Employment law

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

In-house lawyers and HR professionals 'optimistic' about re-opening of workplaces

In-house lawyers and HR professionals are optimistic about the re-opening of workplaces by September 2020, according to a new survey conducted by Mason Hayes & Curran (MHC).

Published 11 May 2020

Spike in complaints puts Workplace Relations Commission under strain

A significant "spike" in complaints to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) put the body under strain in 2019, according to its annual report.

Published 28 April 2020

Germany considers law promoting working from home

The right to work from home could be enshrined in employment law in Germany later this year, according to reports.

Published 27 April 2020

High Court: Constitutional challenge to the WRC’s procedures dismissed

The High Court has dismissed an action challenging the constitutionality of the procedures of the Workplace Relations Commission.

Published 23 April 2020

Workplace Relations Commission launches consultation on remote hearings

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has launched a consultation on remote hearings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 20 April 2020

Richard Grogan: A problem in the making for employment lawyers

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates flags up a legislative flaw that could have a major impact after the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 17 April 2020