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Inbrief25 June 2019
This Inbrief provides a whistle-stop tour of the most important Irish employment law issues, from the beginning of the employment relationship through to its conclusion.
28 May 2019
Diageo’s recent announcement offering 26 weeks paid parental leave to all employees in Ireland, regardless of gender or sexual orientation or whether they became parents biologically, through adoption or surrogacy, is commendable.
08 May 2019
The measures contained in the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019 (“the Bill”), published on 4 April, show that the Irish Government is taking gender pay gap (“GPG”) reporting seriously. The Bill proposes to introduce various mechanisms, available to different groups of interested parties, designed to ensure that companies and government bodies comply with their GPG reporting obligations.
17 April 2019
A welcome announcement from the Minister for Justice and Equality means that from 13 May 2019, visa required nationals who hold a valid Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card will no longer need to apply for a re-entry visa to travel back to Ireland. It is sufficient for them to show their IRP/GNIB card for visa purposes.
16 April 2019
The Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2019 ('the Regulations') will take effect from 22 April 2019. They will be a welcome relief in certain sectors struggling to fill roles with EEA citizens.
Lewis Silkin's Dublin office features in The Guardian: ‘A chance to redefine myself’: the Britons fleeing Brexit by becoming Irish
Press08 April 2019
Our Dublin office has been featured in an article for The Guardian which discusses Britons seeking Irish passports in light of Brexit.
Press02 April 2019
Irish Legal News have produced an article covering the promotion of Linda Hynes to partner, making her the second partner in our recently-opened Dublin office.
27 March 2019
Lewis Silkin was delighted to host its first Dublin LS Mixer @ 6 this month for in-house counsel working in the creative, innovative and brand centric sectors in Ireland. The mixer is an opportunity for in-house counsel to hear from Lewis Silkin on the burning issues in their industry but also (and more importantly) to network and benchmark with fellow in-house counsel.
26 March 2019
It seems that the FAI does not just have to worry about the results on the pitch as the qualification campaign for Euro 2020 kicks off, or the fact that they owed their CEO a significant sum of money (while also paying his rent) some time ago.
22 March 2019
I would never give up a meal but I certainly wouldn’t begrudge someone a taste (unless they were a sibling – that’s a different story). I would trust my fellow employees to keep their distance but if my lunch started to disappear daily I’m not sure what I would do - maybe a simple note, a lunch box with a lock, surveillance? – possibly too far but if your employer had to set up CCTV to protect your soup and sandwich, the question arises as to what level of monitoring can be undertaken by an employer and what expectation of privacy do employees have at work?
Jumping on the bandwagon – New Irish law introduced to provide security and predictability of working hours for employees on insecure contracts and those working variable hours23 January 2019
The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins signed the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 (“the Act”) into law last month on Christmas Day, although it is not due to come into force until the first week of March. This gives employers some time to consider the changes the Act will implement, time to update working practices, policies and contracts, and time to “jump on the bandwagon” (pun intended – see below).
Press Release02 January 2019
Declan Groarke joins Lewis Silkin’s office in the Irish capital
05 December 2018
Gender pay gap reporting laws are coming soon to Ireland.
27 November 2018
Cases from the courts continue to emphasise the duty of care on employers to take reasonable steps to protect their employees from the reasonably foreseeable harm which may arise as a result of treatment by other employees, even where such behaviour might not amount to bullying in the workplace.
19 November 2018
The origins of the “gig economy” can be traced back to the worldwide recession in 2008/2009, when people began to take on shorter term freelance “gig” type roles (involving personal service) which went outside the normal parameters of the employer/employee relationship. Very quickly, internet applications to host those services and put users in touch with the service providers came into being. These applications are now called platforms. While technology has kept up with the increase of these platforms, employment law has not, particularly in Ireland.
Press04 October 2018
In an article, Irish Legal News has covered the upcoming Lewis Silkin Ireland office opening and discussed the post-Brexit opportunities for Ireland.
Data protection a “key imperative” for businesses ahead of Brexit “cliff edge” say Lewis Silkin lawyers at Dublin office opening
Press Release03 October 2018
Lewis Silkin has officially opened its new Dublin office with an event at the Marker Hotel, with guest speakers including the Irish Deputy Data Protection Commissioner and Facebook’s International Employment Counsel.
Linda Hynes writes for Legal Island: The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 - does it go too far?
Press16 July 2018
In an article for Legal Island, Linda Hynes discusses the new Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 and what it means for employers.
Lewis Silkin named ‘Law Firm of the Year for Labour, Employment & Pensions’ by Who’s Who Legal Global Guide 2018
Press Release09 May 2018
This global recognition follows last year's accolade of our employment team being named ‘the most highly nominated European firm’ by Who’s Who Legal in 2017.
30 April 2018
According to latest statistics, claims of age discrimination made up 14% of cases raised by members of the public to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“IHREC”) under Irish employment legislation. Compulsory and contractual retirement ages in particular have become an increasing area of litigation in Ireland in recent times.