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Pregnant – When should I tell my Employer?

When a woman becomes pregnant, it comes with many questions and potential challenges. However, if you are going for a new job the big question is, when interviewing, should you mention it and if so, when? Firstly, the Equality Acts 2004, are there to protect you and you are not obliged to inform a potential employer unless the job would require you to conduct work that could harm your baby or for film and...

What do they ask in a Pre employment Medical?

Worried about a pre-employment medical – here’s what they usually ask. Many employers request a pre employment medical. For many people this causes concern as they are unsure what is asked and therefore whether or not they will pass. An individual can have a pre employment medical conducted themselves by an Occupational Health Physician who can confirm if they are likely to pass or not and any areas...

Sample Whistle-Blower Policy

Protected Disclosures Act 2014 – What employers need to know The Government announced the commencement of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 (the Act) on 16th July 2014. This is a piece of legislation representing a new standard of international best practice for whistle-blowers in Ireland. There are requirements within the Act which employers need to adher to. This article highlights the most salient...

Are you sure your independent contractors cannot claim employee status?

  Independent contractors or employees? One of the many concerns for companies today is creating cost-effective worker relationships. Many look at creating engagements where the worker earns on a commission-only basis. Tied agents and contractual agreements are the norm within Financial Services for example. What many employers fail to understand is the very important distinction between an employee and an...

Extension of parental leave to 18 weeks from 8th March 2013 in Ireland

Extension of parental leave to 18 weeks The Parental Leave Act 1998, as amended by the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2006, allows parents in Ireland to take parental leave from employment in respect of certain children. A person acting in loco parentis with respect to an eligible child is also eligible. On 8 March 2013, Regulations giving effect to EU Directive 2010/18/EU on parental leave increased the amount of...

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