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How can an employee stop an employer from dismissing them under Irish whistleblowing legislation?

AUTHOR(S): Bryan Dunne, Brian Buggy, Deirdre Cummins, Niall Pelly
PRACTICE AREA GROUP: Employment, Pensions and Benefits
DATE: 25.10.2016

In the latest episode of the Matheson Employment Law Podcast Series, Bryan Dunne reviews the first successful application under the Irish whistleblowing legislation for an interim relief order. This is essentially an order to stop an employer from implementing a dismissal where it is alleged the dismissal is connected to the protected disclosure. This is the first time a Court has actually granted such an order, so it is a very significant development in the evolution of this legislation. It is expected that following the media attention around this order, highlighting just how effective they can be in severance negotiations, that there will be a change in employees’ attitudes to the use of this legislation. Since this recording, in recent days the first penalisation decision under this legislation has also now been handed down, which will be covered in the next podcast.

The review also considers the new paternity leave legislation, which came into effect last month, and the introduction of the new posted workers regulations, which requires foreign employees to register with the Workplace Relations Commission.

Listen to the podcast to find out the facts, key outcomes from the case and what this means for you as representatives of large employers in Ireland.  You can also access earlier episodes going back to 2013 here.

The podcasts are also available to download on iTunes and Soundcloud. The decision is not yet reported, so we are not able to provide a copy of the case this month.

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The Irish Employment Law Podcast Series is produced by Bryan Dunne, Head of Employment at Matheson. In the series he discusses the latest developments in employment law. The podcasts are a key resource in keeping up to date for HR practitioners, employment lawyers and international employers with employees in Ireland.

Disclaimer: These podcasts present an overview of the cases and law and do not constitute legal advice. How the law will apply in any particular case will depend on the individual circumstances. Listeners should seek legal advice if any of the matters discussed are relevant to them.  

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