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Lewis Silkin | Ireland | 4 Aug 2021

Latest on gender pay gap reporting

Following the recent passing of the Gender Pay Gap Information Act, preparations have been made to make gender pay gap reporting a greater priority for many organisations. Employers will have to publish the reasons for the gaps, which is often a complex task. This article examines the act and explains what employers need to know.
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Lewis Silkin | Ireland | 14 Jul 2021

Latest guidance on collecting employee vaccination data

With many employers planning the return to the workplace, the question arises as to what vaccination data (if any) can be collected from returning staff. The Data Protection Commission has finally issued guidance clarifying its position on whether it is permissible for employers to collect and process this information.
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Lewis Silkin | Ireland | 7 Jul 2021

Working from home abroad: considerations for employers

Employers should consider a variety of issues, including tax, social security, immigration and employment law implications, before agreeing to an employee's request to work from home when "home" is not in Ireland. This article considers these areas as well as the practical steps that can be taken to minimise the risks.
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Lewis Silkin | Ireland | 16 Jun 2021

Ireland moves one step closer to introducing statutory sick pay

The government confirmed that it has approved the drafting of the General Scheme of the Sick Leave Bill 2021, which will make it mandatory for employers in Ireland to provide statutory sick pay (SSP) to employees. Employers should consider reviewing their policies and contracts to ensure that they reference and comply with the minimum statutory entitlements under the SSP scheme when it comes......
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Lewis Silkin | Ireland | 12 May 2021

Topical issues in Irish employment law

This article focuses on three areas of employment law in Ireland that have seen recent significant developments: employment status and the gig economy (in particular, whether the UK Uber decision will have an impact in Ireland), collective bargaining arrangements and gender pay gap reporting.
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Lewis Silkin | Ireland | 21 Apr 2021

Changes to family leave entitlements introduced

The changes to parent's and adoptive leave announced in the Budget 2021 recently entered into force. The Family Leave and Miscellaneous Provisions Act provides for an additional three weeks' paid parent's leave and benefit for each parent, to be taken in the first two years after the birth or adoptive placement of a child. Moreover, all adopting couples will be able to choose which parent......
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Lewis Silkin | Ireland | 14 Apr 2021

New code of practice on right to disconnect

The government has published its promised code of practice on the right to disconnect from work outside normal working hours. Implementing a right-to-disconnect policy will set a good grounding for an organisational culture in which the line between work and leisure is both visibly respected and taken seriously. This article explains what is in the new code and what it means for employers in......
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Lewis Silkin | European Union, Ireland, United Kingdom | 17 Feb 2021

Ireland's Immigrant Investor Programme – the allure of inward investment in return for residency

The Immigrant Investor Programme offers non-EEA nationals a route to residency in Ireland by offering four investment options to investors who satisfy certain criteria – namely, that they are of good character and have a minimum net worth of €2 million. This article discusses how the programme works, its benefits and how high-net-worth individuals can use it as a means of obtaining residency......
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Lewis Silkin | Ireland | 10 Feb 2021

New code of practice on preventing workplace bullying

The new Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work recently entered into force. The code provides an updated definition of what bullying is and, importantly, what does not constitute bullying. The code sets out the steps that employers should take to prevent bullying and the measures that they should take to investigate any complaint....
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Lewis Silkin | Ireland | 3 Feb 2021

Employee unfairly dismissed for being refused remote working during COVID-19 pandemic

The Workplace Relations Commission recently found that an employee had been unfairly dismissed when her employer rejected her request for remote working in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The outcome may encourage more employees to bring constructive dismissal claims where they feel that their employer has not adequately addressed their health and safety concerns, especially as workplaces......
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