Protections against religious discrimination in employment would be extended to school teachers under a proposed private member's bill. Chris Lyttle, Alliance MLA for Belfast East, has launched a consultation on a proposed bill to include teachers under the Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1
The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional validity of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in a significant ruling relating to the administration of justice in the State. It was held that the WRC process was not unconstitutional due to the lack of an appeal to the courts. Although the cour
A landmark Supreme Court ruling on the operation of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) could lead to cases being dealt with more quickly, a leading employment lawyer has said. The court yesterday rejected, by a 4-3 majority, a legal challenge arguing that the 2015 legislation underpinning the
The Labour Court has been asked to consider the establishment of a joint labour committee (JLC) in the childcare sector. JLCs under the Industrial Relations Acts provide a wage-setting mechanism that determines terms and conditions of employment, as well as setting minimum rates of pay for workers i
Employees in Ireland now have the "right to disconnect" under a new code of practice drawn up by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). Tánaiste and Employment Minister Leo Varadkar today announced the bringing into effect of the new code of practice as well as the beginning of a consultat
Employment and labour law expert Professor Michael Doherty has been appointed to chair a high-level government review of Ireland's collective bargaining and industrial relations landscape. The Maynooth University academic will be joined on a working group by representatives of the Irish Congress of
This year's increases in the limits for payments and awards to workers in employment rights cases in Northern Ireland have been confirmed. From 6 April, the limit on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £88,693 to £89,669, while the maximum amount of "a week's pay"
An employment lawyer has launched a bid to be elected as a Labour Senator in an upcoming by-election. Ciarán Ahern, a senior associate at A&L Goodbody, has been nominated to fill the vacancy on the industrial and commercial panel created by Senator Elisha McCallion's resignation last Octo
High Court: Court quashes Minister’s refusal to consider non-EU person’s employment permit due to his immigration status
The High Court has granted an order of certiorari against the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s refusal to consider an employment permit application for a non-EU national. The key question in the case was whether the applicant was entitled to be considered for an employment pe
An Post will pay €18,000 in compensation to an employee who was discriminated against on the basis of her age after withdrawing its appeal to the Labour Court. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) concluded in March 2020 that An Post had discriminated against the woman on the grounds of age
The UK government has ordered a review of the exemption of domestic workers from minimum wage legislation following an Employment Tribunal ruling. A tribunal ruled in December that the exemption is discriminatory against women, who are far more likely to be employed as live-in domestic workers than
A landmark Court of Appeal earlier ruling this week has made it harder for employees to seek an injunction against their dismissal, employment law firm GQ|Littler has said. The decision in Donal O’Donovan v Over-C Technology Limited and Over-C Limited is said to effectively restrict injunction
Employment solicitor Leanne McKeown of Rosemary Connolly Employment & Equality Solicitors highlights a recent ruling from Great Britain which Northern Ireland employers should note. The recent GB case of Allay (UK) Ltd v Mr S Gehlen (2021) demonstrates the continuing duty on employers to review
A growing backlog in Northern Ireland's employment tribunals is creating an access to justice crisis, lawyers have warned. Killymeal House, the home of the Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal, is currently "closed until further notice".
Judith Curtin, partner at O'Flynn Exhams Solicitors LLP, looks at the new Code of Practice on bullying. The Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work came into effect on 23 December 2020.