Sandyford.com Legal Features

Whistle While You Work! Key Provisions of the New Whistleblowing Regime

04/03/2024 - When the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 was introduced almost a decade ago, organisations and practitioners believed that this would instigate a great deal of whistleblowing complaints by individuals.

A Balancing Act – Managing Rights under the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023

03/10/2023 - Significant new employment rights and obligations have been introduced by the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 ("Work Life Balance Act").

Unfair Dismissals Act 1977 Case : Lessons in Fairness and Proportionality

05/09/2023 - Unfair Dismissals Act 1977 A Workplace Relations Commission (“WRC”) Adjudicator has rejected an allegation of gross misconduct against a former [i]Abbott employee (“the Complainant”) and instead awarded compensation of €35,000 for a breach of the Unfair Dismissals Act...

European Parliament to vote on new draft of the Artificial Intelligence Act

27/07/2023 - The new draft is the work of the European Parliament's committees for Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) and for Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), and contains extensive amendments to the draft originally proposed by the European Commission back in April 2021.

The intersection between employment and ESG

24/05/2023 - While employment related matters are typically considered to fall within the social aspect of ESG, there are some issues that straddle both the social and governance elements of ESG.

The Human Touch: Employment Law and Artificial Intelligence

27/04/2023 - Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to develop and expand into everyday life. Many employers are interested in utilising AI to minimise overheads, increase automation and target client bases

The Data Governance Act

02/02/2023 - The Data Governance Act (DGA) is another prong in the European Union's (EU) strategy for data.

Menopause in the workplace

01/11/2022 - There has been an increased discussion around menopause, its impact on female employees and the workforce in recent years. Many of the symptoms linked to menopause can have a negative impact on an employee’s health which can impact on their productivity at work.

The Sick Leave Act 2022 was signed into law by the President on the 20 July 2022 and provides for statutory sick pay for the first time in Irish Law.

03/08/2022 - In this briefing we provide an update for employers on the provisions of the Act and what it will mean in practice.

Insurance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2022 passes through the Oireachtas

29/06/2022 - Seán Fleming TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance welcomes the passage of the Insurance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2022 through the Oireachtas.

The Data Act – "It's not personal, it's just business"

24/05/2022 - In February 2020 the European Commission published its strategies for the use of data and artificial intelligence. The objectives of its data strategy are to make the EU a “role model and leader for a society empowered by data”.

Key Takeaways: The Data Protection Commission’s Annual Report for 2021

17/05/2022 - The Data Protection Commission (“DPC”) recently published its 2021 Annual Report (the “Report”), marking the end of the third full calendar year of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

Navigating contentious annual general meetings

28/04/2022 - Annual General Meetings (AGMs) can be challenging as the shareholders of a company get to voice their concerns on how the business is being run.

Ireland Employment: Timing of Gender Pay Gap Reporting Obligations Confirmed

26/04/2022 - Regulations giving effect to the Gender Pay Gap (Information) Act 2021 ("Act") will be published in the coming weeks.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution : Levelling The Defamation Playing Field

29/03/2022 - Government moves closer to amending The Defamation Act 2009

The Corporate Enforcement Authority – A Milestone in Corporate Enforcement in Ireland

25/03/2022 - The Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Bill 2021 (Bill) is currently progressing through the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Data Protection Day Update 2022

11/02/2022 - The data protection developments of 2021 were unparalleled to any other year and paved the way for lively discussion amongst the media, businesses and consumers.

Legal considerations for parties undertaking retrofitting projects

11/02/2022 - On 8 February 2022, the Government announced a new National Home Energy Upgrade Scheme (the “Scheme”) which will provide increased grant levels of up to 50% of the cost of a typical deep retrofit to a B2 BER standard.

Ireland Launches Intellectual Property and Technology Court and Reforms IP Disputes Procedures

01/12/2021 - A new division of Ireland's Commercial Court dedicated to intellectual property cases and disputes about complex technology has been established under a revised Order 63A of the Rules of the Superior Courts (revised Rules).

Perjury is now a statutory offence: What impact has this for businesses?

30/11/2021 - The Criminal Justice (Perjury and Related Offences) Act 2021 (Act) came into operation on 28 July 2021.

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