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.   

'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.