Recent news

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

Irish Republic: National Parliament passes the Protection of Trade Secrets Regulations

The Oireachtas (National Parliament) has now passed the European Union (Protection of Trade Secrets) Regulations 2018 …

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Irish Republic: Review of occupations lists for employment permits

The Economic Migration Policy Unit is currently reviewing the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List (HSEOL) and the Ineligible Categories of Employment List (ICEL) to determine what types of workers qualify for an employment permit …

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Irish Republic: Hourly minimum wage to be increased

With effect from January the 1st, 2019, hourly minimum wage will be increased from €9 …

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Irish Republic: Dismissal of “moonlighting” Luas driver deemed fair by WRC

“Moonlighting” constitutes a valid ground for dismissal, according to a recent ruling of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) …

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Irish Republic: Guide to employment, labour and equality law updated

The Workplace Relations Commission has published an updated version of its Guide to Employment, Labour and Equality Law …

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Irish Republic: New parents to get two weeks’ paid leave in this year’s budget

The government has announced in its latest Budget that it intends to introduce the right of both parents to each take shared paid parental leave for a period of two weeks after the baby is born …

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Irish Republic: Emailing outside of office hours

In virtually all private sector companies it is normal and essential for managers to contact colleagues outside normal hours to deal with urgent issues and it would be totally impractical to keep a central record of such interactions …

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Irish Republic: Online re-entry visa system to end September 3

Starting from September the 3rd, 2018, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will cease the online appointments service for applications for re-entry visas, with the exception of emergency re-entry visa online appointments …

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Irish Republic: To what extent must an employer seek to accommodate a disabled employee?

To what extent must an employer seek to accommodate a disabled employee?  This question has been raised several times in a series of escalating hearings that has now reached the Supreme Court …

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Irish Republic: Employment Bill goes to the Senate for further debate

After a detailed study by the University of Limerick and extensive consultation the lower house of the Irish Parliament (Dáil Éireann) has debated and approved a Bill that will largely ban the practice of “zero hours” and give more protection to workers on low pay who have uncertain working hours …

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Irish Republic: Cabinet approves gender pay gap Bill for employers

As we foresaw back in our March 1st newswire, the Irish Cabinet has now approved draft legislation to compel employers to publish data on their gender pay gaps …

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Irish Republic: High Court sets out 11 questions for ECJ on EU-US data transfers

The Irish High Court has referred 11 questions about international transfers of personal data to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) – including whether the existing “Privacy Shield” agreement is valid …

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Irish Republic: Resident director

Foreign companies that are registered in Ireland, but rely on a UK resident Director to satisfy the requirement for EEA residency of one Board Member must take steps to seek another Director in the rest of the EEA after Brexit …

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Irish Republic: Compulsory retirement ages

The Human Rights and Equality Commission has issued guidelines on the use of compulsory retirement ages …

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Irish Republic: Labour court examines constructive knowledge test for employers in case of discriminatory dismissal based on disability

A recent case before the Labour Court illustrates how employers are not automatically required to face a reversal of the burden of proof in disability cases …

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