Legal Features

Forced Retirement Deemed a Discriminatory Termination

03/10/2017 - In a recent case before the Workplace Relations Commission, A Bookkeeper v A Retail Business (ADJ-5391), the Adjudication Officer held that the imposition of a mandatory retirement age without a contractual basis constituted an unlawful discriminatory termination.

Auctioneer’s Liability for Sales Brochure Clarified

01/08/2017 - On 1st June 2017 the Supreme Court delivered a long-awaited judgment overturning a previous decision of the High Court to hold an auctioneering firm liable in damages to a purchaser for inaccurate and misleading measurements contained in a sales brochure.

General Data Protection Regulation – Likely Impact for Employers and How to Prepare

01/08/2017 - The General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), due to take effect on 25 May 2018, aims to harmonise data protection rules across the European Union ("EU") and marks a milestone in data protection laws in the EU.

Corporate Manslaughter Bill 2016

04/07/2017 - The Corporate Manslaughter Bill 2016 which is making its way through the Oireachtas at the moment creates 2 new criminal offences which will have significant impact on Healthcare service providers.

Legal challenge to Facebook transferring Data to US

22/06/2017 - Privacy Rights Campaigner Max Schrems claims the transfer of his personal data by Facebook from Europe to its US parent company is unlawful and in breach of his right to privacy under article 7 and 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Anti-Avoidance and Offshore Structures – Last Call for Penalty Mitigation

18/04/2017 - The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan T.D. announced a comprehensive national programme targeting offshore tax evasion in his budget speech in October 2016 to tackle the perceived abuse of offshore structures.

Ten tips on how to avoid a claim for unfair dismissal in your workplace

04/04/2017 - Amorys solicitors offer some sage advice to business owners...

Mediation Bill announced for 2017

02/03/2017 - The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has announced that she will publish the long awaited Mediation Bill this year.

The Gig Economy: update following the CitySprint decision in the UK

15/02/2017 - A cycle courier in the UK has been successful in arguing before a UK Employment Tribunal that she is entitled to 'worker' status for the purposes of the relevant UK legislation, despite the courier's contention that she was an independent contractor.

EU Commission proposes new ePrivacy Regulation

17/01/2017 - On 10 January 2017 the EU Commission proposed a new regulation (the “ePrivacy Regulation”) to replace Directive 2002/58/EC (the “ePrivacy Directive”).

New EU regulations require companies in Ireland to maintain a register of beneficial owners.

05/01/2017 - The European union (Anti-Money Laundering: Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Entities) Regulations 2016 (“the new AML Regulations”) which took effect from 15th November 2016, require most Irish registered companies to gather and retain on a register information on individuals who are its beneficial owners.

Developments in Data Privacy Case law

01/12/2016 - This summer has seen significant developments on both sides of the Atlantic in legal cases concerning international data privacy law.

Mamma Mia! Pregnancy Related Dismissal Claims

01/12/2016 - There is strong legal protection in Ireland for expectant mothers, and women dismissed for pregnancy-related reasons can take a case under either the Unfair Dismissal Acts 1977-2015 (the "Unfair Dismissal Acts") or under the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015 (the "Equality Acts").

Paternity Leave rights for Fathers - what you need to know

04/10/2016 - Paternity Leave rights for Fathers Commence 1st September 2016 - Amorys Solicitors have given us some pointers on your entitlements...

Rare Win for Employee in Constructive Dismissal Claim

04/10/2016 - The Labour Court recently awarded €16,000 for constructive dismissal to an employee whose manager refused to allow him to return to work after experiencing mental health problems despite the fact his medical certificate said he was fit to work.

Recruitment and vetting of candidates by employers

01/09/2016 - The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016 - what you need to know...

Workplace Bullying – How far is too far?

01/09/2016 - Following on from a recent case before the Court of Appeal, which significantly reduced an award of damages in a workplace bullying action,

Who is affected by the filing changes?

17/08/2016 - Irish registered unlimited companies which have a (direct or indirect) limited liability holding company or subsidiary company.

No Mixed Messages - Social Media in the Workplace

02/08/2016 - Two recent decisions of the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) demonstrate the increasingly common problems that social media usage is creating in the workplace for both employers and employees.

The Uber Case

26/07/2016 - We look at the distinction between employees and independent contractors in light of the recent cases against “on demand” technology companies

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