Employment Law


We have successfully represented financial institutions and multinational companies in their dealings with unions and employees including the preparation and implementation of redundancy schemes. We are completely familiar with the vast array of Employment related Legislation and Regulations and are in a position to offer advice and assistance to all clients on all Employment and Employment related matters. We advise clients on their day to day dealings with Employees and defend claims arising from Redundancy, Unfair Dismissal, Harassment, Discrimination, Equality issues and other Employment related complaints.

On the Employees side, we represent and advise Employees on their rights and entitlements and have advanced claims through negotiations as well as through the Courts and Tribunals. We have brought and defended Injunction Applications in the High Court relating to Dismissal and other Employment issues.

As part of our services we offer assistance and advice in the following areas:

  • Employment Contracts – Terms & Conditions;
  • Employee Handbooks;
  • Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures;
  • Health & Safety Procedures;
  • Self-employed Contracts;
  • Agency Agreements;
  • Shareholders Agreements;
  • Profit Participation Agreements;

Advising in relation to Employment Issues including:

  • Employer’s Liability
  • Occupational Injuries and Diseases;
  • Unfair Dismissal;
  • Redundancy;
  • Discrimination/Harassment;
  • Non-Compete Clauses;
  • Restrictive Covenants;
  • Transfer of an Employer’s Business;
  • Employer’s Insolvency;
  • Recruitment;
  • Equality;
  • Disputes & Strikes;

Advising in Relation to Employment Legislation including:

  • Carer’s Leave Act 2001
  • Employment Agency Act 1971
  • Employment Equality Act, 1998 and 2004
  • Employer’s Liability – Contractual Statutory & Common Law
  • Equal Status Act 2000
  • European Communities (Protection of Employees on Transfer of Undertakings) Regulations 2003
  • EC Information and Consultation Directive No. 14/02
  • Health & Safety Act 1989
  • Industrial Relations Acts 1990 to 2001
  • Maternity Protection Act 1994 and 2004
  • Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973 to 1991,
  • National Minimum Wage Act 2000
  • Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997
  • Parental Leave Act 1998
  • Payment of Wages Act 1991
  • Pensions Amendment Act 2002.
  • Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003
  • Protection of Employees (Part-Time Work) Act, 2001
  • Protection of Employees (Employer Insolvency) Acts 1984 to 1991
  • Protection of Employment Act 1977
  • Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act 1996
  • Redundancy Payments Acts 1967 to 2003
  • Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994-2001
  • Unfair Dismissal Acts 1977 to 1993

On behalf of clients we prosecute and defend Employment Related Claims in the:

  • High Court;
  • Circuit Court;
  • Employment Appeals Tribunal;
  • Labour Relations Commission;
  • Labour Court.

Related Insights - News & Publications

Legal Right To Paternal Leave

18 August 2016 by Alban O'Callaghan, Trainee Solicitor

The Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 was recently passed by the Dáil and marks a significant step forward for paternal rights in the workplace. As of the 1st of September 2016, a relevant parent, as defined under the Act, will be statutorily entitled to two weeks paid paternity leave from their employment.

New Rights for Individuals in upcoming Data Protection Reform

12 April 2016 by McKeever Solicitors and Robert F. Browne, Partner

The General Data Protection Regulation due to become law later this year will spur businesses to review their data policies and procedures to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the new regulation.

Is there a role for Body Worn Cameras in security monitoring?

5 February 2016 by McKeever Solicitors and Robert F. Browne, Partner

Have you ever had that funny feeling that you are being secretly watched? Is it legal for others to secretly keep watch and record our movements?

The answer to that is that it depends on where you are and what you are doing.

The Workplace Relations Act 2015

30 November 2015 by McKeever Solicitors

The Workplace Relations Act 2015 (“the Act”) commenced 1 October. The Act provides for changes to the bodies and procedures concerning resolution, mediation and adjudication of industrial disputes and complaints about breaches in employment legislation.

New Sick Leave Holiday Entitlement

31 March 2015 by McKeever Solicitors

Under current Irish legislation, employees do not accrue statutory holiday entitlement while absent on sick leave. The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 awards holiday entitlement for time actually worked.

High Court Upholds Labour Court OWTA Determination

17 July 2014 by Andrew Clarke, Solicitor

The recent High Court judgment in the case of Piotr Bryszewski v Fitzpatricks and Hanleys Limited trading as Caterway 1 has important implications for employers and employees in Ireland. The judgment was delivered following the employee’s appeal from the Labour Court.

Engaging Persons with Employee Status versus Commercial Agents

6 November 2013 by McKeever Solicitors

Companies establishing a subsidiary in Ireland or companies in a start-up situation naturally are concerned to minimise costs. They must decide whether it Is is more advantageous to engage employees from day one or engage persons as self-employed intermediaries.

Key Contacts
Andrew Clarke
Solicitor

IFSC, Dublin
Andrew also advises on corporate structures, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the Charity sector, company law compliance and corporate governance.

T: +353 (0) 1 670 2990

F: +353 (0) 1 670 2988

E: aclarke@mckr.ie

Ciara Meskell
Solicitor

IFSC, Dublin
Ciara specialises in commercial litigation and employment law, with an emphasis on the financial sector.

