• Dilemma – social media and managing people at work!

    25 November 2014
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    The impact of social media is blurring the distinction between work and personal life, with many employees connected at home or while travelling.

    Employers may be concerned that some employees use company computers and smart phones for sending emails to friends, updating social network accounts, or even shopping online. This is a problem which can be difficult for line managers to control, as employees can switch quickly on screen between their work and personal use.

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  • Proposed changes to the system for enforcing employment rights

    19 November 2014
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    The Workplace Relations Bill 2014 proposes to reform the system for regulating employment rights by abolishing the Equality Authority, National Employment Rights Authority, Labour Relations Commission and the Employment Appeals Tribunal and replacing them with the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

    The problem with the existing system was that it is so complex that even practitioners had difficulty navigating it; there were long delays scheduling hearings and further delays in issuing decisions; it was open to abuse (Forum Shopping- referring the same case to a number of different bodies) and it could cost €4000 to €10000 to defend a case.

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