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Thank you all for the high numbers attending last night's seminar - it was an excellent session.
The seminar saw our end of year case law round up. This year Des Ryan BL updated on Irish law developments and Catherine Bernard from Cambridge University updated on ECJ case law.
Please find attached a paper from Des Ryan BL together with the slides from both Des and Catherine Barnard.
I announced last night that our next seminar will take place early next year and will be a session on Brexit in collaboration with the UK ELA and the Employment Law Group in Northern Ireland. Further details of this session will follow.
I will be in contact again in the New Year, but just to wish you all a safe and peaceful next couple of weeks.
Our first live webinar will take place on Thursday 24 September 2020 from 5.30p.m. to 6.30p.m. The session will be kindly hosted by Mason Hayes and Curran.
As the Covid-19 restrictions continue and with the introduction of the Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 it looks like virtual hearings are here to stay. With this in mind we hope to provide a lively and interactive session on this theme.
Our Chair, Anne Lyne, will firstly give an up to date status summary of the current Covid-19 practices of the WRC including inspections, mediations, written procedures, face-to-face hearings and remote hearings.
Julie Galbraith, ELAI Secretary and Partner with Eversheds Sutherland will then update us on the Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 and the WRC guidance for remote hearings, how the hearings and inspections operate in practice and her experiences. Julie and her colleagues have taken part in a number of remote hearings with the WRC and the Labour Court since their introduction.
We also welcome Hazel Oliver as guest speaker. Hazel is a Managing Practice Development Lawyer and Consultant Trainer with Lewis Silkin in the UK. Hazel also sits part-time as an Employment Judge at the Bristol Tribunal and has a second role hearing cases in the UK Information Rights Tribunal, dealing with appeals against ICO decisions on freedom of information requests and data protection enforcement. She has been an Employment Judge for 10 years and has recently presided over several virtual hearings. Hazel will give us her insights on:
- What a virtual hearing looks like to the judge
- How to present yourself as an advocate
- How to prepare your clients
- Self-represented and vulnerable parties
- Managing communication in a virtual hearing
- Body language and persuasion
Please click following link to view notice issued by Workplace Relations Commission on 18th September 2020 further to Government announcement:
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.
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.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for what should be an interesting and engaging talk.
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.
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.