Employment Law &
HR News

Employment Law & HR News

Employment Law & HR News

Employment Law is constantly changing and emerging. As an employer you have an obligation to remain up to date with the latest legislative changes and HR news as it happens. Within this section you will find recent updates that you will need to be aware of. Further information on all aspects of HR and Employment Law is available for our members and can be found here or by accessing the ISME “GUIDE TO EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR SMEs”. Alternatively please contact our 24 hour helpline for further advice or information on 01-6622755 or by emailing info@isme.ie

Health and Safety

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen T.D. has signed the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2016. The regulations will come into effect from 1st November 2016.
These Regulations are aimed at ensuring employers are aware of their legal responsibilities in relation to the reporting of workplace accidents and dangerous occurrences to the Health and Safety Authority.
The Regulations clearly set out the type of accidents that should be reported to the HSA, in addition to providing clear guidance as to what type of incidents constitute “Dangerous Occurrences” for the purpose of reporting.

The Regulations can be found here.  For further information please call the office on 01-6622755 or email info@isme.ie

Posted: 3/8/2016

Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015

The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015 has modified the law on Collective Bargaining within the workplace.  While technically there remains no legal requirement to have Collective Bargaining arrangements in place within the workplace, this Act has provided a mechanism whereby disputes relating to employee Terms and Conditions can be referred to the Labour Court for investigation and a legally binding outcome, where it is shown that the employer does not engage in collective bargaining with a trade union or an excepted body. 

While this technically does not provide for compulsory Union Recognition or forced Collective Bargaining it certainly affords additional powers to Trade Unions to influence employee terms and conditions in non-unionised environments.

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Posted: 27/07/2016

Paternity Leave Bill

The Paternity Leave Bill has passed through the Dáil with a number of small amendments.  The Bill was amended to take into account male sex couples who adopt.  In addition, an amendment was included to prohibit the threat of penalisation against those who intended to exercise their right to take paternity leave.  The commencement of paternity leave is now expected to be 1st September 2016 as opposed to 30th September resulting in approximately 6,000 additional people being able to benefit from the provision.

The Bill now passes to the Seanad.

If you require any further information please call the office on 01-6622755 or contact info@isme.ie

Posted: 22/07/2016

Spent Convictions Act

The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 is a new piece of legislation that significantly limits the use of self-declaration questionnaires when screening prospective employee backgrounds for Criminal Offences.

This act provides for certain minor convictions to become “spent” after 7 years, and states that spent convictions need not be disclosed to potential employers, even when the question of criminal convictions is specifically asked.  There will be no recourse for employers to take action where a spent conviction is later exposed.

The Act however, somewhat limits what can be considered a Spent Conviction.  Any conviction for a Sexual Offence, any offence tried in the Central Criminal Court or any offence that results in a Prison Sentence of longer than 12 months will not be treated as a Spent Conviction and therefore must be disclosed if requested.

Likewise the act applies to one conviction only.  Any prospective employee with more than one criminal offence will not have their convictions considered spent.

If you require any further information please call the office on 01-6622755 or contact info@isme.ie

Posted: 23/06/2016