ESG / Employment Practices
Our Employment, Pensions and Benefits Group was established more than twenty years ago in recognition of the increasing complexity and development of the law in the employment, equality and pensions areas, and the demands from clients for specialist advice. We provide legal advice on all aspects of the employment relationship, including pension schemes and employee benefits, with particular expertise in advising employers in the tech, financial services and pharma sectors, amongst others. Our work can be broken down into advisory, employment litigation and transaction planning and support. We advise on all Irish and European legislation relating to or affecting the employment relationship and pensions / benefits entitlements. Our employment and pensions practice has developed into one of the largest and leading such groups in any law firm in Ireland. It is best known as the first port of call for international employers in the Irish market and for consistently being the first firm to advise on complex new areas of employment law as they emerge, such as the proposed Senior Executive Accountability Regime and on Brexit relocation projects.
Over the past number of years, our employment and pensions practice working closely with our Corporate and Commercial Department, have been advising our clients on employment practices and policies to support their ESG strategies and policies. As ESG has grown as a priority issue for our international clients in recent years, our employment specialists have been increasingly advising on the employment and labour aspects of these issues, including speaking at international conferences to US audiences on the practical application.
A selection of our more recent ESG related experience is set out below:
- Advising a number of clients on updating their employment policies to ensure best practice and compliance with their ESG strategies, by incorporating ESG issues into employers’ standards and codes of conduct.
- Advising clients on their supply chain terms and conditions to ensure compliance by their suppliers and customers with the client’s employment practices, including labour practices, human rights and ethics policies.
- Advising a number of clients on the employment aspects of implementing and enforcing their Anti-Bribery and Corruption and Sanctions policies to ensure compliance with domestic and international legislation and guidance as well as their ESG strategies.