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Employment Law

An employee is a person engaged under a contract of service. If you are an employer, your employees are likely to have this type of contract and are, therefore, protected by the full range of employment legislation.

Note the difference between a contract of service and a contract for service.  The latter is generally used when an employer is engaging an independent contractor or self-employed person for a job. When a contract of service, (or employment contract) is in place, employees and employers are clear from the outset on respective duties and entitlements and so disputes can be avoided.  Disputes, however, will often arise regardless and John A. Sinnott & Co. Solicitors Wexford, can assist either employer or employee in these instances.

If you are an employer, we can help you with:

  • Preparing Contracts of Employment
  • Preparing Employee Handbooks
  • Preparing Policies and Codes of Practice e.g. Online Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, Disciplinary Procedures
  • Redundancy and Termination of Employment Advice
  • Health and Safety Legislation
  • GDPR
  • NERA Inspections
  • Appearance before a Rights Commissioner, Labour Relations Commission, Labour Court, Workplace Relations Commission, Equality Authority and related Courts
  • Injury at Work and Employers’ Liability
  • Disputes

For employers, our approach is to provide strategic advice for the long-term success of your business.  We want your business to be as successful as it can be and so will be mindful of the bigger picture and not just the issue at hand.

The National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) is the statutory body appointed to ensure employers’ compliance with employment legislation.  In recent years, this legislation has been updated considerably in relation to rights such as minimum wage, break entitlements, annual leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, parental leave, safety at work, treatment in the workplace etc. Keep up to date with this legislation here.

Whether you are and employer or an employee in need of assistance, contact us.  We can help you.

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