News & Events

ELAI AGM, 10 March 2020, Merrion Hotel

Dear Member,

Further to my recent email, I write to confirm that the AGM will take place on Tuesday 10th March 2020. The event will be held in the Merrion Hotel and will commence from 6pm with a 6-30pm start.
We are delighted to have secured Jennifer Millins, Partner in Employment Law at Mishcon de Reya LLP, as our guest speaker.
Jennifer specialises in discrimination and whistleblowing claims, High Court injunctions, equal pay disputes, gender pay gap reporting and partnership disputes. Jennifer acted for senior journalist, Carrie Gracie, in a high profile and leading equal pay and discrimination case against the BBC which demonstrated significant pay inequality between men and women in the State broadcaster.  This case was ground breaking and led the way for other journalists to challenge inequitable (and unlawful) gender pay practices in the BBC. Jennifer will discuss the case and how a grass roots campaign of male and female journalists, who choose to voluntarily disclose their pay to each other, paved the way for this case.  She will provide her insight into the increasing requirement for more pay transparency and the new trends relating to such cases.
Please register for the event by return email to Vanessa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for what should be an interesting and engaging talk.
Kind regards

Peter Murphy


3rd African Labour Law Society Conference and 2nd ISLSSL African Regional Congress


Please find attached the programme of the forthcoming 3rd African Labour Law Society Conference and  2nd ISLSSL African Regional Congress.


African Labour Law Conference & African Regional Congress

Conference to mark the centenary of the International Labour Organisation

Dear Members 

There is a conference scheduled for next Tuesday 17 September in Dublin Castle that will address the theme of Future of Work through the lens of the Declaration of Philadelphia.  Keynote speakers include the Director General of the International Labour Organisation, Guy Ryder, Professor Virginia Doellgast, Chair of International & Comparative Labor, Cornell University and Mark Connaughton, Senior Counsel.  
Members of ELAI are also invited to attend this event and attendance at the conference is free of charge. Please see attached agenda. 

To register for the Conference, please complete the attached form and please email it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday 13thSeptember 2019.




GDPR – from Theory to Practice

GDPR Seminar - Tuesday 11th June

As you may recall, back in the summer of 2017, we held a GDPR seminar looking at what Employers needed to know about the then forthcoming Regulations.

We said at the time that we would revisit the topic at some point to see how the practice has differed (or otherwise) from the theory. We believe that now is an opportune time to do so and to look at the issues that are arising in practice.

As always, we have secured a number of excellent speakers and we are going to use the same discursive format as before to get the most from the seminar.

As it was on the last occasion, the seminar will be chaired by Linda Hynes, Partner Lewis Silkin Solicitors, and we are delighted that Linda will be joined by Fleur O’Shea, Assistant Commissioner – Senior Legal Advisor, Data Protection Commission, Paul Lavery, Partner & Head of Technology and Innovation Group, McCann Fitzgerald and Linda NiChulladh, Head of Privacy (Legal) EMEA and Assistant General Counsel, Citi.

The Event will take place in the office of Arthur Cox, Ten, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 on the evening of Tuesday, 11th June 2019 from 6pm for a 6-30pm start.

Kindly rsvp to Pauline Ball via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ELAI AGM, 16 April 2019, Merrion Hotel

Dear Members,


As mentioned at the recent seminar, our AGM is upcoming. The date for the AGM is 16th April 2019 and the venue, like the last number of years, is the Merrion Hotel. The evening will commence from 6pm for a 6-30pm start.


We are delighted that we have secured The Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD, as our special guest speaker. The Minister has agreed to address a wide range of topics which we believe will be of interest to you all. In that regard she has agreed to discuss the Government’s legislative agenda, the gender pay gap, the gig economy, shared parental leave, the proposed EU Directive on work-life balance and Brexit.


If your membership is due for renewal you can do so online


Kindly rsvp to Pauline Ball via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the evening.

ELAI seminar 5 March - A practical guide to WRC hearings, Settlements and Taxation

Our next seminar will take place in Facebook, 4 Grand Canal Square on 5th March with registration from 6pm with a 6-30pm start.
The seminar will cover three separate, but interrelated, topics and we hope for it to be a very informative and above all practical session.
Once again, we are delighted to have secured three highly quality speakers.
Vivian Jackson, Head of the PRU in the WRC, will speak about hearings at the WRC and look at the procedures which should be followed in the investigation and hearing of complaints by Adjudication Officers. This is a great opportunity to hear directly from the WRC in relation to how hearings should run.
Owen Keany BL, will deliver a talk entitled “Employment Settlements : Practical Tips and Avoiding the Pitfalls”. Again this is a great opportunity to get a practical overview on settlements and potential issues that can arise.
Finally, Richard Grogan, Solicitor, will deliver his talk entitled, “Taxation of Employment Law Awards and Settlement – Nothing To Be Frightened Of – This Is About The Nuances Of Words Not Mere Sums”. Richard will talk about the latest Revenue Commissioner Guidelines, to include the issue that has recently arisen in relation to the tax treatment of legal fees paid by an employer where there are no proceedings in being.
The Committee are very much looking forward to this practical and timely session and hope to see as many of you there as possible.
Please rsvp to Pauline Ball via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ELAI - Seminar - Employment Law Updater - October 25th

