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What types of leave can an employee take if they have to look after someone?

This has been the year of 'the unexpected' and employees are having to explore various leave entitlements that many employers may not have come across before or had very little experience of. Ideally your contract of employment or staff handbook should set out the various leave entitlements and manner in which they should be applied [...]

By |2020-10-06T10:19:50+00:00October 19th, 2020|Covid-19, Employment Law, Employment Law, HR, Human Resources|Comments Off on What types of leave can an employee take if they have to look after someone?

COVID-19 Self-Isolation or Illness – what do I do?

We have had a lot of calls from employers trying to deal with employees who have been told to self-isolate and/or have been diagnosed with COVID-19. If an employee has been told to self-isolate due to being in close contact with a diagnosed COVID-19 they will have been sent a letter or HSE text message. [...]

By |2020-10-05T14:32:12+00:00October 5th, 2020|Covid-19, Employment Law|Comments Off on COVID-19 Self-Isolation or Illness – what do I do?

What if an employee refuses to wear a mask at work?

We have all seen the stats and info-pics on the benefits of masks, but there are some individuals who, for various reasons, don't want to wear one. Whatever people choose to do in their private life, in the workplace there are some immediate requirements that leave little room for personal choice. The Government has set [...]

By |2020-08-31T15:04:52+00:00September 7th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety|Comments Off on What if an employee refuses to wear a mask at work?

What to do if an employee refuses to return to work.

Employers have been contacting ESA at a loss to do with employees who are refusing to return to work. Employers were forced to send employees home at various stages of the Covid-10 pandemic and in most cases these employees came into receipt of the €350 Covid-19 payment. For some employees this was just enough to [...]

By |2020-08-31T13:10:28+00:00August 31st, 2020|Covid-19, Employment Law|Comments Off on What to do if an employee refuses to return to work.

64 year old cleaner fired over age and illness awarded €10,000

Case Background The 64 year old cleaner had been employed from December 2018 to June 2019 by an unnamed residential care facility. She worked Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Claim The claim was taken under the Equality Act for being dismissed due to age and illness. Employer's Mistakes The employee was never given a contract [...]

By |2020-08-21T14:45:45+00:00August 27th, 2020|Employment Equality, Employment Law, Employment Law, HR, Human Resources, WRC Cases|Comments Off on 64 year old cleaner fired over age and illness awarded €10,000

It is not your fault!

We have been dealing with many employers going through the awful process of redundancies lately and time and time again they are riddled with guilt and upset at having to go down the road of redundancies. Naturally, for the employee it is a tremendously difficult time too, but, we want to address the employers here. [...]

By |2020-08-21T10:26:02+00:00August 21st, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety|Comments Off on It is not your fault!

Irish Government’s July Stimulus Package

These are the six main focus points for businesses: TWSS (Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme) TWSS will now be extended and its name changed to: Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme and                   will run from September 2020 to March 2021. PUP (Pandemic Unemployment Payment) PUP will be extended to April [...]

By |2020-07-31T11:11:40+00:00August 3rd, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on Irish Government’s July Stimulus Package

HSA Inspections will now include Covid-19 compliance

The Health and Safety Authority (the “HSA”) is the government agency with responsibility to ensure compliance with workplace health and safety (Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (the “2005 Act”)). Its remit now includes ensuring compliance with the Return to Work Safely Protocol (the “Protocol”). In this article, we look at the four [...]

By |2020-07-31T10:58:00+00:00July 31st, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on HSA Inspections will now include Covid-19 compliance

If an employee returns from a holiday abroad do I have to pay them to self-isolate?

We have received a few concerned phone calls from employers who have employees returning from abroad. The current Government regulations require anyone coming into the country to self-isolate for 14 days. As an employer you are obliged to let your employee do this before allowing them return to the workplace. The question is are you, [...]

By |2020-07-03T11:08:49+00:00July 14th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on If an employee returns from a holiday abroad do I have to pay them to self-isolate?

Can I ask my employees to take a pay cut?

There are several reasons as to why an employer may seek pay cuts, but the most common reason is that the business has slowed or stopped and outgoings have to be reduced. Just as wages can be increased through negotiation they can be reduced through negotiation with the only caveat being that the wage can [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:40:09+00:00July 10th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on Can I ask my employees to take a pay cut?