Via Clíona Kimber SC: Attendees of the Employment Bar Association Annual Conference 2019 are pictured above – (L-R): Feichin Mc Donagh SC, Clíona Kimber SC Chair EBA, Judge L Reynolds High Court Chairing Session 2, Cathy Smith BL and Peter Ward SC.
A man who was unfairly dismissed and awarded €24,000 has had his award of compensation increased to €35,000 in an appeal brought by his former employer. Finding serious procedural failings in the disciplinary process which led to the man’s dismissal, Chairman Kevin Foley also said he
Irish employers looking to enforce a mandatory retirement age cannot rely solely on an employee’s contract of employment even if it does stipulate a mandatory retirement age, businesses have been warned at a William Fry breakfast briefing. Over 100 clients attended the briefing on the topic "M
Anne McKernan, head of legal services at the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, considers whether a discrimination case before the courts can really lead to change. The answer is yes – it can do. And almost everyone who successfully resolves their case with our help, whether it’s
Joanne Hyde, employment partner at Eversheds Sutherland, examines a recent Irish court ruling on Sunday work. A recent decision of the High Court in the case of Trinity Leisure Holdings Limited Trading as Trinity City Hotel v Sofia Kolesnik and Natalia Alfimova  IEHC 654 has brought much neede
Employees have no automatic right to legal representation at internal workplace disciplinary proceedings, the Supreme Court has ruled. Speaking to Irish Legal News, Barry Walsh, partner and head of employment and benefits at Fieldfisher, said the "strong" decision in McKelvey v Irish Rail "will
Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates responds to reports about a job advertisement published by a UK celebrity chef. When it comes to dysfunctional industries, sometimes what comes out of the restaurant industry is so amazing that you would not believe it actual
The general scheme of a bill to "modernise" the employment permits system to make the system "more agile and easier to modify" has been published. The Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019 will take forward recommendations of a review of economic migration policy commissioned by
Barry Walsh, partner and head of employment at Fieldfisher, considers employees' right to accompaniment or representation in internal company processes. A recent piece in the Law Society Gazette reported on how an employee involved a redundancy consultation process in New Zealand brought a clown (th
A community-based law centre has said increasing demand for its free legal services in the area of employment law has highlighted the limitations of the civil legal aid scheme. Community Law & Mediation (CLM) assisted more than 3,000 people through its free community-based legal, mediation and e
A former mushroom farm worker who worked more than 80 hours per week has been awarded €21,400 by the Labour Court. Ana Lacramoiara Manciu, 30, brought the case with support from the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and A&L Goodbody.
A law lecturer has launched a survey seeking the views of legal practitioners and user representatives in employment law and industrial relations on workplace dispute resolution services in Ireland. Dr Brian Barry, lecturer at TU Dublin, previously conducted surveys on the subject in 2011 and 2016.
Mason Hayes & Curran has announced the appointment of Paul Rochford as a partner in the firm's employment law and benefits team. Mr Rochford, previously a senior associate with the firm, practises in the area of employment and education law in the private and public sectors.
A line manager at a bank has been awarded €7,500 in compensation for the organisation’s failure to properly address a formal grievance she raised about being undermined in her ability to manage a new employee. Stating that the 15-month delay in dealing with the formal grievance had exacer
A consultant psychiatrist has been awarded €4,000 after it was found that he was penalised for making a protected disclosure about the clinical performance of a colleague. Ordering the employer to pay compensation for penalising the complainant, Adjudication Officer Kevin Baneham found tha