Aim and Objectives
The objective of this seminar, presented by the Employment Law Committee in collaboration with Law Society Professional Training, is to provide practitioners with an update on recent changes to areas of employment law, practice and procedure and other topics of interest. This year’s seminar will include a panel discussion on WRC inspections and the practical implications. Panellists will include members of the WRC and leading employment law practitioners.
Topics and Issues to be covered
- Workplace investigations: avoiding the pitfalls
- When the WRC comes calling: a briefing from the WRC - demonstration by employers of employment-law compliance during inspections/panel discussion
- Demystifying the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations
- Pensions Auto-Enrolment In Ireland:
- proposed pensions auto-enrolment system in Ireland
- what issues employers may have with the system
- lessons from other jurisdictions
Loughlin Deegan, Partner, ByrneWallace, Dublin
Loughlin is a partner in the Employment Law Department of ByrneWallace. He represents and advises clients across the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. Loughlin qualified as a solicitor in 2001. From 2002 to 2007 he served as Special Adviser to the Attorney General. Prior to joining ByrneWallace he worked for eight years as a solicitor in Ibec, latterly as its Acting Head of Employment Law. Loughlin has been a member of the Employment and Equality Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland since 2007 and he is currently the Chairperson of that committee.
Breda O’Malley, Partner, Hayes Solicitors, DublinStephen Gillick, Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran, Dublin
Breda practises in both Employment and Commercial Law and is currently the Head of the Employment Law team at Hayes solicitors. She advises both employers and employees on all aspects of the employment relationship and she adopts a commercially pragmatic approach to dispute issues, avoiding litigation for her clients where possible, and using her skills as an accredited commercial mediator. Breda is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading advisers in the area of the Transfer Regulations (TUPE). She has advised many employer organisations on TUPE in the context of outsourcing, service provider changes and mergers. Her commercial and business work includes advising on a wide range of commercial contracts, public tenders and
management of commercial disputes. Breda acts for a broad spectrum of clients from multinational corporations and large public entities to indigenous Irish businesses, charities and private clients.
Anne O’Connell, Principal, Anne O’Connell Solicitors, Dublin
Anne O’Connell qualified as a solicitor in 2001 specialising in Employment Law. Between 2001 and 2017 Anne practiced employment law in various firms including the Chief State Solicitors Office, two top tier Irish law firms and in a small firm. She was also seconded into ESB Group for a year to cover its in-house employment law solicitor’s maternity leave. In February 2017, Anne finally set up her own boutique employment law firm in Dublin. A significant number of business clients followed Anne and continue to seek their employment law advices from her. Anne is on the Law Society of Ireland’s Employment Law Committee and the Employment Law Association of Ireland’s Committee. She is also a member of the Employment Law Section of the International Bar Association. Anne lectures and tutors extensively on employment topics at the Law Society of Ireland where she is the external examiner for the Law Society’s Diploma on Employment Law.
Stephen is a Partner and Head of Pensions in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Employment Law & Benefits team. He has extensive experience in advising trustees, sponsoring employers and pension providers on a range of issues, including pension scheme establishment and restructuring; pension scheme funding and exercises to reduce scheme liabilities. Stephen is experienced in drafting and updating pension scheme documentation and advising on pension scheme mergers and reorganisations. He regularly advises on the pension aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals. Stephen also provides guidance to trustees and sponsoring employers on compliance and interpretation of pensions legislation and scheme rules. Stephen is the chairperson of the Law Society’s Pensions Committee and is a member of the Benefits Committee of the Irish Association of Pensions Funds. He is also a council member on the Association of Pensions Lawyers in Ireland. Stephen lectures in and is internal examiner for the Law Society of Ireland’s Certificate in Pensions Law and Applied Trusteeship. Stephen has presented at events organised by the Irish Association of Pension Funds and is a regular lecturer at Irish Institute of Pensions Management seminars.John Kelly, Regional Manager, Information, Inspection & Enforcement Division, Workplace Relations Commission, Carlow
John is an Assistant Principal Officer with the Inspection Service of the Workplace Relations Commission. Mr Kelly is responsible for the supervision of labour inspections in the East and the South- West operational regions of WRC. Based in the WRC office in Carlow, his areas of responsibility include employment permits, employment issues for migrant workers and the domestic work sector. He also represents the WRC on interdepartmental structures dealing with Human Trafficking for Forced Labour. Mr Kelly been an Irish delegate to International Labour Conference of the I.L.O. on a number of occasions and in this capacity he was involved in negotiations of a number of international instruments.
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