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Ireland

Contributed by Lewis Silkin
Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme introduced
  • Ireland
  • 01 April 2020

The government has introduced the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme to incentivise employers to retain employees on the payroll where possible (replacing the emergency COVID-19 Employer Refund Scheme). This article outlines the implications for employers.

Coronavirus: what employers need to know
  • Ireland
  • 18 March 2020

Numerous employment law concerns have arisen due to the current coronavirus outbreak. From staff who are advised to self-isolate to those who are concerned about the risk of coronavirus and reluctant to come into work, employers have a lot to consider. This article sets out guidance for employers on the implications that coronavirus could have for their business.

Disability case: Supreme Court clarifies extent of employers' duty to provide reasonable accommodation
  • Ireland
  • 13 November 2019

A recent Supreme Court decision clarifies the legal principles to be applied to the question of which measures of reasonable accommodation an employer should consider to enable disabled employees to participate in the workforce. While the decision provides welcome guidance on the applicable principles, employers must consider that what constitutes 'reasonable accommodation' will depend on the facts, guided by the reasonableness and proportionality of any appropriate measures proposed.


United Kingdom

Contributed by Lewis Silkin
IR35 reforms postponed due to coronavirus
  • United Kingdom
  • 01 April 2020

The government has announced that the planned reforms to IR35 will now take effect on 6 April 2021 instead of 6 April 2020 as previously planned. The postponement will come as an enormous relief to businesses that were struggling to prepare for this significant change to employment tax while dealing with the issues introduced by the fast-changing coronavirus situation. However, this is clearly a deferral of the reforms rather than an abandonment.

Dismissal unfair where decision maker was not given accurate information
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 March 2020

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that an employee's dismissal for gross misconduct was unfair because the investigating officer failed to share significant new information with the manager who conducted the disciplinary hearing and decided to dismiss the employee. The case highlights the importance of employers undertaking thorough investigations into disciplinary-related allegations before making a final decision.

Coronavirus: key issues for employers
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 March 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has brought to the fore numerous employment law concerns, including questions about travel, health and safety, work attendance and discrimination claim risks. This article examines what employers in the United Kingdom need to know about the outbreak.

Failing to enhance pay for shared parental leave is not sex discrimination – permission to appeal refused
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 March 2020

The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal in Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police v Hextall. This means that the law remains as set out in the Court of Appeal's judgment, which stated that failure to enhance pay for shared parental leave was neither indirect discrimination nor a breach of equal pay rights.

Fawcett Society promotes new Equal Pay Bill
  • United Kingdom
  • 04 March 2020

The Fawcett Society is backing a private member's bill which aims to tackle unequal pay between men and women by introducing a new 'right to know' what male comparators are paid. The aim is to provide women who are not being paid equally to male comparators a route to get the information that they need. The bill also proposes to change the gender pay gap reporting process.


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