Legal Features

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.

Right of Way deadline to be removed by new legislation

30/09/2021 - The Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys TD, announced on 21 September 2021 that the Cabinet had approved the drafting and imminent introduction of legislation to remove the deadline of 30 November 2021 for parties to claim prescriptive easements or rights under 2009 legislative changes, amended in 2011.

The Residential Tenancies (No. 2) Act 2021

26/08/2021 - President Higgins signed the Residential Tenancies (No.2) Act 2021 (the “2021 Act”) into law on 9 July 2021. The 2021 Act extends the temporary protection put in place to protect tenants who have been financially impacted by Covid-19 in addition to more significant and longer-term changes to landlord and tenant law.

SCARP Bill passes through Oireachtas

29/07/2021 - The Companies (Rescue Process for Small and Micro Companies) Bill 2021 (Bill) detailing the government's proposed rescue process for small and micro companies (SCARP) has successfully passed through the Oireachtas and is expected to be signed into law shortly by the President. The legislation will be commenced at a future date by the Minister.

New stamp duty rate for bulk -purchases of residential properties

27/07/2021 - On 19 May 2021, the Irish legislature passed a financial resolution introducing a new stamp duty rate of 10% targeted at the “bulk buying” of certain residential units.

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