Healy O'Connor

Employment Law in Ireland

            We have many many clients coming in with Employment Issues which is obviously indicative of the times we live in. Unfortunately, we are finding in some cases that Employers are using the Recession to lay off workers they have wanted rid of for some time. However, they are doing it without […]


Had a great win in the Employment Appeals Tribunal this week. It was a complicated redundancy case where we were arguing that our client was unfairly selected for redundancy. The tribunal agreed with us after an arduous hearing that ran for two days. Knowing what my client had gone through, where he couldn’t face telling […]

Employment Law Constructive Dimissal

Just got back a favourable result from the Employment Appeals Tribunal in a case where we acted for the claimant where he was claiming he was constructively dismissed i.e. he was left with no option but to resign. In this type of case the onus is on the Employee to prove that he was forced […]

Unfair Dismissal and Fair Procedures

I just got back another favourable determination from the Employment Appeals Tribunal. We acted for the claimant in a case where he was summarily dismissed from his job as a Barman. The company did not adopt fair procedures in firing him. Any company that does not adopt fair procedures or have suitable employment policies in […]

Employment Law and Transfer of Undertakings TUPE

Whenever a company is in the process of merging with another company the issue of Employees arises. Basically, what happens with the existing Employees? This is never as straightforward as it seems! At its most basic under TUPE Law the Employees are to be transferred with all their existing rights and benefits to the new […]

Personal Injuries and Work Stress Litigation

It is very important when considering taking a personal injuries case against an Employer that you are accurate about the date when the Injury occurred. This may have been the first day that you were out on certified sick leave. Keep a diary if you can because the devil is in the detail when it […]

RedFM – Victor Barry Cork Talks Back – Employment Advice

Just in relation to the advice I gave on Victor Barry’s Cork Talks Back show on Wednesday remember: You have six months within which to lodge your complaint Every case is different We can claim from the insolvency fund should you be awarded against an Insolvent Company You are only legally entitled to Statutory Redundancy, not […]

Constructive Dismissal or Unfair Dismissal? Traps for the Unwary

We had a very good win last week in a difficult case where we had to prove that we didn’t simply abandon our employment but were rather unfairly dismissed while on sick leave. Any Employer would want to be very careful when dismissing someone on  sick leave which would leave them exposed to an Unfair […]

Employment Law Unfair Dismissal and Redundancies

This comes up time and time again. You are called into your bosses office and told due to the downturn you are being made redundant. Thing is you told your boss only recently about a major issue you were having at work and the next thing you know you are being let go? Something not […]

Employment Law Handbooks

An Employment Law Handbook sets out the policies and procedures for a company in the event of a dispute between an Employer and an Employee. They are a useful tool for a company when defending a claim against them. Conversely an Employee should make themselves aware of the company’s Employment policies and not just blithely […]