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Oppression Must be Conceded Before Court Will Sanction Independent Valuation of Shares

15/03/2019 - A recent High Court case, Harrington v Harrington & another, [2018] IEHC 751, has provided some guidance to shareholders and companies in relation to litigation under Section 212 of the Companies Act 2014 ("Section 212").

Brexit: Irish subsidiaries of UK firms warned of more dawn raids

26/02/2019 - One of the unforeseen consequences of Brexit is that Irish businesses could be subject to more competition dawn raids by the European Commission as the option of conducting these unannounced inspections in the UK is blocked off by the UK leaving the European Union.

Charities VAT Compensation Scheme – A General Guide

13/02/2019 - While charities in Ireland can qualify for a broad range of tax exemptions, they have no general exemption from VAT.

GDPR Bites – Google fined €50 million for breach

12/02/2019 - On 21 January 2019, the CNIL, the French data protection authority ordered Google to pay a fine of €50 million based on a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Ireland Delays Introduction of New Pension Laws

07/02/2019 - The deadline for transposition of IORP II (Directive 2016/2341) (the "Directive") passed on 13 January 2019, with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (the "Department") issuing a statement on the matter last week.

The Mediation Act 2017 and Litigation in Ireland

05/02/2019 - Many of the provisions of the Mediation Act 2017 (“the Act”) which became effective on 1st January 2018, placed already existing practices in relation to mediation on a statutory footing. However the Act’s statutory promotion of mediation as a viable, effective and efficient alternative to court proceedings is no doubt a welcome introduction for litigants in Ireland.

Brexit: Extend, Suspend, Mend, Amend or Pretend?

25/01/2019 - Following the decision of the House of Commons on 15 January 2019 to reject the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK, what happens now?

Reputation Management – A Corporate Survival Guide

08/01/2019 - “It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently” ? Warren Buffett.

Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace (Part 5): AI and Inter-generational Working

06/12/2018 - In our Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Workplace article series we are considering the potential positive impacts that AI could have on the workplace and the possible amendments required to Irish employment law to allow these to happen.

"Face-Off”: Facebook, The Data Breach and The DPC

22/11/2018 - Since 25 May 2018, two of the most hotly debated questions have been:

Anti-Corruption Legislation- Corporates Take Action

02/11/2018 - The Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act, 2018 (the“2018 Act”) was signed into law on 5 June, 2018. The 2018 Act was subsequently commenced by Ministerial Order with effect from 30 July 2018

How will Brexit impact Public Procurement in the UK?

02/11/2018 - On 5 September 2018, the House of Commons issued a 17 page Briefing Paper discussing the impact of Brexit on the UK public procurement sector. A brief summary of the findings is set out below.

Ireland's Corporation Tax Roadmap – The Rules of the Road are Changing

02/11/2018 - The Department of Finance published "Ireland's Corporation Tax Roadmap" (the Roadmap) on 5 September 2018.

Closing the gender pay gap

05/10/2018 - After years of financial crisis, many of the world’s economies have the battle scars to prove it. But imagine there was a way to boost growth by trillions of euro.

Tax Strategy Papers – A Glimpse of the Future for Irish Corporation Tax

05/10/2018 - The Department of Finance has published its Budget 2019 Tax Strategy Group ("TSG") ("the Group") Papers.

Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 - a game changer for employers?

07/09/2018 - The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 was recently passed by Dáil Éireann and, depending on progress made before Seanad Éireann in the autumn, it could be enacted by the end of the year.

Time to Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Companies New Duties under the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act 2018

07/09/2018 - The much anticipated Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act 2018 (the "Act") was commenced on 30 July 2018. The Act was signed into law by President Higgins on 5 June 2018.

Parental Leave Bill Passed by Dail

14/08/2018 - The Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017 (the "Bill"), which extends the applicability and duration of parental leave, was passed by the Dail.

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017

14/08/2018 - The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 (“the Bill”) which is now at committee stage is expected to be enacted later this year. The Bill if enacted will have wide ranging effects for employers, in particular regarding “low hour” or “zero-hour” contracts.

A New Era – Corruption Legislation Passes Through the Irish Parliament

02/07/2018 - The Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill 2017 (the "Bill") was passed on 30 May 2018 by the Seanad (the Irish Senate), concluding its passage through the Oireachtas (the Irish Houses of Parliament).

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