2801, 2016

Irish employers must conceive new paternity policies

January 28, 2016|Categories: All|Tags: , , , , |

From this September employers in Ireland can expect applications from new fathers for two weeks’ paternity leave following the introduction of new legislation. That means it’s now time for employers to conceive new paternity policies and procedures or at least overhaul their existing ones to ensure employment law compliance. The Government this week formally agreed to legislate to allow for fathers to take a fortnight in paid paternal leave. The law change – which was initially announced in the budget - is expected to be in place by the end of September. It would prudent for employers to be prepared [...]

401, 2016

Minimum wage increase reminder from HR Team

January 4, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Employers in the Republic of Ireland should adjust pay rates to include the statutory minimum wage increase on January 1, says HR Team Managing Partner Breda Cullen. The statutory minimum wage per hour has increased from €8.65 to €9.15. Ms Cullen said employers must implement the relevant changes in their payroll departments. "It's important that employers are aware of the increase in the minimum wage. We would urge all employers to take the appropriate steps in adjusting the salaries and wages of employees to ensure that they remain compliant with employment legislation and avoid risk.” The national minimum wage (NMW) [...]

2310, 2015

Retailer payout highlights importance of equality compliance

October 23, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Dunnes Stores’ £40,000 settlement of an age discrimination dispute with a former employee highlights the importance of sound equality policies in the workplace, a HR Team employment law expert has said. Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Ltd made the settlement with Gloria Dunbar who was working at the Annadale Embankment, Belfast branch when she was told to leave the company at the age of 63. Since turning 60 she had been placed on a series of fixed-term, renewable contracts until her contract was terminated last year. She alleged the decision was taken due to her age. POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN THE WORKPLACE [...]

210, 2015

Minimum wage increase in October

October 2, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Employers must take steps to ensure they meet new hourly minimum wage requirements, HR Team Managing Partner Breda Cullen has said. The hourly minimum wage in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales has been increased by 20p to £6.70 as of Thursday, October 1. THE NATIONAL LIVING WAGE The new rate is a step towards the planned implementation of the national living wage of £7.20 per hour for those aged 25 and over from April 2016. FOR THOSE 18-20 For those aged 18-20 the minimum hourly rate has been increased by 17p to £5.30 while for those aged under 18 [...]

210, 2015

Annual leave when sick – law change in Ireland

October 2, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

HR Team is advising employers to note that workers can accrue annual leave while on long term sick leave. Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash announced recently that workers absent due to long term illness can accrue annual leave. The legislation - which came into effect on August 1 - means workers are now permitted to carry over such accrued annual leave for a period of 15 months after the leave year in question. THE WORKING TIME ACT The new legislation was put in place following European Court of Justice rulings on accrual of annual leave entitlements during sick [...]

1409, 2015

ECJ working time ruling ‘a barrier’ to business growth

September 14, 2015|Categories: All, All, All, All, All, Legislation Updates, Legislation Updates, Legislation Updates, Legislation Updates, Legislation Updates, Legislation Updates|Tags: , , , , , , |

A new EU ruling that travel time to and from first and last jobs of the day by workers with no fixed office should be regarded as work may have major implications for employers. HR Team Managing Partner Breda Cullen explained that the European Court of Justice ruling means many firms - including those employing care workers, tradespeople and sales reps - may be in breach of EU working time regulations. The top European court has been accused of tormenting businesses with the latest in a long line of rulings which put the squeeze on employers. HOW THE RULING IMPACTS [...]

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