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Working from home abroad - considerations for Irish employers22 June 2021
The increase in homeworking due to the Covid-19 pandemic is causing many Irish employees to ask if they can work from “home” from an overseas country – be that on a temporary basis, or in some cases indefinitely This Inbrief explains the potential legal issues and how to avoid the traps.
Watch out retailers - storing payment card details for future purchases just got a lot harder!17 June 2021
We have all seen the switch to online shopping during the pandemic, when shops were closed for months on end. Irish retailers embraced this new opportunity and turned to the internet to get consumers back in their (virtual) shops. Some customers may never go back to “normal” shopping.
Ireland moves one step closer to introducing statutory sick pay10 June 2021
The Irish government has announced more details of its mandatory sick pay scheme. The new law will give employees in Ireland a right to sick pay for the first time from 2022.
HSE Cyber Attack – the fallout hasn’t even started!21 May 2021
On 14 May the Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland’s equivalent of the NHS, suffered what has been described as a catastrophic, “ransomware”, cyber-attack. Ransomware is a type of malicious software or malware used by cyber criminals to encrypt the target’s data. The cyber-crime gang “Wizard Spider”, based in Eastern Europe, is believed to be behind the attack.
Topical issues in Irish employment law06 May 2021
This article focuses on three areas of employment law in Ireland that have seen recent significant developments: employment status and the gig economy; collective bargaining arrangements; and gender pay gap reporting.
Recent changes in employment law in NI from April 202113 April 2021
Set out below are various employment law changes due to come into effect from April 2021 in Northern Ireland.
Changes to family leave entitlements introduced in Ireland01 April 2021
On 27 March 2021, changes to parent’s leave and adoptive leave announced in Budget 2021 were signed into law and came into force on 1 April 2021.
Ireland: New Code of Practice on the right to disconnect01 April 2021
The Irish government has published its promised Code of Practice on the right to disconnect from work outside normal working hours. This article explains what is in the new Code and what it means for employers in Ireland.
A right royal checklist for the workplace31 March 2021
The royal family’s recent diversity review has put the importance of workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives in the spotlight. But what are the best tools for achieving lasting change in this area?
Industry prepares for Apple Tracking restrictions12 March 2021
In June 2020 Apple sent shockwaves through the ad industry by announcing that it would require iOS apps to obtain user consent to track the user or access their Apple device’s advertising identifier (i.e. the ‘IDFA’) for targeted advertising or advertising measurement purposes.
The world of employment law: Casual, on-call and freelance workers09 March 2021
Questions of employment status continue to preoccupy courts and legislators, as new technology and new ways of working pose a challenge to traditional definitions of employee and contractor. Cases on this issue are being brought around the world, many of which revolve around taxi and delivery drivers engaged through digital platforms.
US privacy update what UK and EU businesses need to know08 March 2021
In February 2021, Lewis Silkin welcomed back “very accomplished and expert” (Legal 500 2020) Gary Kibel of US firm Davis & Gilbert LLP to talk through major changes in the US privacy landscape in the past 12 months, how those changes affect UK and EU businesses, and how the changes compare to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The world of employment law: Pay and reward02 March 2021
Employer responsibilities in terms of fair pay and contributions towards taxes and company benefits have remained high on the agenda, despite a difficult year for business.
The world of employment law: Working parents and carers23 February 2021
Many countries are continuing to deal with calls for greater leave entitlements and flexibility for working parents and carers.
The world of employment law: Diversity and inclusion18 February 2021
In the US, President Trump controversially issued Executive Order 13950 prohibiting federal contractors and federal grant recipients from conducting workplace diversity training that included certain concepts (such as that individuals bear responsibility for past discrimination by others).
The world of employment law: Zooming into the future – the employment law response to the huge shift in working patterns17 February 2021
As widely discussed, the pandemic has caused, or perhaps merely accelerated, a mass shift towards homeworking amongst office-based employees. A survey by Eurofound found that over a third of employees across the EU member states were working exclusively at home during the pandemic.
Ireland’s Immigrant Investor Programme – the allure of inward investment in return for residency16 February 2021
How does the Irish government’s Immigrant Investor Programme work, what benefits does it have and how can high-net-worth individuals use it as a means of obtaining residency rights in Ireland?
The world of employment law: The year of pandemic, protest and politics10 February 2021
Early 2020 saw the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. It rapidly criss-crossed the world, killing thousands of people, overrunning healthcare systems, devastating businesses, closing schools, and presenting an unprecedented challenge for leaders.
Brazil’s Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (LGPD) – what do UK and EU companies need to know?04 February 2021
September 2020 saw the official entrance on the scene of the LGPD - Brazil’s first comprehensive data law, which consolidates existing legislation in order to regulate the use and processing of personal data.
Happy Data Protection Day!28 January 2021
Today is the 15th Data Protection Day - and for those of you who are interested, it is also the 40th anniversary of Convention 108 which, along with Convention 108+, is credited with influencing and shaping data protection and privacy in Europe.