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COVID 19 – Whistleblowing, Health and Safety and the Return to Work

COVID 19 – Whistleblowing, Health and Safety and the Return to Work

This is our second podcast during COVID 19 and is chaired by Colleen Cleary of CC Solicitors. In this podcast we explore the nuances of the pandemic in the context of the Return to Work Protocol where health and safety takes centre stage and is presenting probably the biggest health and safety challenge employers have ever been required to deal with in getting their staff back to work. There is a fantastic panel including Lauren Tennyson BL, Judy O'Loan in house counsel Transparency Ireland and Paul Daniels a UK based solicitor who specialises in acting for whistleblowers.  Listen to a lively debate by the panel on the status of the Return to Work Protocol, what is happening on the ground here and in the UK, what new issues and cases are arising for employment advisers, how do employers deal with specific COVID related complaints on health and safety, what are the main facets of the New Whistleblowing Directive and implications for Irish law, we also discuss what pro bono opportunities advisers could involve themselves in as a result of the pandemic.   

WRC May 2020 update

The WRC has now published on their website a notice in relation to the conducting of mediation and adjudication services during the COVID19 period.

Please find the link to the proposal: WRC Covid update May 2020.

The committee will be considering the notice to determine whether any further Submissions should be made to the WRC.

In this regard we would welcome any feedback from members.

'Covid-19: Employment Law and the Changing Way We Work'

'Covid-19: Employment Law and the Changing Way We Work'

This podcast, 'Covid-19: Employment Law and the Changing Way We Work', is led by the Chair of ELAI, Anne Lyne, Partner Hayes Solicitors. Since the announcement of the first wave of Covid-19 containment measures by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Washington D.C. on the 12th March 2020, the way we live and work has changed at an unprecedented pace.

The introduction of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act, 2020 has brought in a series of changes, including a new wage subsidy scheme, together with a change to the Redundancy Payments Acts, 1967. To help us navigate this new reality including working from home and how the workplace may look as we begin to emerge from lockdown, Anne explores in a Q&A format how Covid-19 impacts on employment law and the way we work now. Anne will be joined by a series of leading employment law experts including Katherine McVeigh BL Cliona Kimber SC and Joanne Redmond, Director and Employment Counsel at Facebook.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our three contributors for their insights and for their commitment to this podcast project, in particular as the current circumstances required their availability for remote recording. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Elizabeth Ann Kirwan BL and her contribution to facilitating the recording of the Podcast. We hope that this podcast is helpful to members and wish you and yours all well during this time.


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.

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