossoms between 2 colleagues. Or a relationship develops between a subordinate and a superior – whether that superior is married or not. The possibilities are endless – just like in life outside the workplace

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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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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 …