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Parental Leave 2019

There are changes to the Parental Leave legislation which come into effect as of 1st September 2019 and as a result companies Parental Leave policies need to be updated. As of 1st September 2019 the age of a qualifying child increases from previously reaching 8 years of age to reaching 12 years and the parental [...]

By | August 13th, 2019|News|

Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 2017

The government has drafted a bill to restrict casualization and precarious work. The Bill has been brought forward after the study conducted by the University of Limerick on the prevalence of zero hour contracts and low hour contracts and their impact on employees. The Bill aims to address key issues which have been identified as [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|News|

National Minimum Wage 2018

NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE 1st January 2018 €9.55 is the legally enforceable minimum rate that applies to adult experienced workers with effect from 1 January 2018. EMPLOYEE MINIMUM HOURLY RATE of PAY Experienced adult worker €9.55 per working hour Under age 18 €6.69 per working hour (70%) *In the first year after the date of first [...]

By | December 10th, 2017|News|

The Aftermath of Strike

We have seen in the recent months industrial action in the transport sector and the Gardaí. The 21 days strike at Bus Eireann is particular divisive for the CIE organisation and the bus drivers. In such an intensely fought industrial conflict there are no real winners only losers. Trust between the parties is broken which [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|News|

All Important Interviews and Selection

As the economy keeps improving the recruitment of new candidates becomes more and more important. There is already a scarcity of good candidates as a large section of a generation is missing in Ireland. The candidates between 30 and 35 are scarce. Recently a manager whom I have known for years reminded me of the [...]

By | March 19th, 2017|News|

The Essence of Appraisals

Recently I attended a HR seminar where a HR director told us that he had torn up the appraisal handbook and forms in the executive meeting to the delight of all who were present. If you want to be popular with managers then definitely tear up the Management Performance System. Afterwards I was speaking to [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|News|

National Minimum Wage 2017

NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE 2017   €9.25 is the legally enforceable minimum rate that applies to adult experienced workers with effect from 1 January 2017.     EMPLOYEE MINIMUM HOURLY RATE of PAY Experienced adult worker €9.25 per working hour Under age 18 €6.48 per working hour (70%)   *In the first year after the date [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|News|

Paternity Leave

Paternity Leave is the unpaid leave granted to the male employee on the birth of his child in Ireland. The Paternity Leave is for a maximum of ten (10) days off linked to the birth of the father’s child. The leave should be taken within 26 weeks of the birth of the child.   Please [...]

By | November 1st, 2016|News|

Industrial Relations 2016 – 22.5% Wage Increase

The Labour Court ruled recently on the first Industrial Relations dispute before them after the new Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act, 2015. The dispute was between Freshways Food Company (employer) and SIPTU (LRC21242) and it was about pay and conditions. The company employs 250 workers of whom 170 are general operatives, the company makes sandwiches. SIPTU [...]

By | July 12th, 2016|News|

How to handle a dismissal

“Could you come in now direct to see us?” That is a question which I am frequently asked by managers, who are not sure what to do in the case of a dismissal and are wise enough to ask for assistance. The legislation regarding a dismissal can be tricky and difficult enough for any individual [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|News|
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