Employment Law (why it exists & where it came from)

Employment law exists to regulate the relationship between businesses and their employees. By complying with relevant legislation, both employers and their staff members can ensure that their hiring processes, dismissal processes, and their workplace as a whole, are fair for every individual. 

There are so many laws relating to HRM practices because they need to protect the rights of both employers and employees. Since this humanized factor of work is so important they must take proper precautions. There can be varying problems that can arise, regarding race, culture, and even health.   In recent years, the relationship between employer and employee has been regulated more and more by legislation, much of which originated at EU level. 

Human Resources management has also undergone significant change, with most organisations facing the challenge of keeping up to date and compliant with the changes in employment whilst managing staff at all levels in a difficult environment, particularly with the un-precedented issues associated with Covid 19.    

Employers will be aware of the importance of  Employment Contract and Company Handbooks, you should also ensure that the  following Employment Law issues are including in any documentation as they are relevant in 2020. 

  1. EU Directive on work-life balance – family friendly changes. 
  1. Minimum Wage increases. 
  1. Working Time Records. 
  1. Accomodating employees with disabilities. 
  1. Right to legal representation in internal disciplinary proceedings. 
  1. Maternity Leave discrimination. 
  1. Age discrimination and mandatory retirement ages. 

It is vitally important, if you do not have a dedicated HR department within your organisation, to avail of a third party consultant, who will provide specialist advice in all the necessary codes of practice. 

If you requite further information, please contact us at info@cooneycarey.ie 

Blog written by Áine Mulligan