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07 September 2023
In this second article in our two-part series, Linda Hynes, partner in the Employment, Immigration and Reward team of Lewis Silkin Ireland, looks at the recent guidance issued by the Irish Data Protection Commission (‘DPC’) on managing subject access requests and considers the key takeaways for employers when dealing with such requests.
Inbrief30 August 2023
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.
29 August 2023
Now that the Pay Transparency Directive has been finalised, it’s becoming clear where gender pay gap reporting in Ireland will need to change. In this article, we assess the current Irish gender pay gap reporting regulations in the context of the new requirements under the Pay Transparency Directive and set out the changes that will have to be made.
Housing crisis: Rise in Irish tech firms using 'employer of record' companies to hire staff abroad. Linda Hynes comments for The Journal
Press22 August 2023
Ireland-based tech firms are increasingly using ‘employer of record’ (EOR) companies in other countries to hire staff abroad, rather than moving them here due to the struggle of sourcing housing.
18 August 2023
The European Commission has published a second-stage consultation of the European social partners on strengthening social dialogue through a revision of the European Works Council Directive. Whilst draft legislation has still not been published, the reforms being contemplated would have profound implications for all businesses with a European Works Council.
Press31 July 2023
The European Council has adopted new rules to combat pay discrimination and help close the gender pay gap in the EU. Under the pay transparency directive, EU companies will be required to share information about how much they pay women and men for work of equal value and take action if their gender pay gap exceeds 5%.
Laura Ensor and Linda Hynes discuss what the Work Life Balance Act means for Employers in June’s edition of Retail News
Press30 June 2023
Laura Ensor and Linda Hynes report on the introduction of the new Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 and provide some practical advice for employers in the retail sector on the steps they need to take in preparation for the commencement of the Act.
15 June 2023
In this two-part series, Linda Hynes, partner in the Employment, Immigration and Reward team of Lewis Silkin Ireland, sets out what employers need to take away from the recent DPC guidance. The first in the series looks at the Data Protection in the Workplace: Employer Guidance.
Síobhra Rush comments for the Independent on issues surrounding the June deadline for large firms’ gender pay gap data snapshot
Press01 June 2023
Síobhra Rush of Lewis Silkin explores the issues surrounding the June deadline. Síobhra explains that small firms should consider reporting this year, and that clarity is also needed around pay calculations for part-time workers, contractors, statutory leave and employer pension contributions.
25 May 2023
It has been reported that the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has awarded a former Debenhams’ employee eight weeks’ pay in the main test case for a large group of staff. It is understood that between 750-800 former employees referred complaints to the WRC following the collective redundancy in 2020.
25 May 2023
Smaller employers in Ireland will start to have gender pay gap reporting obligations in 2024. This means that there is only a small window of opportunity to tackle pay gaps and take action on gender diversity, without the fear of having to publicly report potentially uncomfortable statistics.
Síobhra Rush and Sinead Likely write for Retail News and Irish Examiner on neurodiversity in the workplace
Press02 May 2023
Síobhra Rush and Sinead Likely of Lewis Silkin explore the legal and practical issues around employing people with neurodivergent conditions and how employers in the retail sector can develop a more neurodiverse workforce.
27 April 2023
The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) recently published its annual report for 2022 detailing the activities it undertook in 2022 and setting out its regulatory strategy and priorities for the next five years. In this article we focus on the topics and guidance that we think are most relevant for employers, specifically in the areas of data breaches, subject access requests and data subject complaints. We also summarise some of the more notable case studies that might interest employers.
Síobhra Rush comments on the Work Life Balance 2022 bill coming into effect in Ireland for The Irish Times
Press05 April 2023
The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2022 has passed through all stages in the Dáil and has been signed into law by President Michael D Higgins, set to be in effect in weeks.
Press28 March 2023
EU rules are set to rinse away Greenwashing by heavily scrutinising the words used in advertising and marketing to ensure companies back up their claims with data and scientific evidence if they claim to be ‘carbon neutral’ or ‘greener’.
23 March 2023
Judicial assessment and mediation are being launched in the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals from 31 March 2023, bringing Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK and offering employers new avenues for alternative dispute resolution.
Press23 March 2023
Linda Hynes and Declan Groarke were guests on The HR Room Podcast series by Insight HR. In this episode, Linda and Declan discussed the Employment Permits Bill 2022, exploring what impact it has for employers and the immigration and permits system in Ireland.
Press20 March 2023
As fears of Covid-19 subside and worries around the rising cost-of-living take over, many older people are returning to the workforce, a movement known as the 'Great Unretirement'.
07 March 2023
International Women’s Day on 8 March 2023 provides an opportunity for employers to showcase inclusivity within their workplace and an opportunity to reflect on steps they can take to make their workplace more inclusive.
New Regulations on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions: Linda Hynes and Sinead Likely write for Retail News
Press27 February 2023
Linda Hynes and Sinead Likely of Lewis Silkin report on the key implications of new Regulations on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions that employers in the retail sector need to know.