Employment law



Workplace Relations Commission: Female prison officer awarded €20,000 for gender discrimination

A female prison officer with 25 years' service with the Irish Prison Service has been awarded €20,000 in the Workplace Relations Commission after it was found that she had been discriminated against on the grounds of gender.

Published 14 August 2019

Workplace Relations Commission: Man whose employment was terminated after dispute over paternity pay awarded €8,000

A man whose employment was terminated after a dispute arose over paternity leave has been awarded nearly €8,000 in the Workplace Relations Commission.

Published 13 August 2019

Workplace Relations Commission: Woman sexually harassed at work awarded €40,000

A woman who was sexually harassed at work for over six months after she returned from maternity leave has been awarded €40,000 in the Workplace Relations Commission.

Published 12 August 2019

Jill Gracey: Holiday pay ruling a headache for employers across Northern Ireland

Jill Gracey, senior associate at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, considers the issue of holiday pay from the perspective of employers.

Published 8 August 2019

Supreme Court: Labour Court must reconsider disability discrimination case

The Supreme Court has held that the Employment Equality Acts requires the distribution of essential duties must be considered as part of a “reasonable accommodation” to accommodate employees with a disability, and that the Court of Appeal erred in making a distinction between “tasks” and “duties” when interpreting the legislation.

Published 1 August 2019

Court of Appeal: BT loses appeal against finding that it was liable for disability discrimination

BT has lost an appeal against the finding that it was liable for disability discrimination for failing to make reasonable adjustments in its recruitment process for a man with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Published 31 July 2019

Richard Grogan: Dismissed pregnant workers should bring equality claims instead of unfair dismissal claims

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates considers recent cases illustrating the different means of recourse for pregnancy-related dismissal.

Published 31 July 2019

Audrey Whyte: Luas driver re-engaged as dismissal held to be a disproportionate sanction

Audrey Whyte, associate in the employment, immigration and reward team at Lewis Silkin in Dublin, writes on a recent Labour Court decision.

Published 29 July 2019

Richard Grogan: Rights of an employee to return to work after maternity leave

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on a case concerning maternity leave.

Published 26 July 2019

Law providing for additional unpaid parental leave brought into force

Legislation providing for the phased introduction of eight additional weeks of unpaid parental leave has been brought into force.

Published 25 July 2019

Labour Court determines that embassy workers can bring employment claims

Embassies cannot rely on diplomatic immunity to prevent workers from bringing claims under Irish employment law, the Labour Court has said.

Published 25 July 2019

New legislation to crack down on misuse of non-disclosure agreements

New legislation aims to tackle the misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), also known as confidentiality clauses, in the workplace – including those being used to cover up sexual harassment, racial discrimination and assault.

Published 22 July 2019

Richard Grogan: Short-term illnesses do not amount to a disability under discrimination law

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates clarifies some key points on the law of disability discrimination.

Published 18 July 2019

High Court: School loses appeal against finding that teacher was unfairly dismissed

A school has lost its appeal against the finding that a teacher who signed a “fixed term” contract two years after she began teaching in the school was unfairly dismissed when her contract was terminated.

Published 9 July 2019

Employers to be banned from counting tips towards wages

Employers will be banned from counting workers' tips as part of their contractual wages under new Government plans.

Published 8 July 2019