This article will outline and discuss a company secretary’s key duties and official responsivities. The article is designed to help if you are new to the role or are an existing company secretary and want to ensure that you know your responsibilities.Continue reading
This article aims to provide you with knowledge of the key things you need to know when considering doing business in Ireland.
Ireland is a beneficial place to do business. It is English speaking with a well-educated workforce. It is a common law jurisdiction, with a strong tradition and legislative protection for international arbitration. Ireland is in the EU, and has strong ties (and supports) for trade with the United Kingdom and the US.Continue reading
Succession planning in a small business can be a complex matter. Often the business might not attract external buyers or might be somehow unsuitable for sale. One option to consider is selling the business to current employees. This can be done in one transaction or as a process.Continue reading
The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 was signed into law on 4th April last, with the provisions to take effect upon Commencement Orders as signed by the Minister. The new rights under the Act include:
- A right for parents of under 12s and carers to request flexible working;
- A right to five days leave each year (unpaid) for personal care for serious medical reasons for parents or family carers;
- A right to request remote working;
- A right to five paid days leave each year for victims of domestic violence;
- An extension of the right to paid breastfeeding breaks from six months to two years.
John Redmond and Lisa Quinn O’Flaherty were delighted to attend the Dye and Durham Irish Law Awards last evening to accept the Law Firm Innovation Award.
No employer wants to learn that one of their employees is experiencing bullying or harassment at work. Workplace bullying is a health and safety issue and employers have a duty to provide a safe place of work. The consequences of failing to so provide can be extreme; ranging from lost productivity to reputational damage to high staff turn-over to civil liability for personal injuries or constructive dismissal. Continue reading
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 as amended provides that employers must
- Do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure the safety, health and welfare of their workers
- Manage and conduct work activities (including behaviors at work) so as to avoid a risk to their workers
- Plan and maintain a safe system of work
- Plan and maintain a safe workplace including all equipment
- Prevent known risks
- Provide personal protective equipment where it is needed
- Provide training in the relevant language
In recent months, I have noticed an increase in fees being charged for the compliance with data subject access requests, by some organisations. The purported fee is named as being to cover the cost of redaction, administration or copying, and is in many cases unlawful. Continue reading
Employers have an obligation to provide a safe place of work for all of their employees, as well as to ensure that no members of the public are endangered by their activities. When an employee breaches health and safety legislation or the health and safety policy of the company, the employer must always take this conduct seriously. Failure to do so can leave the employer open to both civil and criminal liability. Continue reading
Our Lisa Quinn O’Flaherty has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Lawyer of the Year category of the Lincoln Early Career Awards 2019. We wish her every success at the award ceremony in October.