Employment Laws in the Public Sector
This Employment Laws in the Public Sector event is in association with ByrneWallace.
Ireland’s public sector faces particular challenges in 2019. How has Iarnród Éireann v McKelvey changed investigations in the workplace? Has Lyons v Longford Westmeath ETB effectively been overturned? What are the employee’s rights in relation to legal representation and the right to cross-examine witnesses and why might those rights still be relevant to public sector employers?
Gender pay gap reporting is getting closer and will be huge areas of risk for public sector employers this year. How might you avoid being the public sector department with the worst GPG in Ireland? How will you attract female employees with that statistic on your website? More importantly, perhaps, what actions can lawfully be taken now to get your department/organisation into a better position before the legislation is commenced?
In the light of the Nano Nagle case under appeal to the Supreme Court, to what extent might roles undertaken by other employees need to be redesigned to accommodate prospective employees, or existing employees with a disability?
And don’t forget probation – We consider the more complicated issue of assessing the performance of newly promoted employees, and we consider whether in cases other than the Civil Service (where such is provided for in law) newly promoted employees might legitimately be subject to some form of probationary process.
Why is this event important for YOU?
These employment-related risks are real.
- Do you know where to draw the line on an employee’s right to cross-examine their accuser or be legally represented at disciplinary investigations or hearings? What should your response now be in the light of McKelvey?
- With increased recruitment activity across the Public Service we discuss the importance of the probationary process in managing the performance of newly hired employees. And if it goes wrong? We set out what needs to be included in a Performance Improvement Plan.
- Do you know how to calculate the gender pay gap between male and female employees, or what actions you can take now to reduce your gender pay gap before reporting becomes mandatory?
- At the time of writing the Nano Nagle case is under appeal to the Supreme Court. We express a view on what now are the obligations on employers.
There is a fine line between getting things right and getting things wrong and the experts from the ByrneWallace Employment Team explain the pitfalls that await and guide you along the correct path to follow.
After attending you will:
- Understand when it is a legal requirement that you may have to permit employees the right to cross-examine witnesses and be legally represented at various stages of disciplinary and grievance processes
- Understand how to conduct an employment equality audit for gender pay gap purposes
- Understand the extent to which roles undertaken by other employees may need to be redesigned to accommodate prospective employees or existing employees with a disability.
- Understand the Civil Service Management of Underperformance Policy and what should be included in a Performance Improvement Plan.
Course overview/outline programme
- Probation and Performance Management
- Case Law and Other Employment Law Developments including Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill
- Recent Developments in Ill Health, Disability and Reasonable Accommodation
- Gender Pay Gap and Other Employment Equality Law Updates PLUS Employment Equality Case Law Round-up
Who is it for?
This event is ideal for HR professionals and trade union representatives in the public sector and those in semi-state bodies.
When and Where?
9:20am - 2:00pm on Tuesday 9th April 2019
ByrneWallace, 88 Harcourt Street, Dublin
Standard Rate: €395
Charity/SME Rate: €345
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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.
John Kelly Solicitor
John is a solicitor in the ByrneWallace Employment Team. He joined ByrneWallace in 2017 and brings to the Firm almost 20 years’ experience of working within and advising the public sector. Prior to training as a solicitor, he worked in the Health Service Executive (HSE) where he held a number of senior management positions in healthcare and HR, including Industrial Relations and Employee Relations.
He is a member of ByrneWallace’s public sector team and has considerable expertise in public/administrative law. He regularly advises clients on fair procedures in investigations, particularly in the context of employment relationships that are governed by statute.
Deirdre Lynch Partner
Deirdre Lynch is a Partner in the ByrneWallace Employment Team. She is a highly experienced employment and occupational health and safety law specialist. She provides focused, practical legal advice to a broad range of national, multinational and public sector employers regarding contentious and non-contentious matters.
Deirdre has particular experience in contentious employment matters and routinely represents employers before the employment adjudicatory bodies. She also advises in relation to claims and injunction applications before the High Court.
Michelle Ní Longáin Partner
Michelle is a partner in the Employment Department and is the firm's Compliance Partner. 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, 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.