News & Events

Seminar - Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - Thursday, 22nd March

We are pleased to announce our next ELAI’s seminar on the very topical subject of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
With the recent change in the narrative on this issue this is an important area for employment specialists to be up to date and learn from other experts.
Time: Thursday 22 March 2018 - 6pm registration and start 6.30pm – 8pm and drinks in the Shed behind the Arbitration Centre to follow
Location: Dublin Arbitration Centre, Distillery Building, 145-151 Church Street, Dublin
Topics to include:

  • How investigating a Sexual Harassment complaint differs to other complaints- special considerations
  • Effect Lyons v Longford Westmeath on internal investigations- right to cross examine and legal representation ?
  • Recent case law - How to litigate a complaint in WRC/Circuit Court and High Court, what Defences are available   
  • What is the view on the ground as to prevalence of harassment in the workplace in Ireland – what data is available  
  • What is the view from the UK – Comparative experience, cases and awards and use of Non- Disclosure agreements
  • Third Party Sexual Harassment 

We have a prominent panel lined up with specialists on this area from a HR, legal and union perspective as well as view from a large employment practice in the UK, who regularly represent plaintiffs in such claims to provide their comparative insight and experience on this topic.

  • Claire Bruton BL
  • Claire Dawson – National Practice Group Leader - Employment Law,  Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP London
  • Bernadette Treanor – Mediator and Investigator - Beo Solutions
  • David Joyce - Head of Equality - ICTU

To register to attend please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seminar, 15 February 2018, How Employment Lawyers handle and advise on white collar crime in the workplace

ELAI Seminar

How Employment Lawyers handle and advise on white collar crime in the workplace

15 February 2018


Employment lawyers are increasingly being asked to advise on white collar crime in the workplace.  In this seminar we will explore the challenges faced by employment lawyers particularly in the context of the Criminal Justice Act 2011, 7 years on since its enactment:

  • what to consider when taking instructions,
  • representing both the body corporate and individual,
  • withholding information under s19,
  • when and how should employers disclose an internal investigation,
  • the challenges for employers in conducting internal disciplinary investigations against the backdrop of an external investigation by an Gardaí Síochána or a Regulator,
  • the role of the Gardaí and their powers during an external investigation.

Our speakers have experience of both prosecuting and defending white collar crime cases and will provide unique insights together with practical know-how tips. By the end of the seminar attendees should understand the challenges white collar crime poses for both the instructing legal adviser and their client whether employer or employee.

ELAI are delighted to have the pleasure of the Honourable Justice Patrick J Mc Carthy, Judge of the High Court, who will chair this seminar.

Panel: Carthage Conlon (M.E. Hanahoe Solicitors), Remy Farrell SC and Supt. Gerry Walsh (Garda National Economic Criminal Bureau)

Location: KPMG 1 Stokes Place, Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Time: 6.30pm (registration) 7pm (seminar) 8.30pm (reception)

Date: 15 Feb 2018

CPD Points will be available on request for this seminar

To register to attend please RSVP to Danielle Houghton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Dr. Mary Redmond Bursary 2018

The Employment Law Association of Ireland (ELAI) is pleased to announce the offer of a student bursary in 2018 for €1,500. The bursary commemorates the contribution to employment law of Dr. Mary Redmond. In addition to the bursary, the holder will enjoy one year’s free membership of ELAI (for 2018), which includes free access to ELAI seminars.

How Can I Enter the Competition?

The bursary will be awarded on the basis of an essay competition. Students entering the competition will be required to submit an essay on the following topic:

‘Working in the Gig Economy: Does Irish Employment Law Provide Sufficient Protection?’.

Rules of the Essay Competition

  1. The essay must not exceed 2,500 words, including footnotes. No essay longer than 2,500 will be considered by the judges.
  2. The bursary competition is open to any undergraduate or postgraduate student, including Ph.D. researcher, registered for study during the academic year 2017/2018 at a third level institution in Ireland, including Northern Ireland. A decision on eligibility of each entrant can be taken by ELAI in its absolute discretion.
  3. Essays must be individually authored and only one entry per person is allowed.
  4. The essay must be the original work of the author and may be checked for plagiarism. Any essay that is found to be plagiarised will automatically be disqualified.
  5. All entries must be in English and properly referenced according to an accepted style.
  6. Essays should be presented in size 12 font and 1.5 spacing.
  7. The essay cannot have been submitted to another competition or for publication in any journal or other publication.
  8. The entry should have a cover page giving the details set out below. This cover page should be a separate document and include:
    1. The Entrant’s full name;
    2. Postal address and email address;
    3. The course of study and the name and address of the institution; and
    4. The word count of the essay (including footnotes).
  9. All essays must be sent in MS Word format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Dr. Mary Redmond Bursary.”
  10. The entrant’s name cannot appear on any other page as judging of the competition will be anonymous.


  1. The competition will be judged by a panel of ELAI members appointed by the ELAI Committee. Their decision will be final.
  2. At the discretion of ELAI, one member of the panel may be invited to compile short list of essays for consideration by the full panel members.
  3. ELAI will acknowledge receipt of entries but will not give feedback on entries or enter into any further correspondence with entrants.
  4. ELAI reserves the right not to award the prize if it feels that the standard of entries does not justify an award.
  5. The winning essay will be published on ELAI’s website.


Key Dates and Submission Information


The deadline for submission of the essays will be 5pm, 31 March 2018.

ELAI Annual Dinner 2017

The Employment Law Association of Ireland cordially invites you to its Annual Dinner 2017 with our guest speaker and honorary member, which will take place in the

Westbury Hotel, Dublin on 24 November 2017.

Our Guest Speaker is Ms Noeline Blackwell CEO Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

Honorary member for 2017 is Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan in recognition of her significant contribution to employment law.

