Category Archives: Employment law

The Third age

When our laws first began to address the question of age discrimination in employment, many years ago, I confess that my view was that perhaps the State was becoming a little over-indulgent. Now with the passing of time, and with … Continue reading

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Social networking and the law

Social networking through Facebook, My Space, LinkedIn, Twitter and blogs, is for very many people an integral part of communication. Where it is brought into the workplace it can present some serious difficulties for employers. Many will have heard of … Continue reading

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The age of wisdom; age discrimination

When our laws first began to address the question of age discrimination in employment, many years ago, I  confess that my view was that perhaps the state was becoming a little over-indulgent. Now with the passing of time I am … Continue reading

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The rights of a Whistleblower

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to stay silent” is a statement which has been attributed to Edmund Burke, the Irish political theorist and philosopher. For many reasons, some perhaps historical and cultural, there … Continue reading

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Sexual equality and it’s benefits for business

A friend once recounted to me how during the course of an job interview with a prestigious City law firm, she mentioned that she was married. No remark was made on this, and the interview continued seamlessly, except for the … Continue reading

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Employee Rights

Over the past few  years many businesses have struggled to retain their staff and it is not unusual for employees to be asked to take either a pay cut or to work fewer hours. In most instances the reality of … Continue reading

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Employment law-Holidays

The Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 provides minimum legally enforceable holiday and public holiday entitlements for employees. All employees, either full-time, part-time, temporary or casual, have annual paid leave entitlements, and the pay must be calculated at the normal … Continue reading

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Employment law- Hours of work

The maximum an employee should work in an average working week is 48 hours. The main legislation in this area are the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 and Regulations made under the Safety, Health & Welfare At Work Act, … Continue reading

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Employment law- The minimum wage

Minimum wage. The National Minimum Wage Act, 2000 brought into effect from the 1st April 2000 a National Minimum Hourly Wage of £4.40. Since July 2007 the rate has increased to €8.65. Under The National Recovery Plan 2011 – 2014 … Continue reading

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Employment law-Unfair dismissals

Unfair Dismissals. The Unfair Dismissals Acts, 1977 to 2001 provide protection for employees from being unfairly dismissed from their jobs by setting out guidelines by which dismissals can be judged to be unfair and by providing a legal remedy for … Continue reading

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