Employment Equality Law in Ireland Update 2020

Employment Equality Law in Ireland Update 2020

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This is Ireland’s only event with a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of employment equality law developments.

So much has happened in the field of employment equality law since our last review (honestly, this last year has not only been about Covid-19) and we focus on the key areas of employment equality developments that will impact in Ireland, such as:

  • CJEU and Irish Case Law Developments, with Marguerite Bolger SC and Loughlin Deegan – cases and other employment equality developments from home and abroad in the last year relevant to Ireland’s workplaces
  • Challenging Everyday Racism. David Stephenson BL of Doughty Chambers, London and Manchester, helps you understand the ‘Psychology of Race’ and Unconscious Bias in Discrimination Cases
  • Workplace Sexual Harassment in Ireland. Kiwana Ennis BL sets out why four out of five workers experiencing sexual harassment at work in Ireland do not report the incident to their employer
  • Equality Implications of Covid-19 Part 1: The Unequal Impact of Coronavirus. Clíona Kimber SC interprets the equality impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Ireland
  • Equality Implications of Covid-19 Part 2: Discrimination by Association – The Latest Equality Battleground in the New Normal. Clíona Kimber SC, explains why, in the light of lockdown, homeworking options and the risks to health from Covid-19, claims of associated discrimination are likely to rise
  • Equality Implications of Covid-19 Part 3: Mental Health and Employment and the Role of Disability Discrimination Law. Cathal McGreal BL sets out how the law has developed over the years and how the impact of Covid-19 is likely to shine a spotlight on this sensitive area

If you value employment equality law or advise on same, this is an essential CPD learning opportunity.

Join our speakers, including two Senior Counsel, three leading Junior Counsel, and a senior employment partner at Ireland’s only employment equality law update for experienced legal and HR practitioners.

Why is this event important for YOU?

As an employment law practitioner, other representative at hearings or seasoned HR professional you have to keep up to date with developments in this area if you are to defend or pursue cases successfully. You need to know what has changed in order to give the latest, practical and correct advice.

Speakers will concentrate on important case law and useful arguments; the ratio and how these decisions impact on existing law. They will also provide detailed notes, practical templates and advice to all delegates.

After attending you will:

  • Know the latest developments in employment equality laws affecting Irish workplaces.
  • Be able to advise on these developments and have detailed reference notes.
  • Have networked with equality experts and peers with a serious interest in employment equality laws – previous years have seen several Adjudication Officers and Labour Court Chairs at this event, alongside many lawyers, other representatives and senior HR practitioners.

More value from this event

This event comes with a full and comprehensive set of up to the minute notes for future reference, including analysis of relevant case law published in the month prior to this event. Delegates will also be able to access recordings of all sessions when made available after the event for 10 working days.

Course overview/outline programme

  • Chair: Bernadette Treanor, Managing Consultant, Beo Solutions, and former Equality Officer

Day 1: 21st Oct:

  • Irish Employment Equality Case Law Review 2020:Marguerite Bolger SC
  • Challenging Everyday Racism: David Stephenson BL, Doughty Chambers
  • Workplace Sexual Harassment in Ireland: Kiwana Ennis BL

Day 2: 22nd Oct:

  • International Developments 2020: Michelle Ní Longáin, Employment Law Partner, ByrneWallace
  • Mental Health and the Law: Cathal McGreal BL
  • The Equality Impact of Covid-19: Clíona Kimber SC
  • Associated Discrimination: Clíona Kimber SC

Who is it for?

This course is designed with experienced employment law practitioners, in-house lawyers and HR professionals in mind. NOTE: Speakers on this course are asked to assume that delegates have a reasonably sound knowledge of employment equality law. This event is not suitable for beginners in this field.


Standard Rate: €425
Multi-booking discount:
if you have more than one attendee to this event, please contact vanessa@legal-island.com to avail of €30 discount per attendee.



