Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Irish Republic as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Irish Republic: Company ordered to pay €41k to woman whose role ‘contracted’ after maternity leave

An adjudication officer of the Workplace Relations Commission has awarded a senior HR manager 6 months’ salary (€41,370) for distress arising from discrimination …

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Irish Republic: Immigration and employment permits during COVID-19

Foreign nationals with a valid immigration permit that expires between 20th May and 20th July 2020 will have the permit automatically renewed for a period of 2 months …

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Irish Republic: Minister Donohoe announces extension of Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme until end August

The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) has now been extended until at least the end of August 2020 …

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Irish Republic: Government considering extra bank holiday to kickstart economy

Following the lead of New Zealand, the Tourism Minister, Brendan Griffin, has announced that the government is planning to announce a one-off special public (called “bank”) holiday once when “the lockdown has been finally lifted” …

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Irish Republic: Further automatic extension for residence permissions

Foreign nationals, with valid immigration permits that expire between the 20th of May and the 20th of July 2020, will have their permits automatically renewed for two more months …

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Irish Republic: Government to relax some restrictions

Although the lockdown period has been extended, there is now a plan to reduce restrictions in five phases, starting on the 18th of May …

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Irish Republic: Working from home due to coronavirus? Irish employees could be due tax relief

When an employee works regularly at home (rather than sometimes taking work home) their employer may pay them a small tax-free sum to cover electricity and associate costs …

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Irish Republic: List of essential service providers under new public health guidelines

The government has ordered that all businesses should suspend operations, or employees work for home, except for a list of what it calls essential “service providers” …

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Irish Republic: RTÉ to pay €100,000 to compulsorily retired ex-employee

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has ordered RTÉ to pay €100,000 (US$113,108) to a former senior producer for age-related discrimination, after forcing her to retire at 65 …

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Irish Republic: Special unemployment benefits

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has introduced a simplified system for the payment of special unemployment benefits for anyone whose employer is unable to pay them (or pay them in full) because their business has been hit by the pandemic …

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Irish Republic: Aldi introduces €12.30 per hour Living Wage rate

All store assistants working for the supermarket chain Aldi, are now receiving an increased minimum gross hourly wage rate of €12 …

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Irish Republic: Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2019 came into force

Ireland’s Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2019 came into force last month …

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Irish Republic: Lidl Ireland commits to paying staff latest living wage increase

Lidl Ireland has promised to pay its employees at least the latest “Living Wage” hourly rate of €12 …

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Irish Republic: Supreme Court clarifies the right to legal representation

There has remained some legal uncertainty about whether an employee could be represented by a solicitor in an internal company investigation …

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Irish Republic: Enhanced benefits for employees

The Government has now published its Parental Leave and Benefit Bill …

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