Our next seminar is on 25th October 2018 in the offices of McCann FitzGerald, our kind host for the evening. Registration will be from 6pm with the seminar to begin at 6-30pm.
The seminar will cover a review of the past year and also look forward to what is on the horizon.
We are delighted once again to have secured two very high quality speakers.
Des Ryan B.L., practising barrister and Associate Professor and Fellow in Law at Trinity College Dublin will review recent developments in case law, including two interesting Court of Appeal decisions, firstly the case of Dillon v CUS looking specifically at the emphasis the Court placed on the significance of a final written warning and the views the Court expressed in relation to employment disputes coming before the Courts, and what potential implications that has for us all, and our clients. Des will secondly look at the Court’s decision in McCarthy v ISS, a workplace stress case where the Court found for the plaintiff in negligence,  and will thirdly review the recent UK Court of Appeal decision in the Barclays Bank case regarding vicarious liability for independent contractors. He has further undertaken to provide updates on other significant employment cases that occur between now and the date of the seminar. 
Linda Hynes is Managing Associate in the Employment, Immigration and Reward department of Lewis Silkin’s Dublin office and is going to speak about the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2017 specifically looking at changes to current legislation which the Bill proposes, the potential implications of those changes, the banded hours proposed and the penalties and sanctions proposed for breaches. With this Bill appearing high on the legislative agenda and the Oireachtas returning this week, Linda will be keeping an eye on developments between now and the date of the seminar to deliver the most up to date position.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.
Please RSVP to Pauline Ball via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seminar 25th July: Retirement Age and potential related Age Discrimination

The next ELAI seminar will take place on 25th July 2018 in the offices of Eversheds Sutherland, who are kindly hosting us for the evening. Registration will be from 6pm with the seminar to begin at 6-30pm.

The seminar will address the topical issues of Retirement Age and potential related Age Discrimination. There have been a number of recent cases in this area and, as a Committee, we believe it is something that members are experiencing, and having to advise on, with increased regularity.  

We are delighted to have an expert panel of speakers.

Joanne Hyde, Partner and Head of Employment Law at Eversheds Sutherland, will discuss how to manage the retirement process from a legal and HR point of view. Joanne will also comment on some of the recent case law, both domestic and European.

Sile Larkin, Registrar & Head of Legal Services of the WRC, will discuss the Code on Longer Working which the WRC published late last year. Sile will look at the necessity for the Code and what it provides for.

Conor O’Donovan, senior actuary and consultant in Willis Towers Watson, will draw on his expertise in a wide range of pension related topics and provide a practical analysis of the challenges facing Employers who he regularly advises on all aspects of their retirement benefit packages including benefit redesign projects and liability management exercises. Conor is a Scheme Actuary and advisor for a number of pension scheme Trustee boards and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland.

If you have not yet renewed your membership for the year, you can do so on the website at any time, and we would encourage you to do so before the seminar.

We look forward to seeing you on the night for a very interesting and topical talk.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ELAI AGM - 6.30pm, 30 May 2018 - Merrion Hotel

The Employment Law Association of Ireland will be holding its AGM on Wednesday 30 May 2018 at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin 2 at 6.30 pm. Further details are below. 

We have a very special guest speaker on the night, Ms Bronwyn McKenna who was appointed as a  UK Tribunal Judge in January 2018. Prior to her judicial appointment she was Assistant General Secretary at UNISON where she led the historic challenge to Employment Tribunal fees in 2017.  Brownyn will be speaking about a four year fight against the government in relation to the imposition of Employment Tribunal fees, which led to the government being directed to refund the £27million charged to those who took claims to the Tribunal.

The Supreme Court unanimously found that  the coalition government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when they introduced the charges. This is a fascinating case and the ruling by the Supreme Court is historic and a testament to the power of the legal challenge by utilising employment law concepts. This is a chance to hear the inside track and the ultimate successful outcome from Bronwyn who led the challenge within Unison and described it as the proudest moment in her professional life.

We would be delighted if all members could join us for this event in the Merrion and to attend after for a glass of wine to celebrate the success of ELAI

Please RSVP to Danielle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind regards

Collen Cleary

Chair ELAI

Notice of the AGM 





Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Employment Law Association of Ireland (ELAI) will be held at the Merrion Hotel, Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2 on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 6.30pm to transact the following business:-

1.        To review the activities of the ELAI to date.

2.        To approve the subscription rates for 2017.

3.        To elect the officers and ordinary members of the Executive Committee of the ELAI.

4.        Any other business.

By order of the Executive Committee

Employment Law Association of Ireland, 8 May 2018


Notes to the Notice of Annual General Meeting

1.        The Chairperson will provide a brief report to the members on the work carried out by the ELAI and the Executive Committee.

2.        The Treasurer will provide a brief account of the finances of the ELAI and report on the rates, which she has agreed with the Executive Committee, are desirable.  The Executive Committee is proposing that the full subscription annual rate of €85 be maintained.

3.        Nominations for the office of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, North/South of Ireland Co-Ordinator and ordinary members of the Executive Committee shall be made to the Chairperson at the AGM.

4.        Any other business may be tabled by the Chairperson at the AGM.

Note: Any matter of general business which a member wishes to bring before the AGM should be notified to the Secretary in writing no later than 7 days before the AGM.


Except as provided above, members who have general queries about the AGM should contact the Secretary, Ciarán Ahern, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in advance of the meeting. 

Ciarán Ahern


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