Employment law



Spain: Proposed legislation to protect employees working from home

Spaniards who work from home will be given the right to suggest their working hours and to claim teleworking expenses from their employer, under a new bill.

Published 1 July 2020

Alison Martin: Is your mandatory retirement age objectively justifiable?

DWF associate Alison Martin and trainee solicitor Thomas Bulfin examine a recent case involving an employer with a mandatory retirement age.

Published 30 June 2020

Judges and lawyers rally in defence of High Court judge

Ireland's judiciary and legal professions have rallied in defence of a High Court judge who was singled out for criticism by a TD after striking down a law setting minimum pay and conditions for workers in certain sectors.

Published 26 June 2020

Cleaner dismissed on grounds of age and ill health wins case with support from FLAC

A 64-year-old cleaner has won an age and disability discrimination case in the Workplace Relations Commission with support from legal rights group FLAC.

Published 26 June 2020

Breda O'Malley and Mary Kelleher: High Court strikes down wage setting in sectoral employment orders

Breda O'Malley and Mary Kelleher of Hayes solicitors discuss the implications of a recent High Court ruling on the setting of certain minimum pay and conditions for workers in a number economic sectors.

Published 25 June 2020

Jason O'Sullivan: Post-lockdown employment law tips for employers

Jason O'Sullivan, solicitor and public affairs consultant at J.O.S Solicitors, sets out some tips for employers as public health restrictions begin to ease.

Published 25 June 2020

Employment lawyers welcome consultation on parental bereavement leave and pay

Employment lawyers have welcomed the launch of a consultation on parental bereavement leave and pay in Northern Ireland.

Published 19 June 2020

Labour Court to rely on 'combination of physical and virtual courtrooms'

The Labour Court has said it will continue to rely on a "combination of physical courtrooms and virtual courtrooms" in the medium term.

Published 17 June 2020

Richard Grogan: What is a disability for the purposes of the Employment Act 1998 as amended?

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates examines a recent case concerning disability discrimination at work.

Published 17 June 2020

High Court: Disability employment claim remitted to the Labour Court

The High Court has allowed the appeal of Robert Cunningham, a prison officer employed by the Irish Prison Service (IPS).

Published 16 June 2020

Government officials eye return of employment tribunal fees

UK government officials have asked the Law Commission to help them design a lawful system for charging employment tribunal fees, according to reports.

Published 16 June 2020

Asylum seekers continue to face barriers to employment three years after Supreme Court ruling

Asylum seekers continue to face major barriers to entering employment more than three years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling on the right to work, the Irish Refugee Council has said.

Published 2 June 2020

Mark O'Connell: Workplace safety laws still cover those working from home

Barrister Mark O'Connell reminds employers of their health and safety responsibilities to employees working from home.

Published 1 June 2020

Increase in legal queries from employees asked to return to workplaces

Lawyers have experienced an increase in queries from employees who have been asked to return to work despite no change in public health guidance in Northern Ireland.

Published 18 May 2020

Proposed legal right to work from home 'difficult to enforce'

A proposed new legal right for employees to work from home would be difficult to meaningfully enforce, a Belfast solicitor has said.

Published 14 May 2020