Posted on 15 July 2014
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has announced today the commencement of the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014.
We previously wrote about this piece of legislation when it was in Bill format in February. Read article here
One of the most striking features of the Act is the maximum award of five years' remuneration for dismissal on grounds of having made a protected disclosure. It is important that employers ensure they are “whistleblowing ready” in facilitating employees to whistleblow internally, and that they have the policies and procedures to enable this.
For further information on this topic please contact:
Tríona Sugrue, Associate, E firstname.lastname@example.org
or Maura Connolly, Partner, E email@example.com
Employment & Employee Benefits Group
Posted on 9 July 2014
The Government has announced (8th July 2014) its intention to completely overhaul the system by which workplace disputes are adjudicated upon.
These proposals which have been the subject of extensive consultation with interested parties will reform and streamline the existing adjudication system. Replacing five separate bodies with one first instance adjudicator, the Workplace Relations Commission and an appellate body, the Labour Court is intended to shorten waiting times, encourage early resolution of workplace disputes and eliminate “forum shopping” where the same set of events can lead to a multiplicity of claims. It is widely recognised that the current system with delays of up to 2 years in having claims heard is not in the best interests of either the aggrieved employee or the employer. While there have been some concerns raised through the consultation process about the make-up, qualification and proposed processes of the Workplace Relations Commission, it is universally accepted that change is required. The legislation is expected to be adopted before year end 2014 with the new systems to be in operation in 2015.
Read more at www.djei.ie