The employment cases that stir the emotions

I’m surprised by the number of solicitors who do not do employment law or have made the intentional decision to avoid it. It is probably because of the sheer quantity of laws and regulations surrounding employment law, and the many frequent changes, that make it a murky, labyrinthine area of law. Much of it can… Continue reading The employment cases that stir the emotions

Have I a case?

I often come across individuals who believe they have ‘a case’ against their employer and want my agreement and encouragement. Often, I must tell them that I do not believe they have any valid, winnable claim. And they come back again and again asking this question and that question and trying to find something to… Continue reading Have I a case?

2 common mistakes made by lay litigants in employment cases

I meet many individuals who have submitted employment related claims to the Workplace Relations Commission and intend representing themselves. Or they may want me to represent them, but they have come to me too late in the day or I do not have the time at short notice or it will not be cost effective… Continue reading 2 common mistakes made by lay litigants in employment cases

A worrying ignorance of employment law

Some of the comments underneath my video on YouTube, Facebook, and Tik Tok about the jailing of Enoch Burke for breach of a court order demonstrate a worrying lack of understanding about employment law in Ireland. Judging from the views expressed I can see significant difficulties managing certain employees given their understanding of the law… Continue reading A worrying ignorance of employment law

The “hate speech”  Facebook post and the employer’s common mistake

I published a video yesterday about the WRC case in which an employee was awarded €10,500, part of which was for unfair dismissal. The circumstances giving rise to her dismissal surrounded a Facebook post she had allegedly made which her employer viewed as “hate speech”. It concerned refugees coming to Ireland and was, shall we… Continue reading The “hate speech”  Facebook post and the employer’s common mistake

Employers repeatedly making the same mistakes

It is incredible the extent to which you will see employers making the same mistakes repeatedly when dismissing an employee. I read about a case last week involving a dental clinic in Carlow which resulted in the employee being dismissed and being awarded €8,500, or thereabouts, for unfair dismissal. The employee was accused of “hate… Continue reading Employers repeatedly making the same mistakes

The curse of knowledge-a reminder from the Enoch Burke controversy

It’s an easy mistake to make. That is, assuming everyone else is aware of and knows something that you do. That everyone has a similar grasp of how something works, for example the legal system. It is only when a legal issue or controversy enters into the public domain and attracts a larger than usual… Continue reading The curse of knowledge-a reminder from the Enoch Burke controversy

Letting emotions influence legal disputes-avoid this mistake

When emotions detrimentally influence legal disputes and rows it is usually the employee who is too invested in the dispute to make cool, rational, sensible decisions concerning their issue or problem. Usually.  Occasionally, however, you come across an employer who is too emotionally invested to do the right thing. He or she will be an… Continue reading Letting emotions influence legal disputes-avoid this mistake