Today is day 2 of a WRC hearing I am involved in, the first day having taken place back in June 2023. It is possible that it will go for a further day after day but I certainly hope not. I am beginning to consider carefully the wisdom and cost effectiveness of me personally running… Continue reading Attending WRC hearings in person-a rethink is in order?
A chap contacted me yesterday and he was seeking some advice for going to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). He was representing himself and had no idea whatsoever what to expect. When I thought about it the best advice I could give him was to ensure he was able to explain his case, the basis… Continue reading Advice for going to the WRC in 3 minutes
I republished an old video of mine about the right to be paid a Sunday premium for working on Sunday a few days ago. A commenter commented “isn’t that law in force for years?” I agreed that it was as it is provided for in the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 but it was… Continue reading Jack & Jones ordered to stop blanket ban on a legal entitlement for employees
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
I was recently involved in an employment case which we brought to the Workplace Relations Commission on behalf of a client. It was a claim for unfair dismissal, and it was clear that the case would be determined by one fact: did the employer terminate the employment or did the employee resign? It was equally… Continue reading Identifying the net issue
If you are going to engage the services of a solicitor in a legal dispute-for example an employment matter which will be dealt with by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)-make sure you give your solicitor all the facts. Good and bad. Full and complete instructions. Before the hearing. Preferably long before the hearing. The time… Continue reading Instructing a solicitor? Give him/her the full and complete story
It happens quite often when you are representing an employee at a WRC hearing that the employer, who is your opponent, is represented by one of the leading law firms in the State. Call them ‘top 5’ or ‘top 10’ or give them a less complimentary designation such as ‘big swinging dick firms’, it is… Continue reading Holding your nerve when the mammoth submission lands
I am off to my first physical WRC hearing in something like three years today. Since Covid 19 struck the island of Ireland all the WRC hearings have been virtual and online. Leaving the office for a half or full day is a bit of a pain, to be honest. The hearing is in Carlow… Continue reading First physical WRC hearing since Covid 19 struck
When making a submission to a tribunal-for example the Workplace Relations Commission-or court keep the following in mind: Your opening paragraph should be a summary of your position, and you should know it by heart. Rehearse it. Then give a structure for the detail you are going to provide. This is like a map for… Continue reading Making a submission to a tribunal or court
It looked like a straightforward unfair dismissal case. But today is the 3rd day of the WRC hearing. When you quote a person for your services for a WRC claim you do your best to give a competitive quotation. Some work out, some don’t. When a case goes on for three days, and you commit… Continue reading Day 3 of the WRC hearing-is this the best system for employment claims?