Employment Law in the Public Sector
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This year, in our annual update on employment laws in Ireland’s public sector with the award winning Employment Team at ByrneWallace LLP, we focus on key areas of development in 2021 and beyond, which will be of particular importance to public sector and semi-state bodies.
We have experts from ByrneWallace LLP providing legal updates on various areas of interest, and a panel discussion with ByrneWallace LLP and senior public sector HR experts to discuss the practicalities of remote working in the public sector.
Why is this event important for YOU?
Public sector employers are working within a very regulated environment. They have various employment-related risks to contend with. The public sector must also comply in full with best practice and other legal obligations. They are subject to a higher level of scrutiny by the Courts by way of judicial review and by the WRC in employment and industrial relations claims. They also have additional obligations to persons with disabilities. The Government has also announced additional obligations on public sector employers related to the national remote working strategy.
This is a time of change for the public sector, and requires HR managers to stay up to date with employment law developments, and ensure that procedures and practices are fit for purpose. This, in turn, will reduce the risk of claims, awards and reputational damage.
This event is specifically designed with public sector organisations in mind.
Recognised nationally and internationally as a top tier Irish law firm, ByrneWallace LLP are one of Ireland’s leading advisors to the public sector, advising many government departments, semi-state and public sector bodies, universities and regulatory bodies. The firm has detailed knowledge of the structures, cultures, concerns and needs of those in public service, and in recognition of the firm’s excellence in advising this sector, ByrneWallace LLP was awarded “Public Sector Law firm of the Year” by Public Sector Magazine in 2020 for the fourth consecutive year.
The ByrneWallace LLP team will also be joined by senior public sector HR experts to discuss the practicalities of remote working in the public sector.
After attending you will:
- Understand your obligations in relation new Codes of Practice on Workplace Bullying and the Right to Disconnect from Work
- Gain an understanding of the Government’s remote working strategy, where at least 20% of public workers will be expected to work remotely by the end of 2021
- Understand what to do in relation to the vaccine roll-out and employees who refuse to comply, along with other covid-related case law developments
- Understand how the latest developments in WRC hearings and how these might affect you and your witnesses
- Michelle Ní Longáin, Partner, ByrneWallace LLP
- Emmet Whelan, Partner, ByrneWallace LLP
- Louise McGirr, Head of HR Policy, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
- Anne Marie Hoey, National Director Human Resources, Health Service Executive
- Further speakers TBC
When & Where?
This event will take place online on the Newrow platform between 9.20am and 1.00pm on the 27 May 2021.
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"The event was very good; it went through the topics in great detail. The presenters were excellent."
Gillian Mathews, HEO, Health & Safety Authority
"Great speakers. Got good insight into current and new legislation."
Jean Murray, HR Manager, Property Registration Authority
"I was very impressed with both the speakers and the content."
Maria McNulty, Higher Executive Officer, Human Resources, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
"The presenters were excellent, very clear and I found the leaning content excellent and relevant."
Cathy Fennell, HR Generalist, Irish Blood Transfusion Service
Michelle Ní Longáin Partner & Head of the Public Sector Group
Michelle is a partner in the Employment Department of ByrneWallace LLP and is the firm's Compliance Partner. She is also Head of the firm’s Public Sector Group. She has extensive experience in employment, equality and administrative law. Michelle qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland, practising there in employment and equality law from 1994 before moving to England and Wales in 1996 and returning to Ireland in 1999 when she joined the firm. Michelle advises public and private sector clients, primarily employers, on complex areas of employment, equality and administrative law.
Emmet Whelan Partner
Emmet Whelan is a Partner in the ByrneWallace Employment team. With over ten years’ employment law experience, Emmet advises on all aspects of employment law and in particular specialises in contentious employment matters and employee benefits. Clients include senior executives and large public and private sector employers.
Louise McGirr Head of HR Policy
Department of Public Expenditure & Reform
Responsible at Principal level for a range of civil service employee relations policies including discipline, grievance, and bullying and harassment; leave policy including the Public Service Sick Leave scheme; performance management including probation. Equality and diversity and inclusion policies and associated remote and flexible working arrangements. Responsible for the Civil Service Employee Assistance Service, which offers a quality resource and support service for all staff which positively affects individual health and wellbeing and organisation effectiveness.
Anne Marie Hoey National Director of Human Resources
Health Service Executive
Anne Marie is National Director of Human Resources in the Health Service Executive.