Redundancy and Dismissal: Hints, Tips and Solution-Focused Answers for Employers

Tue 23 October 2018

The Gibson Hotel Point Square Dublin

Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 of Ireland's Sharpest Lawyers

5 hrs CPD

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  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Introduction

    Redundancy and Dismissal: hints, tips and solution-focused answers for employers

    Chaired by: Patrick Walshe of Philip Lee Solicitors

    Patrick is a frequent commentator on TV, Radio and the National Press. He has a high reputation for "great commercial acumen" and "holding his clients back from risks."

  3. Sickness leave

    How many "false dawns" of a return to work do you allow an employee on long-term sickness leave?

    Answered by: Jennifer Cashman of Ronan Daly Jermyn

    Jennifer is named in the "Women in Law Awards" for her outstanding legal work. She brings a huge number of the most closely-watched employment cases to the table.

  4. Harassment

    In the spotlight of sexual harassment, what is the correct response to a complaint, especially if it revolves around banter?

    Answered by: Duncan Inverarity of A&L Goodbody

    Duncan is "a problem-solver - highly effective and pragmatic when dealing with HR and managers." He is co-author of “Employment Law in Ireland.”

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Selection

    What are the red lines of bad practice when it comes to putting together a redundancy selection process?

    Answered by: Aoife Bradley of LK Shields

    Aoife is "razor sharp, incredibly clued up and achieves sensational results." She advises on investigations, suspensions, disciplinary and grievance issues.

  7. Investigations

    What counts as fair and not fair at the investigatory stage?

    Just what is fair enough?

    Answered by: Mary Brassil of McCann FitzGerald

    Mary receives "universal plaudits for her contentious employment law practice." Clients include Sysco Corporation, Hostelworld and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

  8. Over-run

  9. Lunch

  10. Stress

    How do you conclude a situation where poor performance is driven by short, intermittent sickness absences caused by stress?

    Answered by: Michelle Ní Longáin, ByrneWallace

    Michelle is co-author of both the Law Society’s employment and discrimination manuals. She is “incredibly impressive;” her “knowledge and skill is unparalleled.”

  11. Protected conversations

    Using live examples, what is the root cause of the trouble with protected conversations?

    Where and why do they go wrong?

    Answered by: Alice Duffy of Matheson

    Alice is immensely experienced, a great communicator and at the forefront of developments. She completed a secondment as EMEA Employment Counsel for LinkedIn.

  12. Reasonable adjustments

    After making reasonable adjustments, what are your options when there is (1) no improvement in performance or (2) improvement, but not that much?

    Answered by: Ronnie Neville of Mason Hayes & Curran

    Ronnie has a particular talent for dealing with discrimination law. He chairs the IBA's Disability Working Group and sits on its Discrimination Committee.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference