Employment law

Human rights commission intervenes in reasonable accommodations in the workplace case

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has appeared before the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae function in a significant case on the rights of persons with disabilities to have reasonable accommodations made in the workplace.

Published 15 March 2019

Scotland: Judge upholds ruling that man's independence beliefs are similar to religion

An Employment Tribunal judge has upheld a ruling that an SNP councillor's beliefs about Scottish independence are similar to a religion.

Published 11 March 2019

Spouses of highly-skilled workers from outside EEA to be given automatic labour market access

The spouses and partners of highly-skilled workers coming to Ireland from outside the EEA will now have immediate and full access to the Irish labour market without the need for an employment permit.

Published 6 March 2019

Union launches court bid to extend collective bargaining rights for outsourced workers

The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has launched a landmark legal challenge before the High Court in London in a bid to extend collective bargaining rights for outsourced workers.

Published 27 February 2019

Richard Grogan: Do you bring a Payment of Wages Act claim or a breach of contract claim?

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on an anomaly as to whether wages claims should be brought in the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court or in the main Irish courts.

Published 25 February 2019

High Court: Woman injured by closing lift doors loses claim against her employer

A woman who was hit on the head by closing lift doors at her work premises, has lost her claim for damages as it was concluded that the incident was caused by her own negligence.

Published 20 February 2019

Labour Court: Nurses' strike called off after recommendation of enhanced salary scale

The nurses strike has been suspended following intervention by the Labour Court, which investigated the dispute in the exercise of its statutory powers under the Industrial Relations Act 1990.

Published 12 February 2019

Employment lawyers to offer pro bono assistance to horse-racing industry workers

A specialist employment law firm has offered pro bono legal assistance to workers in the horse-racing industry who it says have suffered from a new change in the law.

Published 6 February 2019

John Kelly: What should employers do about criminal offences outside work?

John Kelly, solicitor at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, explores the response of employers to criminal offences committed outside of work.

Published 5 February 2019

Dublin lawyer Richard Grogan calls for Irish review of use of NDAs

Dublin employment lawyer Richard Grogan has called for a review in Ireland of the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in sexual harassment cases, The Times reports.

Published 4 February 2019

Law firm ordered to compensate woman sacked because of her age

A law firm has been ordered to pay nearly €26,000 to a woman who was dismissed because of her age, The Irish Times reports.

Published 4 February 2019

Workplace Relations Commission: Bus company directed to reinstate driver who was unfairly dismissed

A bus company has been directed to reinstate a part-time school bus driver whose contract of employment was terminated in August 2017.

Published 11 January 2019

Workplace Relations Commission: Man who was bullied at work awarded €26,000

A man who was subjected to bullying by a senior member of staff has been awarded €26,000 in compensation in the Workplace Relations Commission.

Published 9 January 2019

Sexist school uniform rules could be challenged in Workplace Relations Commission

Employment lawyer Cathy Maguire has suggested that schoolgirls could challenge sexist uniform rules through the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), the Irish Independent reports.

Published 7 January 2019