Employment law



Challenge brought against proposed new employment regulation order for security workers

Three security companies have brought a High Court challenge aimed at setting aside a ministerial order that would see many working in the industry receive increased pay.

Published 20 July 2021

Trainee solicitor awarded over €24k in back pay

A trainee solicitor who claimed that he was paid less than minimum wage during his traineeship has been awarded €24,155 in back pay.

Published 19 July 2021

Latest report shows continued improvement for Northern Ireland's labour market

New employment figures show a "positive momentum" for employment levels in Northern Ireland, an employment law expert has said.

Published 16 July 2021

Call for 'automatic anonymisation' of WRC decisions to protect businesses and workers

Published decisions from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) should be anonymised to protect both businesses and workers, a leading employment lawyer has said.

Published 9 July 2021

Court of Appeal: Department of Justice in breach of Equal Pay Act for sex discrimination

The Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland has dismissed an appeal from the Department of Justice against a finding that it had discriminated against a female employee on the grounds of sex.

Published 6 July 2021

Labour Court to examine pay and conditions in construction sector

The Labour Court is set to examine pay and conditions in the construction sector, potentially paving the way for a new sectoral employment order (SEO).

Published 5 July 2021

Legislation on bogus self-employment 'could create more problems than it solves'

New legislation to clamp down on bogus self-employment "could actually create more problems than it solves", Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys has claimed.

Published 2 July 2021

Deliveroo succeeds in Court of Appeal as riders held to be self-employed

Deliveroo has succeeded in its employment case in the Court of Appeal in London.

Published 25 June 2021

Supreme Court: Labour Court recommendation for Sectoral Employment Order quashed for failure to give reasons

The Supreme Court has quashed a recommendation by the Labour Court for a Sectoral Employment Order setting minimum conditions for electrical workers’ pay because it failed to provide adequate reasoning for the decision. The SEO was recommended under the procedure set out in Chapter 3 of Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act, 2015.

Published 21 June 2021

Ireland backs reform of International Labour Organisation's governing body

Ireland has backed long-standing proposals to widen international participation in the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Published 21 June 2021

High Court: Labour Court erred in dismissing HSE employee’s claim under fixed-term contracts legislation

The High Court has held that the Labour Court was incorrect in law when it refused a claim by a HSE employee under the Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003 on the basis that he was not a fixed-term employee.

Published 17 June 2021

Employment law review group to be established

An independent employment law review group, modelled on the Company Law Review Group (CLRG), is set to be established to shape the formulation of employment policy and legislation.

Published 16 June 2021

Seanad backs bill to ban NDAs in workplace sexual harassment cases

A private member's bill to ban the use of non-disclosure agreements to cover up sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace has won unanimous support in the Seanad.

Published 15 June 2021

Stormont hears cross-party calls for miscarriage to be included in parental bereavement bill

Economy Minister Paul Frew was last night facing cross-party calls for parental bereavement leave and pay legislation to be extended to couples following a miscarriage.

Published 15 June 2021

Facebook decision on remote working from abroad has 'opened the floodgates'

Major Irish employers could follow Facebook's lead in allowing their staff to work remotely from abroad, an employment law expert has warned.

Published 11 June 2021