Bills in the process of coming down the line

Family Leave Bill

The Family Leave Bill aims to consolidate all existing family leave legislation including maternity, parental, adoptive and carers’ leave. The consolidation of family leave is one of the steps to increase the rights of employees in the discharge of their family responsibilities.  Primarily for the care of children.  As part of this process, carer’s leave will move from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to the Department of Justice and Equality.

Industrial Relations (Right to Access) (Amendment) Bill 2016

This Bill proposes to allow Trade Unions access to their members in the workplace for purposes related to the employment of its members or for purposes related to the Union’s business or both. There are perimeters around this such as before entering the work place the Union must obtain consent from the employer.

Banded Hours Contract Bill 2016

The bill is in relation to banded hour contracts and proposes the right for a worker to request increased hours and a corresponding obligation on an employer to consider such a request, to permit refusal only on objectively justified grounds and an obligation on employers to provide information to workers on the overall availability of working hours in the employment.

Proposed Banding Hours;

  • Band A 11.5 hours or more, but less than 15 hours;
  • Band B 15 hours or more, but less than 20 hours;
  • Band C 20 hours or more, but less than 25 hours;
  • Band D 25 hours or more, but less than 30 hours;
  • Band E 30 hours or more, but less than 35 hours;
  • Band F 35 hours or more, but less than 37 hours

 

 

 

 

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Nora Cashe

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Nóra studied Law in Griffith College Dublin and qualified as a Barrister in 2008, practising in the area of Criminal law. She is also member of the Irish Employment Law Association.

Nora has extensive experience representing clients at Employment Tribunal hearings, Conciliation / Mediation meetings before both the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. 

Nóra is a member of the Irish Employment Law Association and engages with the WRC Adjudication Service as part of their stakeholder engagement forum.

Deiric McCann

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Deiric McCann leads Genos International Europe – The EU division of a world-leading provider of emotional intelligence solutions. 

With over two decades experience at the highest levels of management, Deiric supports clients to develop the resilience, emotional intelligence, psychological safety and engagements of their employees.

Rhiannon Coyne

Graphite HRM

Rhiannon Coyne is a Senior HR Consultant at Graphite HRM and will be providing an overview of best practice on how to deal with complaints of bullying and harassment in the workplace. 

With a number of recent updates to employment laws, Rhiannon will take a closer look at employment equality and how it is interlinked to Health & Safety and what employers can learn from recent case laws.

David Begg

Workplace Relations Commission

David Begg was appointed Chairperson of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in January 2021.

David is also a professor at Maynooth University Institute of Social Sciences. Mr Begg’s extensive history in the trade union movement included leading the ESB Officers Association and Irish Congress of Trade Unions, stepping away from the latter in 2001 to chair international aid agency Concern.

David Begg was also previously a director of the Central Bank of Ireland between 1995 and 2010.