Essential Employment Law for Irish Employers

Essential Employment Law for Irish Employers

With so many changes taking place in today’s workplace an understanding of core employment laws is now more essential than ever before. This extensive full day course, delivered by a highly trained and experienced solicitor and barrister combination, is designed to give all participants a thorough grounding in the main components of Irish employment law in just one day.

What are the learning outcomes?

  • Obtain an overview of all key components of employment law
  • Find out the key up-to-date laws relevant when employing staff
  • Learn key tips from two highly experienced lawyers on how to keep on the right side of the law whilst allowing for effective management of staff
  • Find out how to be pro-active and avoid issues that commonly land employers in difficulties
  • Receive practical advice on how to devise workplace policies and procedures that are clear, fair and unlikely to be found wanting before a Tribunal
  • Learn about the laws you need to know in depth when terminating employment
  • Find out about the very latest developments in employment law
  • Discover how to research employment issues and make best use of the comprehensive notes given to each participant

What will be covered?

  • Sources of employment law
  • Recruitment, selection and appointment
  • Legislation during the course of employment
  • Employment equality and discrimination issues
  • Termination of employment – Unfair Dismissal
  • Developments to watch out for, including: Agency workers, reform of joint labour committees and review of complaints bodies.

Please Note: The pack will contain notes on Sources of Employment Law including Legislation, EU Directives and Case Law, however, it will not form part of the programme on the day. These will be compiled by Marian Jennings.

100% of recent delegates would recommend this event to their colleagues and peers!

Who should attend?
Anyone with a need to know the main building blocks of Irish employment law including HR Managers, Supervisors, In-house Lawyers and Legal & HR Advisers. Ideal for those new to employment law or seeking a refresher course. This event is not suitable for those with extensive knowledge of Irish employment law.

When and where? 
9.30am - 4.30pm on Thursday 15th October 2020
The Gibson Hotel, Dublin


Standard Rate: €575
Charity/Small Company Rate: €495

*All organisations with fewer than 50 employees or charities qualify for our Charity/Small company rate. The number of employees includes all branches, subsidiary/parent companies, boards, trusts and federated organisations.

If this event is taking place in a hotel and you require a bedroom for the night before or day of the event please get in touch. We work with all our hotels to offer a preferential delegate rate for overnight stays where possible. For more information please email



"Paul Joyce was an excellent presenter - kept it interesting right to the end. Used plain, understandable language which is so important when explaining some of the complex issues such as contracts. Covered all the basics - excellent for a novice like me. I also appreciated the 'plain English' notes in the pack. I will be eager to attend further sessions hosted by Legal-Island in the future." 
Ann Moore, HR & Governance Administrator, Citizens Information Board

"I really liked the broad range of HR areas covered."
Olwyn Keogh, HR Manager, Betdaq - Ladbroke Service Ireland Limited

“The speakers were very passionate and knowledgeable on the topics which made it more interesting and kept your mind focused.”
Jessica Hughes, Office Manager, Robinson Services

“Excellent, there was a lot of content and I will use the notes to look back on going forward.”
Claire Livingstone, Contracts Officer, Trinity College Dublin

“Great course. I really enjoyed it and it was very well presented.”
Tanya Alexander, HR Co-Ordinator, Dylan Hotel Dublin

 “Really well presented.”
Eithne Murphy, A/ Head of HR, Galway City Council

"Both Paul & Marian were absolutely excellent. Both were engaging and extremely knowledgeable. They took questions and answered them very effectively."
Fiona Culligan, HRIS Manager, Permanent TSB

“Excellent event - I attended a similar type in June provided by another hr consultancy firm but legal-Island delivered well above an adequate level. The set of notes is almost a HR contact's bible.”
Elaine Barry, Human Resources Executive, KBI Global Investors Limited

“Paul was excellent. I loved the way you could put questions on a card and they were dealt with anonymously.”
Eoin Ward, HR Generalist, IRFU

“Content was relevant and well presented. The presenters had a clear depth of knowledge on the subject matter and were well able to answer questions on the subject matter - it also ran on schedule.”
Thomas Griffin, Owner, Griffin Management Solutions

"Overall it was a very insightful and interesting course which broadened my understanding and highlighted how much I (unfortunately) was ignorant off - good job all round."
David O'Connor, Clerical Officer, Court Service

"Thoroughly enjoyed the event refreshed my existing knowledge and gave me some areas for improvement. The takeaway notes were of a superior quality."
Céline Bowyer, General Manager, Roscrea & Thurles Leisure Centre

"In-depth knowledge, good delivery and a simplification of what could be perceived as complex - excellent."
Deborah Rogan, Head of Operations/MCO, Canadian Embassy

"I really enjoyed the day, as someone relatively new to the world of HR and recruitment, I learned so much in such a short space of time."
Eileen McKenna, HR Officer, Wicklow County Council

"Best course on employment law I attended in a long while. Captured very broad spectrum of topics."
Veronica Plunkett, Administrative Officer Employee Relations HR, Dublin City Council


  • Marian Jennings
    Marian Jennings Specialist in Employment & Business Law
    TU Dublin

    Marian is an experienced Law Lecturer, with a specialist offering developed over 20 years, in Employment and Business Law. She offers the combined value of a proven track record in academia together with professional private practice/in-house legal roles and significant board, governance and organisational management experience in the community and voluntary sector.  

  • Paul Joyce
    Paul Joyce Barrister
    Free Legal Advice Centre, Dublin

    Paul Joyce – BCL, BL, is a graduate of the National University of Ireland and the King’s Inns and was called to the Irish Bar in 1984.  He works as Senior Policy Analyst at FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centre) Dublin.  He worked as a part-time lecturer in employment law on Human Resource Management courses in the Dublin Institute of Technology from 1990 to 2003. He is a former member of the Council of the Ombudsman for Financial Services in Ireland and the author of numerous reports and submissions.

Event details


9.30am - 4.30pm


15 October 2020


The Gibson Hotel, Dublin


Standard Rate: €575
Charity/Small Company Rate: €495