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2016 pay forecasts ‘too optimistic’, predicts CIPD – Press Releases – CIPD

on January 5, 2016 Uncategorized with 0 comments

More employment records likely to be broken in the next 12 months, but average wage growth will plateau despite introduction of National Living Wage The UK’s flexible labour market will continue to deliver solid employment growth in 2016, helping to contain skills shortages and wage inflation, despite the introduction of the National Living Wage, according […]

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Hospital consultants could be due millions in pay compensation | 

on January 5, 2016 News and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

Up to 2000 hospital consultants could be set to receive millions of euro in compensation over the HSE’s failure to honour a contract which included higher salaries. In 2008 new work practices were agreed which included treating more public patients. In return, the consultants were to receive more pay. The Irish Times reports that two […]

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Meat factory worker awarded €415k over ‘chronic’ back injury

on December 14, 2015 News and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

A meat factory worker has been awarded €415,000 by the High Court after he sued his employer over a back injury. Mohammed Ali Saleh, who was recruited from Egypt to work in Ireland, suffered a disc injury. He now walks with two crutches, is unable to work and has a miserable existence, a judge said. […]

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€255,000 award over alleged bullying of Special Needs Assistant overturned

on December 14, 2015 News and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

A €255,000 award over alleged bullying of a school special needs assistant has been overturned by the Court of Appeal. The High Court had made the award –of €140,276 for loss of past and future earnings and €115,000 general damages – to Una Ruffley, who worked in St Anne’s National School, The Curragh, Co Kildare. […]

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Workplace Relations Act 2015 explained

on October 12, 2015 News and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)  is an independent, statutory body which was established on 1st October 2015 under the Workplace Relations Act 2015 (No. 16 of 2015).    It assumes the roles and functions previously carried out by the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), Equality Tribunal (ET), Labour Relations Commission (LRC), Rights Commissioners Service (RCS), and the […]

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Accruing annual leave while on sick leave

on October 1, 2015 News, Uncategorized and Tags: , with 0 comments

From 1 October 2015, workers will be able to accrue annual leave when they are on long term sick leave.  The new legislation amends the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 to allow workers will be able to carryover suc h accrued annual leave for a period of 15 months after the leave year in question. The amendment […]

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ECJ rules travel time is working time – what that means for Irish employers?

on September 21, 2015 News and Tags: , with 0 comments

  Following a case taken by security company Tyco in Spain – the European Court of Justice has ruled that travel time is working time for employees with no fixed base.  Although this is a Spanish case, it is covered under the EU Working Time Directive – it is therefore expected to affect workers across […]

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Tips for handling conflict

on August 28, 2015 News and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments

5 Tips for handling conflict in business for managers Handling conflict in the workplace is very difficult -both for the manager and the people involved. Here are some tips to help you through this: 1) Understand individual styles and behaviours: If managers understand their reports and how they behave, they will hopefully be able to […]

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Largest payout for Constructive Dismissal

on August 28, 2015 News with 0 comments

Royal Sun Alliance Insurance has been ordered to pay its former Irish chief executive Philip Smith €1.25m for constructive dismissal.  The award was made by the Employment Appeals Tribunal and is the largest unfair dismissals compensation award ever made. Mr Smith – who had been earning a remuneration package of €620,000 a year – resigned from the […]

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Public Holidays – how they work

on August 28, 2015 News and Tags: , , with 0 comments

We have 9 Public Holidays in Ireland and when it comes to work, we often are asked about an employee’s entitlement. Are they due to get the day off, if they are not rostered to work on the day, what happens or if they work part time, what entitlement do they have. The Organisation of Working Time Act […]

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