Ciara O'Kennedy and Susan Battye of LK Shields presented an interesting and topical seminar on some recent employment law developments covering Whistleblowing in the Workplace and the Workplace Relations Commission.
The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 has been in force since July 2014 and has been described as one of the most far-reaching and ground-breaking pieces of whistleblowing legislation in the world. The main objective of the act is to protect whistleblowers in the workplace. Making reference to recent high profile examples, Ciara O'Kennedy provided an overview of protections under the act, methods of disclosure and best practice policies and procedures. Key points made by Ciara included:
The Workplace Relations Commission came into force in 2015. Despite being heralded as a “world class” system it has been beset with problems from the outset. Susan Battye provided an overview of the practical implications of the new system for employers. Key points made by Susan included:
This breakfast seminar was jointly hosted by the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce and LK Shields.