"Expert speakers pitched at the right level."
Norah Mason, Assistant National Director of HR - Employee Relations, Health Service Executive

"What I liked most about the event was the general overview of current issues/cases involving this topic. Overall a very good event."
Caroline Browne, Managing Director, HRP Group

"It is a comprehensive update in the area of employment equality law in Ireland delivered by the industries experts."
Olivia Hande, Workplace Investigator, Beo Solutions

"[I liked] the expertise of the speakers and legal notes."
Marian Jennings, TU Dublin

"This was a fantastic event, really worthwhile and it evoked very interesting debate and thought both during and after the course. The materials provided were excellent."
Laura Corrigan, Solicitor, Vhi Healthcare

"Very impressed by all the speakers and the quality of the papers, exceeded expectations. Thank you!"
Alice Duffy, Matheson, Associate Solicitor

"Great summary of the year's events. I really liked the exchange of views between expert practitioners it felt like being at a masterclass - 5/5 stars!"
Orlaith Mannion, Equality Tribunal, Equality Officer

"Excellent - the presentations were of a very high standard and greatly assisted with level of expertise from the Equality Officers in the room."
Pat Brady, Workplace Solutions, Director


  • Bernadette Treanor
    Bernadette Treanor Founder
    Beo Solutions

    Bernadette Treanor is the founder of Beo Solutions, an employee relations and engagement consultancy which provides best practice expert leadership and impartial organisational support in the areas of employee relations, employee engagement, workplace investigations, disciplinary hearings and mediation. 

    An expert in equality law, Bernadette provides Equality reviews and assessments, including assessments of cases being prepared. She is a Committee member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland (ELAI) and CIPD member. She reviews equality Decisions issued by the Equality Tribunal for Legal Island monthly and chairs its annual Equality Conference aimed at equality practitioners.

  • Marguerite Bolger SC
    Marguerite Bolger SC Senior Counsel

    Marguerite Bolger is a Senior Counsel specialising in employment law and has appeared in many of the key employment cases before the Irish and European courts. 

  • David Stephenson BL
    David Stephenson BL
    Doughty Street Chambers

    David practises principally in the fields of employment and discrimination law and has a proven track record of dealing with complex employment litigation. He has been recommended by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as a leading Junior since 2014/15 and was nominated for Employment Junior of the Year in the 2017 Chambers UK Bar Awards.

    He is regularly instructed in high-value multi-day cases dealing with complex and intricate issues of fact and law. He has developed a broad practice covering all aspects of discrimination in the employment and non-employment fields.

  • Kiwana Ennis BL
    Kiwana Ennis BL

    Kiwana Ennis graduated from UCD in 1998 before completing her Barrister-at-Law degree at the Honourable Society of Kings Inns. She was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2000. She specialises in employment and equality law and, as an experienced practitioner, has been involved in all aspects of advising and representing clients at various stages of the litigation process. She appears regularly before the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court, and the civil courts acting for both employer and employee and has been involved in cases concerning both the private and public sector. She has also been engaged periodically to act as an independent investigator in workplace investigations.

  • Clíona Kimber SC
    Clíona Kimber SC Senior Counsel

    Cliona Kimber spent 15 years as a specialist barrister and litigator in employment and equality law before becoming Senior Counsel in 2016. She published a number of books including Sex Equality Law (2000), Employment Equality Law (2014) and Disability Discrimination Law (1993). Prior to this, Ms. Kimber was editor of the Irish Employment Law Journal for 10 years and of the Employment Law Reports. She is also on the Committee of the Employment Bar Association of Ireland.

  • Cathal McGreal BL
    Cathal McGreal BL

    Cathal McGreal BL is a graduate of UCD and the Honourable Society of Kings Inns with post graduate work in labour law and human rights (B.L. B.C.L. (Eurolegal) 1998). He is a practising barrister specialising in criminal law and employment law. He is a published author in both fields. He has represented public and private sector (individual and corporate) clients at every level of the courts and tribunal system. A lecturer at UCD, he also lectures widely on the conference circuit on current law and practice. 

  • Loughlin Deegan
    Loughlin Deegan Partner

    Loughlin is a Partner in the ByrneWallace Employment team. He is chairperson of the Employment and Equality Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland.

    Loughlin represents and advises clients across the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. He has advised and represented a significant number of major Irish public sector employers, in addition to major Irish and multi-national companies, particularly those in the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors. Loughlin has also acted in contentious employment matters; industrial disputes and pensions restructuring.

Event details


9.00 – 12.45, 21 Oct & 9.15 – 1.00, 22 Oct 2020


21 October 2020