Did you know the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA)
carried out 14,000 inspections in 2007. There were 2,344
breaches of employment legislation detected. The NERA recovered €2.5m
in arrears for workers.
There are now 82 NERA Inspectors. An additional eight
Inspectors with Eastern European language skills will be joining
them in the coming months.The key role of the NERA is to
ensure that employers are compliant with all aspects of an employee's
know the Christmas office party is an extension of the workplace?
Many employers approach the Christmas party with fear and trepidation as
they wrestle with the legal implications.
The easy option is to cancel the Christmas party but this has
significant follow on effects on morale. However with a little
planning and sensible organisation you can overcome this potential
minefield. Set boundaries from the start and remind staff that the party
is work related and an extension of the work place.
Constructive Dismissal arises when an employee terminates his
or her contract of employment because of the behavior
of the employer.Generally any dismissal is presumed to be
unfair unless the employer can show substantial grounds
to justify it.
Recently in the UK an employee was awarded approximately €1.2
million for bullying in the workplace. It is not
inconceivable that the same could happen in Ireland.