1803, 2021

Employers Urged To Prepare For Parent’s Leave Increase

March 18, 2021|Categories: All, Legislation Updates|

Parent’s leave is to increase from two to five weeks and will apply to both parents and adoptive parents under new legislation which comes into effect in April 2021. HR Team Director, Martina McAuley, said: “Parents in Ireland will be able to take the five weeks of leave at any time within the first two years after a child’s birth or adoption instead of in the one-year period that was previously provided for in the Parent’s Leave and Benefit Act 2019. “The new legislation means it is now time for employers in Ireland to establish new policies and procedures, or [...]

2701, 2021

Willy-nilly rejection of remote working requests will see flood of tribunal cases

January 27, 2021|Categories: All|

Leading HR advisor says employers are anticipating a flood of employment law cases resulting from 'willy-nilly' rejection of remote working requests by employers. Martina McAuley, Director at HR Team, said employers who are not adequately prepared to deal with remote working requests - even post Covid-19 – run the risk of serious financial penalties. Unfair Dismissal Following The Refusal Of A Remote Working Request Ms McAuley made the comments after the Workplace Relations Commission ordered an employer to compensate a worker for unfair dismissal following the refusal of a request for remote working. Ms McAuley said: “Case law now exists [...]

1501, 2021

Remote working law will boost staff retention and motivation says HR expert

January 15, 2021|Categories: All, Legislation Updates|

A leading HR specialist says laws giving employees the right to request permanent remote working will improve staff retention and motivation. HR Team Director, Breda Cullen made the comments after Tánaiste Leo Varadkar published Ireland’s first National Remote Work Strategy which aims to make remote working a permanent option after the Covid-19 pandemic. A new legally admissible code of practice on the right to disconnect from work will also be introduced - covering phone calls, emails and switch-off time. For expert HR advice on the latest employment law updates, contact our team.  However, Ms Cullen said it is important that [...]

312, 2020

Employers advised to ‘recommend not mandate’ Covid-19 vaccine

December 3, 2020|Categories: All|

A leading HR consultant is advising Irish employers to recommend Covid-19 vaccination to employees rather than making it mandatory when a vaccine is rolled out. HR Team Director, Breda Cullen, says the imminent availability of an approved vaccine has raised questions for employers over the legalities in mandating a vaccination for their teams. She says: “At present, there is no employment law surrounding how employers might manage the introduction of a vaccine and whether they can make it mandatory or not for employees. However, in all circumstances, it will be important to be clear within internal policies and procedures. “Although [...]

1211, 2020

Helping Employees Overcome The 5 Challenges of Lockdown

November 12, 2020|Categories: All|

Many businesses are now having to think on their feet to ensure survival during lockdown and beyond, and HR Team’s experts are on-hand with commercially-focused advice on how to make the right decisions. Director, Breda Cullen, says HR Team’s consultants are making a number of recommendations on how to implement the various options available to employers faced with very difficult decisions at this time. The key employment challenges in lockdown 1. Adhering to the latest government guidelines and restrictions in Ireland 2. Making temporary lay-offs or introducing short-time working 3. Considering redundancies 4. Homeworking Employers have a number of options [...]

1211, 2020

How to Manage your Annual Leave Backlog

November 12, 2020|Categories: All|

Regardless of the employee’s length of employment or status, everyone is entitled to paid time off, whether they are part-time, full-time, temporary, or casual workers. How can you manage your employee’s annual leave? The spread of coronavirus has had many impacts on businesses. One of these impacts being the accumulated amount of annual leave for employees. An employee accrues annual leave for any hours worked. If an employee has been laid off, they do not accumulate it during this period. Please note, employees accrue public holiday entitlements the first 13 weeks on layoff. A part-time employee will only qualify for [...]

910, 2020

Employers who fail to ‘protect vulnerable staff’ risk of legal backlash

October 9, 2020|Categories: All, Health and Safety|

As the rise in cases continues to increase amid the ‘second employers are faced with an obligation to protect their staff, particularly those vulnerable to Covid-19. Employers who fail to meet their legal obligations to protect staff could find themselves in breach of legislation and facing enforcement action, says a Safe Team Health and Safety Consultant. They said it is important that employers implement strategies to protect these workers – particularly those defined as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’. The consultant said: “Employers have a legal duty to protect workers from harm. They should make sure to consider the risk to workers [...]

3009, 2020

Lay-offs imminent as employers face new lockdowns

September 30, 2020|Categories: All|

In light of the fresh lockdowns imposed in Dublin and Donegal, and with many other counties on the verge of following suit, a leading HR adviser says many employers will be forced to make temporary lay-offs and even redundancies. HR Team Director, Breda Cullen, said: “Many businesses are now having to think on their feet to ensuring they survive through these ongoing turbulent times. “Employers are having to consider repeat lay-offs while others are facing the prospect of redundancies, particularly in the hospitality industry. In other sectors, businesses are returning to a working from home arrangement, which comes with its [...]

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