There have been significant developments in employment law in recent times resulting in fundamental and far–reaching implications for practitioners. The object of this seminar is to highlight such changes and to assess their practical importance in day to day practice.
The matters to be addressed at this Central Law Training seminar include the following:

Towards a more Equal Workplace: Catherine O’ Flynn

  • Bridging the Gap: Overview implications of the (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017
  • What are the proposed mandatory reporting obligations for organisations and what is the employee threshold?
  • What employers should do now to prepare for Irish gender pay gap reporting?
  • How will an employer balance the reporting obligations with privacy and data protection issues?
  • The potential for the use of raw data in subsequent gender discrimination claims
  • Consequences of non-compliance: reputational damage, sanctions and enforcement
  • The lessons learned from the results of the first UK gender pay gap reporting deadline
  • The Workplace Relations Commission Code of Practice on Retirement Management
  • Fixed-term contracts and retirement age
  • The scope of “reasonable accommodation” in the light of the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Nano Nagle School v Marie Daly
  • The new role for the employer in light of the judgment
  • The Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 and the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill (if enacted): new grounds of discrimination: “disadvantaged socio-economic status” and “mental health status”
  • How can employers prepare their workplaces to allow for different and diverse generations to work together in harmony?
Artificial Intelligence (AI):
  • The possible role of AI in helping to make the workplace more equal
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Maura Connolly
  • New National Survey on the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Dignity at Work Policies and Code of Practice
  • Sexual Harassment, diversity policies and relevant training
  • Harmless banter or sexual harassment: What is the difference?
  • What does consent mean?
  • Liability for sexual harassment outside the workplace and by customers or clients of the employer
  • Employer's vicarious liability: implications of Hickey v McGowan: Does the "close connection test" broaden the range of circumstances in which an employer may be liable for the actions of its employee?
  • Trends in recent case law
Tax Treatment of Settlements: Finola O Hanlon
  • Tax Exemption under Employee Protection Legislation
  • Tax on Redundancy Payments
  • Tax Free Termination Payment Options
  • Taxing the Taxable Element of a Termination Payment
  • Tax Treatment of Legal Fees
Managing Employment Law Disputes: Loughlin Deegan
  • Litigating in the Workplace Relations Commission: What every practitioner needs to know.
  • Time limits to bring claims.
  • Mediation in the WRC.
  • Adjudication: is the hearing in private or in public? Inquisitorial or adversarial?
  • Is evidence required to be provided on oath and is representation allowed?
  • What about examination and cross- examination of witnesses?
  • Attendance of witnesses.
  • Appeals and the enhanced jurisdiction of the Labour Court.
  • Can hearings at the adjudication stage and/or appeal stage be based on submissions alone?
  • Discovery, GDPR and dealing with data access requests
  • Implications of the Mediation Act, 2017 for employment law claims outside the Workplace Relations Commission such as breach of contract claims, injunctions, bullying and stress claims and gender discrimination claims