3 employment disputes-fear and ignorance may determine the outcome

I am involved in three different employment disputes at the moment. I represent the employee in two of them and the employer in one. Two of the employees in these three disputes are wildly overvaluing the strength of their position. And the employer is showing signs of being freaked out by the demand of one… Continue reading 3 employment disputes-fear and ignorance may determine the outcome

Tempering client expectations in employment disputes

One of my responsibilities when representing an employee in an employment claim is the tempering of my client’s expectations. I must tell him/her that in any dispute, contest or litigation there is always a chance of winning and a chance of losing. Because there are always at least two sides to the story. And I… Continue reading Tempering client expectations in employment disputes

Legal costs at the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court

I read at the weekend that Ammi Burke’s legal costs bill in respect of her failed High Court action against Arthur Cox Solicitors and the WRC could be in the region of €250,000. I do not know how accurate this figure is but it struck me that it was entirely avoidable if Ms Burke was… Continue reading Legal costs at the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court

I made a surprising discovery on Ebay yesterday

I discovered yesterday, by accident, that there are guys on Ebay selling my book “Employment Law in Ireland” for €45. But the new price of the paperback on Amazon.co.uk is only £25. This converts to around €29. A few questions arise: When I thought about this further, I was kind of thrilled. For it indicates… Continue reading I made a surprising discovery on Ebay yesterday

“Nuisance” employment claims

I meet employers on a regular basis who are faced with what they believe are frivolous, unfounded, “nuisance” employment claims at the Workplace Relations Commission. Merely because an employer believes a claim has no merit does not mean that that’s the case. However, in my experience a small number of claims are not well founded… Continue reading “Nuisance” employment claims

Insolvent employers and redundancy payments

I have three cases, at the moment, of my employee clients being entitled to a redundancy payment, as found by the Workplace Relations Commission, but where the employer is insolvent or unable to pay. We will have to pursue these payments through the fund which is administered by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, Trade and… Continue reading Insolvent employers and redundancy payments

“Bizarre…she probably couldn’t even lift it”

This comment from Christine, on TikTok, in response to my video about a woman who was excluded from the possibility of getting a job she applied for because she was a woman illustrates why you should be thankful for the law. And especially laws around discrimination. The whole point of this discrimination case, and the… Continue reading “Bizarre…she probably couldn’t even lift it”

“I’m not a waitress” finance manager loses discrimination case

A finance manager who was asked by the Chief Executive to get more wine at a company dinner, and responded with “I’m not a waitress”, has lost her claim for constructive dismissal and discrimination. The adjudicator at the Workplace Relations Commission held that the Chief Executive’s request was made because she was the one who… Continue reading “I’m not a waitress” finance manager loses discrimination case

An avoidable mistake with performance improvement plans

A mistake I see quite frequently with employees who have been placed on a performance improvement plan with their employer is their inability to see the big picture and where the plan is headed. This is often apparent coming towards the end of the process. Often the plan will be passed successfully, and the employee… Continue reading An avoidable mistake with performance improvement plans