Employment law in Ireland is one of the most regulated areas of law, with new laws coming into force on a constant basis. We have a department of employment solicitors to help you and ensure that your employment rights are protected.
We represent both employers and employees.
For employers we offer an employment audit. Our employment lawyers have the expertise to review your current procedures and ensure all identified risks are addressed and minimised. A labour law audit is a useful process to take stock and develop best practice, policies and procedures.
Our aim is to work with you to produce employment documentation and procedures which will give you confidence in dealing with your employees. In particular, we will help you with:
- Contracts of employment and employee handbook
- Disciplinary and grievance procedure
- Privacy issues and internet/electronic policy
- Redundancy, rationalisation and reorganisation
- Industrial relations
- Bullying and harassment
- Sexual harassment
- Occupational stress
- Termination of employment
- Dismissal/unfair dismissal/constructive dismissal/wrongful dismissal
- Hiring procedures
We have extensive experience representing both employers and employees in the Employment Appeals Tribunal, Labour Relations Commission and before the Courts.
If your workplace becomes a stressful environment, life becomes very difficult.
We can help you deal with grievance/disciplinary procedures and challenge any dismissal from your employment (or redundancy if you feel that the redundancy was not genuine).
Please consult with us if you are:
- being made redundant;
- put on short-time working hours;
- having your wages reduced
These involve fundamental changes to your contract of employment and cannot be done without your agreement, unless it is specifically mentioned in your contract of employment.
We can advise you on how to deal with this if it arises. The choice may often be to accept the changes or face redundancy. We will help you explore all of your options so that your choice of action is based on the best possible advice.
We have represented many clients at the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court and before the Courts.
Helen Coughlan, who runs our employment law department, is a former member of the Employment Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland and has extensive experience in employment matters.