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Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan considers Fixed Term Work Act contracts and their interaction with the Unfair Dismissal Acts 1977-2015 and the Maternity Protection Act 1994. There are very strict time limits in the Workplace Relations Act 2015. Under section 44(3), an appeal to the Labour Co

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Ronan Hynes, partner at Sellors LLP, calls for urgency on patient safety reform in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The brave and heart-rendering story of Linsey Bennett on the steps of the Four Courts last week brought back into sharp focus the utter human devastation of the CervicalCheck controvers

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William Fry partners Louise Harrison and Nuala Clayton examine a case in which the rejection of an employee's request to work from home constituted constructive dismissal. In a recent decision, the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) found that an employee was constructively dismissed when her empl

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Deirdre Malone, partner at Ronan Daly Jermyn, considers the key learnings for employers in a widely-publicised case involving racial discrimination at Starbucks. Suchavadee Foley ordered a tea from Starbucks last January. Not a tricky transaction, however, the interaction resulted in a €12,000

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Benjamin Bestgen this week explains that the extinction of rights upon death is more complicated a matter than it first seems. See his last jurisprudential primer here. Fans of old-school computer games might still remember Grim Fandango, where the player guides afterlife travel agent Manny Cal

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Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan considers Fixed Term Work Act contracts and their interaction with the Unfair Dismissal Acts 1977-2015 and the Maternity Protection Act 1994. The Labour Court, in a recent case of Akina Dada Wa Africa and Claudia Horeau UDD/18/237, determination number UDD216,

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Patrick Mullarkey, partner and joint head of healthcare at O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors, warns of a tsunami of medical negligence cases that could become one the many fallouts of the Covid-19 pandemic. There have been many vivid and disturbing images throughout the Covid-19 pandemic that have r

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Benjamin Bestgen examines the impact of "respectability" in criminal trials. See last week's jurisprudential primer here. Tropes like the “Gentleman Thief” pick up on the allure of the white-collar criminal: a person who appears respectable, educated, even charming. A worldly, cleve

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Seán O'Donnell, partner at ByrneWallace, examines the 14 principles underpinning Ireland's regulator's approach to data processing. On 18 December 2020 the Data Protection Commission published its draft Fundamentals for a Child-Oriented Approach to Data Processing. Building on existing guidan

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Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates looks at the increasingly prominent issue of dismissing an employee who is sick or ill. At present in Ireland there is no statutory sick leave scheme. This is likely to come in. The issue that has yet to be addressed is wheth

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Dr David Kenny, assistant professor of law at Trinity College Dublin, argues the government's legal advice on the rights of adopted children is flawed and a referendum on the matter is not needed. As the country comes to grips with the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission and reckons yet a

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Benjamin Bestgen considers the fairness of the high standards to which we hold lawyers. Read last week's jurisprudential primer here. The legal profession is a deeply human one and humans are complex creatures. As a species we are capable of extraordinary feats of courage, intellect, wisdom, kindnes

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