An Employment Tribunal judge has upheld a ruling that an SNP councillor's beliefs about Scottish independence are similar to a religion. Chris McEleny, SNP group leader on Inverclyde Council, brought a discrimination case against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) last year, claiming it unfairly tar
The spouses and partners of highly-skilled workers coming to Ireland from outside the EEA will now have immediate and full access to the Irish labour market without the need for an employment permit. The new "streamlined" process was jointly announced today by Business Minister Heather Humphreys and
The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has launched a landmark legal challenge before the High Court in London in a bid to extend collective bargaining rights for outsourced workers. The union is alleging that outsourced workers at the University of London are being denied their righ
Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on an anomaly as to whether wages claims should be brought in the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court or in the main Irish courts. The issue of where wages claims should be brought came to a head in a case
A woman who was hit on the head by closing lift doors at her work premises, has lost her claim for damages as it was concluded that the incident was caused by her own negligence. Accepting that the placement of sensors on the lift was consistent with the industry norm, and that voiceover warnings we
The nurses strike has been suspended following intervention by the Labour Court, which investigated the dispute in the exercise of its statutory powers under the Industrial Relations Act 1990. Making a number of recommendations and setting out the details of an Enhanced Nursing Practice salary scale
A specialist employment law firm has offered pro bono legal assistance to workers in the horse-racing industry who it says have suffered from a new change in the law. Richard Grogan, principal solicitor at Richard Grogan & Associates, told Irish Legal News that S.I. 576 of 2018, signed last Dece
John Kelly, solicitor at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, explores the response of employers to criminal offences committed outside of work. Following the sentencing of Irish League footballer Jay Donnelly last month for the distribution of an indecent image of a child, there has been much debate
Dublin employment lawyer Richard Grogan has called for a review in Ireland of the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in sexual harassment cases, The Times reports. Last year, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a UK review of the "unethical" use of NDAs by employers in settlements with women a
A law firm has been ordered to pay nearly €26,000 to a woman who was dismissed because of her age, The Irish Times reports. The woman, then 67 and now 68, brought a case before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) after she was dismissed by the unnamed solicitor's firm in January 2018.
A bus company has been directed to reinstate a part-time school bus driver whose contract of employment was terminated in August 2017. The company accused the driver of stealing parts, however the driver maintained that he had permission to take the parts and did so openly.
A man who was subjected to bullying by a senior member of staff has been awarded €26,000 in compensation in the Workplace Relations Commission. Describing the events, some of which had been filmed and posted on Facebook, as "an extraordinary culture of behaviour in the workplace", Adjudication
Employment lawyer Cathy Maguire has suggested that schoolgirls could challenge sexist uniform rules through the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), the Irish Independent reports. Ms Maguire, a barrister who specialises in labour and employment law, said girls who didn't want to wear skirts could b