Employment law



Supreme Court: Challenge to constitutionality of WRC rejected in landmark judgment

The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional validity of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in a significant ruling relating to the administration of justice in the State.

Published 12 April 2021

Supreme Court ruling will 'completely change' Workplace Relations Commission

A landmark Supreme Court ruling on the operation of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) could lead to cases being dealt with more quickly, a leading employment lawyer has said.

Published 7 April 2021

Labour Court asked to consider joint labour committee for childcare sector

The Labour Court has been asked to consider the establishment of a joint labour committee (JLC) in the childcare sector.

Published 6 April 2021

Employees now have 'right to disconnect' under new code of practice

Employees in Ireland now have the "right to disconnect" under a new code of practice drawn up by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

Published 1 April 2021

Professor Michael Doherty to chair industrial relations review

Employment and labour law expert Professor Michael Doherty has been appointed to chair a high-level government review of Ireland's collective bargaining and industrial relations landscape.

Published 31 March 2021

Increased limits for unfair dismissal and redundancy payments confirmed

This year's increases in the limits for payments and awards to workers in employment rights cases in Northern Ireland have been confirmed.

Published 29 March 2021

Employment lawyer launches bid to be elected as Senator

An employment lawyer has launched a bid to be elected as a Labour Senator in an upcoming by-election.

Published 29 March 2021

High Court: Court quashes Minister’s refusal to consider non-EU person’s employment permit due to his immigration status

The High Court has granted an order of certiorari against the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s refusal to consider an employment permit application for a non-EU national. The key question in the case was whether the applicant was entitled to be considered for an employment permit when he already had a work permit due to his former wife’s status as an EU national.

Published 11 March 2021

An Post pays €18k compensation to woman in age discrimination case

An Post will pay €18,000 in compensation to an employee who was discriminated against on the basis of her age after withdrawing its appeal to the Labour Court.

Published 10 March 2021

Exemption of domestic workers from minimum wage legislation to be reviewed

The UK government has ordered a review of the exemption of domestic workers from minimum wage legislation following an Employment Tribunal ruling.

Published 8 March 2021

Landmark ruling will make it harder for employees to seek injunction against dismissal

A landmark Court of Appeal earlier ruling this week has made it harder for employees to seek an injunction against their dismissal, employment law firm GQ|Littler has said.

Published 19 February 2021

Leanne McKeown: Employers have continuing duty to review equality and diversity training

Employment solicitor Leanne McKeown of Rosemary Connolly Employment & Equality Solicitors highlights a recent ruling from Great Britain which Northern Ireland employers should note.

Published 16 February 2021

Employment tribunal backlog creating access to justice crisis

A growing backlog in Northern Ireland's employment tribunals is creating an access to justice crisis, lawyers have warned.

Published 11 February 2021

Judith Curtin: Bullying in the workplace

Judith Curtin, partner at O'Flynn Exhams Solicitors LLP, looks at the new Code of Practice on bullying.

Published 10 February 2021

Richard Grogan: Appeals to the Labour Court

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan considers Fixed Term Work Act contracts and their interaction with the Unfair Dismissal Acts 1977-2015 and the Maternity Protection Act 1994.

Published 9 February 2021