A government review has failed to establish how often non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are used in settlements following sexual harassment allegations brought within Irish workplaces. The #MeToo movement which exploded in 2017 shone a spotlight on the use of NDAs in sexual harassment allegations, as
Most Irish businesses have started bringing employees back on site with plans to offer "partial" flexibility on remote working, according to a survey by Mason Hayes & Curran LLP. The business law firm surveyed over 150 HR professionals from both the public and private sectors at a recent webinar
Solicitor Judith Fitzgerald has been appointed to the board of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). Following six other appointments earlier this month, the WRC board now has a full complement of eight ordinary members.
A public consultation has been launched on proposals to replace zero-hour contracts in Northern Ireland with banded weekly hour contracts in cases where a worker’s hours, as set out in their contract, do not reflect the actual hours worked each week. Stormont's economy committee has begun its
Six people have been appointed to the board of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), allowing it to resume functioning. Virginija Petrauskaite, a solicitor with the Irish Refugee Council, has joined the board alongside George Maybury, Stephen Driver, Sinead Gogan, Barry O'Brien and Brendan McGin
Proposals to end religious discrimination in school recruitment in Northern Ireland have been put out to consultation by a Stormont committee. The Northern Ireland Assembly committee for the Executive Office has begun its examination of the Fair Employment (School Teachers) Bill, which would amend f
Students with an interest in employment law have the chance to win up to €750 in a new competition launched by the Employment Law Association of Ireland (ELAI). The competition, which is also open to law students in Northern Ireland, invites either an essay of up to 2,000 words or a video of up
Alan Eustace examines the government's proposed new remote working legislation and whether it lives up to the hype. This week, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, headed by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, published the draft Right to Request Remote Working Bill 2022. This legislation w
Employees will be given the statutory right to request remote working under new government legislation. Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste and minister for enterprise, trade and employment, yesterday published the general scheme of his Right to Request Remote Work Bill, which forms part of the government
Employees who lost out on redundancy pay due to their period on lay-off during Covid-19 restrictions will receive a special tax-free payment under new legislation. The Redundancy Payments (Amendment) Bill provides for a special payment of up to a maximum payment of €1,860 tax-free to bridge the
Anne Lyne, partner at Hayes solicitors LLP, considers the dilemma for employers whose staff are working two jobs from home at the same time. We have been hearing about the pandemic trend known as the “Great Resignation”, where workers are looking to leave work, change their lives or refl
Seven vacancies on the board of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) will be filled by next week at the latest, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said. The board has been unable to meet since September 2021 due to the unfilled vacancies because it is unable to reach the quorum to make decisions.
Ministers have announced plans for a one-off public holiday in March 2022 and a new annual public holiday in February from next year. Friday 18 March 2022 will become a public holiday "in recognition of the efforts of the general public, volunteers and all workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, and i
Northern Ireland's labour market is showing "signs of continued improvement" with fears of mass unemployment seemingly averted, an employment law expert at DWF has said. The latest monthly labour market report was published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) yesterday.
Employment law specialist firm Lewis Silkin has announced the appointment of two new associates in its Dublin and Belfast offices. Laura Ensor, formerly of Matheson, has been appointed a senior associate in Dublin and Jack Balmer, formerly of Tughans, has joined as an associate in Belfast.