Date                             Friday 24th November

Venue                          Grafton Suite the Westbury Hotel (entrance through Grafton Foyer)

Drinks Reception          7.00pm

Tickets                         €85.65

Dress Code                  Cocktail

Queries                        Address to Danielle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bookings                     Details on how to book on Eventbrite will soon be sent to members.

We are very grateful to our generous sponsors Keane McDonald

We look forward to welcoming you at the Westbury

ELAI Committee

ELAI Panel Discussion - 5 October 2017 - Protected Disclosures for Employment Lawyers - Three Years On

Panel Discussion: Protected Disclosures for Employment Lawyers, Three Years On - A chance for us to evaluate how the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 has impacted on employers, how it has been used by Claimants and Adjudicated by the WRC & Circuit Court as well as some comparator view points from the United Kingdom.
Date and Venue: Mason Hayes and Curran, South Bank House, Barrow Street, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4 on  Thursday 5 October Registration from 6pm with discussion commencing at 6:30pm
Clive Howard – Slater and Gordon London, to provide key tips and experience as a UK lawyer specialising in the area of whistle-blowers in the financial sector.
Peter Gallagher – Central Bank, to provide an inside expert review of receiving a protected disclosure. 
Mary Paula Guinness BL - To provide commentary from an Irish perspective in the last year.
Trevor Collins – Solicitor Kilfeather & Co., specialist in the area of Protected Disclosures within the Gardai and Nursing Homes.
Jack Hickey – Powerscourt Group, to provide advice on protecting your brand and crisis management from an Irish perspective.
To confirm your attendance, please email Danielle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"GDPR - the HR Angle" - KPMG Offices, Stokes Place, Dublin 2, 6pm Tuesday 27 June 2017

As we enter a new and busy ELAI membership year we would like to invite you to our first event: "GDPR - the HR Angle" to be hosted at the offices of KPMG, 1 Stokes Place, Dublin 2 from 6pm - 8 pm next Tuesday, 27 June.

A panel of experts will discuss how employers, human resources practitioners, employment law practitioners and legal representatives can prepare employers for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018.

The panel, chaired by Linda Hynes, Head of the Employment Law & Data Protection team at Leman Solicitors, are all experts in the area of data protection and will provide wide-ranging and insightful perspectives on how GDPR will affect employers. They are: 

Kate Colleary 

Principal of Colleary & Co Solicitors and  founder and director of Frontier Privacy Ltd, a specialist company providing data protection advice and solutions

Linda NiChualladh

Counsel for An Post: Communications Regulation, Data Protection, EU and Competition

Ronan Davy

Assistant General Counsel & Director at Etsy

Nichola Harkin

Employment Law Solicitor, Ibec

The event will be of interest to employment law practitioners, in-house counsel, human resources practitioners and employers preparing businesses for this landmark development in data protection law.

Wine and canapés will be served after the panel discussion.

To attend please reserve a place by emailing Danielle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please ensure that your membership is renewed for the upcoming membership year through to Spring 2018. Thank you to those who have already done so.

Future of Work Conference

The following conference may be of interest to ELAI members:

On 12 May 2017, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will host a one day "Future of Work Conference" at Dublin Castle.

Ministers Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Pat Breen and leading experts in the field will speak.

Full details are here.

Registration details are available here

ELAI AGM, 26 April 2017, Merrion Hotel

Dear All
Please note that our AGM will take place at 6pm at the Merrion Hotel on 26th April.
On this auspicious week when Article 50 is triggered by the UK, I am delighted to announce that James Libson of the London law firm Mischon De Reya, who represented Gina Miller in the landmark Article 50 legal challenge against the British Government, will give a talk.
Article 50 paragraph 1 states that “any member state may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.”  Post-Brexit, the outcome of the Gina Miller case prevented the UK Government from triggering Article 50 without first being authorised by parliament to do so, in accordance with UK constitutional requirements.  The case sparked controversy amongst the public, politicians and the media, provoking the “Enemies of the People” headline targeted at the UK judiciary.  James Libson represented Gina Miller in this landmark case and will give an insider's account of the challenges faced by the legal team and will also discuss the aftermath of the decision on a national level.
We have arranged canapes and a drinks reception for after the event and I look forward to seeing you all there!
Kind regards
Colleen Cleary
Chair, Employment Law Association of Ireland

Notice of AGM




                                               Notice of Annual General Meeting


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, 26th April 2017 at 6.00pm 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                                                    30  March 2017


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 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance of the meeting. 

Save the Date: May 7 - 11 2017: American Bar Association: Section of Labor and Employment Law Midyear Meeting

Our colleagues at the American Bar Association: Section of Labor and Employment Law will host a major international Midyear Meeting in the Westbury Hotel, Dublin from May 7 - 11 2017. The Midyear Meeting, hosted by the International Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law will comprise a diverse series of presentations from leading international employment law and labour law experts.  ELAI is proud to sponsor the opening of the conference with drinks Sunday evening 7 May at the Westbury Hotel.


Justice Mary Laffoy our ELAI Patron will open the conference on the Monday 8 May.  Topics will include Brexit, social media, data protection, cross-border employment and trade union recognition and restrictive covenants and a draft list of topics are attached. The meeting promises to be a globally-significant gathering of experts in the field. Full details and registration details  for conference are available here.


Non members of the ABA are welcome to attend the conference although a variety of membership options to join the American Bar Association are available here.



The full programme of events is available here.


We would encourage our members of ELAI to attend as it is a unique opportunity to meet employment professional not only from the US but across the EU who also attend such mid year meetings in what are fascinating times for lawyers in the US and lawyers in the EU and the UK with Brexit. 


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