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…the longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up and hope and history rhyme

A tribute to our late lamented laureate, Seamus Heaney Died August 30th 2013  From ‘The Cure at Troy’   Human beings suffer, They torture one another, They get hurt and get hard. No poem or play or song Can fully … Continue reading

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Mediation in the Workplace; Are we going backwards?

We expect to have a Mediation Bill next year which will transform dispute resolution in the civil and commercial sector. And yet, we appear to be going backwards in relation to mediation in workplace and employment rights disputes. For more on … Continue reading

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Legislation introduced to US Senate banning pre-dispute arbitration clauses

This is news that may sound strange to Irish arbitration practitioners and the wider ADR community. The Arbitration Fairness Act (S. 878/H.R. 1844) was introduced by Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Hank Johnson and would only permit arbitration that is … Continue reading

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The Workplace Investigation and the Law Part 3

(In this piece I will discuss cases which stray beyond the ‘pure’ investigation, please see earlier posts for full paper) A second, and related point is that, in my submission (and despite the comfort that may be found in the … Continue reading

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The Workplace Investigation and the Law. Part 2

While avoiding unnecessary scrutiny by the High Court is a prudent consideration for any of us, this is not a defensive exercise only. We should seek to go beyond that thinking and move towards developing a best practise model that … Continue reading

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The Workplace Investigation and the Law Part 1

Paper delivered to a conference organised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Irish Association of Women Lawyers, Arbitral Women and the Law Society on Conflict Resolution: Celebrating Women as ADR Leaders The bungled workplace investigation ‐ a look at … Continue reading

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The Tweets you may have missed!

A selection of my contributions on Twitter in the last week. The world in 140 characters! You can follow me @workplacesols UK Government has issued details of plans for mandatory pre-claim conciliation for employment tribunals; a sensible idea. Mediation works! … Continue reading

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New regulations grant additional parental leave

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter, T.D., has introduced regulations extending parental leave from 14 weeks to 18 weeks (with effect from 8 March 2013). The changes give effect to EU Council Directive 2010/18/EU of 8 March … Continue reading

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The Irish workplace..seen from the Irish Times

Interesting series of articles in Irish Times, which ran from January 11th on the future of the workplace. One of my main interests was the article on the impact of HR on unions; the headline on the article proclaiming that … Continue reading

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Wearing ‘Faith symbols’ at work. ECHR decision; has anything changed?

There has been a lot of attention given to the decision in the case of Eweida & Ors v The United Kingdom at the European Court of Human Rights. Incidentally, note that this is NOT the Court of Justice of … Continue reading

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