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Office romances - employers beware
  • LK Shields
  • Ireland
  • February 13 2015

The video that went viral this month of colleagues in New Zealand caught on camera in their workplace brings in to focus the issues that employers


Criminal background checks
  • LK Shields
  • Ireland
  • December 31 2014

Employers are prohibited from requesting criminal background checks or clearances, except in specified, sensitive sectors explains Jennifer O'Neill


Whistleblowers enjoy layers of protection under Act
  • LK Shields
  • Ireland, United Kingdom
  • November 24 2014

Employees can bring a claim under the 2014 Act from the first day of their employment. Workers who make protected disclosures gain extensive


Employment legislation update - July 2014
  • LK Shields
  • Ireland
  • July 18 2014

More commonly known as the “Whistleblowers’ Act”, the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 came into force yesterday. The Act provides for a single piece


Compulsory retirement age - the end of an era?
  • LK Shields
  • Ireland
  • May 30 2014

January 2014 saw an increase in the qualification age for drawing a State pension from sixty-five to sixty-six years. The qualification age is set to


Disciplinary procedures: how fair must you be?
  • LK Shields
  • Ireland, United Kingdom
  • December 16 2013

Many employers have lost what they believed were straightforward dismissal cases because they failed to follow fair procedures in reaching their


Employment and Investment Incentive (EII) Scheme update
  • LK Shields
  • Ireland
  • August 15 2013

The Finance Act 2011 introduced the Employment and Investment Incentive (EII) scheme which replaced the Business Expansion Scheme (BES) originally


Legal risks associated with bring your own device (BYOD) policies
  • LK Shields
  • Ireland
  • March 5 2013

BYOD (bring your own device) is a hot topic in the boardroom and for IT managers. BYOD involves allowing employees to use their own mobile devices


Another expensive lesson for employers
  • LK Shields
  • Ireland
  • September 5 2012

In February of this year, the Equality Tribunal made an award of 315,000 in compensation against O’Callaghan Hotels for harassment, discrimination and victimisation of a former senior employee


"Without prejudice" conversations: risks and pitfalls
  • LK Shields
  • Ireland
  • August 31 2012

"I'm not sure this is working out ... can we speak "off the record" ... ?"