T: +353 (0) 1 670 2990

F: +353 (0) 1 670 2988

E: cmeskell@mckr.ie



Employment Law


We have successfully represented financial institutions and multinational companies in their dealings with unions and employees including the preparation and implementation of redundancy schemes. We are completely familiar with the vast array of Employment related Legislation and Regulations and are in a position to offer advice and assistance to all clients on all Employment and Employment related matters. We advise clients on their day to day dealings with Employees and defend claims arising from Redundancy, Unfair Dismissal, Harassment, Discrimination, Equality issues and other Employment related complaints.

On the Employees side, we represent and advise Employees on their rights and entitlements and have advanced claims through negotiations as well as through the Courts and Tribunals. We have brought and defended Injunction Applications in the High Court relating to Dismissal and other Employment issues.

As part of our services we offer assistance and advice in the following areas:

  • Employment Contracts – Terms & Conditions;
  • Employee Handbooks;
  • Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures;
  • Health & Safety Procedures;
  • Self-employed Contracts;
  • Agency Agreements;
  • Shareholders Agreements;
  • Profit Participation Agreements;

Advising in relation to Employment Issues including:

  • Employer’s Liability
  • Occupational Injuries and Diseases;
  • Unfair Dismissal;
  • Redundancy;
  • Discrimination/Harassment;
  • Non-Compete Clauses;
  • Restrictive Covenants;
  • Transfer of an Employer’s Business;
  • Employer’s Insolvency;
  • Recruitment;
  • Equality;
  • Disputes & Strikes;

Advising in Relation to Employment Legislation including:

  • Carer’s Leave Act 2001
  • Employment Agency Act 1971
  • Employment Equality Act, 1998 and 2004
  • Employer’s Liability – Contractual Statutory & Common Law
  • Equal Status Act 2000
  • European Communities (Protection of Employees on Transfer of Undertakings) Regulations 2003
  • EC Information and Consultation Directive No. 14/02
  • Health & Safety Act 1989
  • Industrial Relations Acts 1990 to 2001
  • Maternity Protection Act 1994 and 2004
  • Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973 to 1991,
  • National Minimum Wage Act 2000
  • Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997
  • Parental Leave Act 1998
  • Payment of Wages Act 1991
  • Pensions Amendment Act 2002.
  • Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003
  • Protection of Employees (Part-Time Work) Act, 2001
  • Protection of Employees (Employer Insolvency) Acts 1984 to 1991
  • Protection of Employment Act 1977
  • Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act 1996
  • Redundancy Payments Acts 1967 to 2003
  • Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994-2001
  • Unfair Dismissal Acts 1977 to 1993

On behalf of clients we prosecute and defend Employment Related Claims in the:

  • High Court;
  • Circuit Court;
  • Employment Appeals Tribunal;
  • Labour Relations Commission;
  • Labour Court.

Related Insights -
News & Publications

Legal Right To Paternal Leave

18 August 2016 by Alban O'Callaghan, Trainee Solicitor


The Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 was recently passed by the Dáil and marks a significant step forward for paternal rights in the workplace. As of the 1st of September 2016, a relevant parent, as defined under the Act, will be statutorily entitled to two weeks paid paternity leave from their employment.

New Rights for Individuals in upcoming Data Protection Reform

12 April 2016 by McKeever Solicitors and Robert F. Browne, Partner


The General Data Protection Regulation due to become law later this year will spur businesses to review their data policies and procedures to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the new regulation.

Is there a role for Body Worn Cameras in security monitoring?

5 February 2016 by McKeever Solicitors and Robert F. Browne, Partner


Have you ever had that funny feeling that you are being secretly watched? Is it legal for others to secretly keep watch and record our movements?

The answer to that is that it depends on where you are and what you are doing.

The Workplace Relations Act 2015

30 November 2015 by McKeever Solicitors


The Workplace Relations Act 2015 (“the Act”) commenced 1 October. The Act provides for changes to the bodies and procedures concerning resolution, mediation and adjudication of industrial disputes and complaints about breaches in employment legislation.

New Sick Leave Holiday Entitlement

31 March 2015 by McKeever Solicitors


Under current Irish legislation, employees do not accrue statutory holiday entitlement while absent on sick leave. The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 awards holiday entitlement for time actually worked.

High Court Upholds Labour Court OWTA Determination

17 July 2014 by Andrew Clarke, Solicitor


The recent High Court judgment in the case of Piotr Bryszewski v Fitzpatricks and Hanleys Limited trading as Caterway 1 has important implications for employers and employees in Ireland. The judgment was delivered following the employee’s appeal from the Labour Court.

Engaging Persons with Employee Status versus Commercial Agents

6 November 2013 by McKeever Solicitors


Companies establishing a subsidiary in Ireland or companies in a start-up situation naturally are concerned to minimise costs. They must decide whether it Is is more advantageous to engage employees from day one or engage persons as self-employed intermediaries.

Key Contacts
Andrew Clarke

Solicitor

IFSC, Dublin
Andrew also advises on corporate structures, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the Charity sector, company law compliance and corporate governance.

Tel: +353 (0) 1 670 2990

Fax: +353 (0) 1 670 2988

Email: aclarke@mckr.ie

Ciara Meskell

Solicitor

IFSC, Dublin
Ciara specialises in commercial litigation and employment law, with an emphasis on the financial sector.

Tel: +353 (0) 1 670 2990

Fax: +353 (0) 1 670 2988

Email: cmeskell@mckr.ie