Successful briefing on the everchanging employment law

Collins McNicholas & Purdy Fitzgerald Solicitors yesterday hosted a major Employment Law Breakfast Briefing in the Clayton Hotel where clients from within the multinational, Irish indigenous, SMEs and public sector from across the re%gion provided an overview on recent updates in legislation.

The event covered key areas such as dealing with legal issues around social media in the workplace, an update on corporate bullying and retirement ages in the Irish context, selection criteria for redundancies and the use of the employment law injunction provisions.

Key note speaker was Alastair Purdy, Partner in Purdy FitzGerald Solicitors and he focused on the key areas listed above whilst also referring to the recent developments regarding fixed term workers and finally giving a general update on the most recent changes within legislation.

Mr Purdy is an expert in Labour Law having spent a number of years working at HR Director and manager level within the manufacturing, retail and financial services sectors so he brought a HR practitioner’s view to employment matters backed with sound legal advice and expertise.

Purdy Fitzgerald were the first company to launch Ireland's first On-Call Employment Law & HR Service which provides on-going advice on all employment law and HR matters for a fixed monthly fee dependant on the number of employees you have.

Purdy Fitzgerald have become recognized as one of Ireland's leading law firms in Employment Law - advising a substantial number of both indigenous Irish and multinational Companies. Purdy FitzGerald was formed by the merger of Purdy Legal and F.M. FitzGerald solicitors in 2009. The firm is headed by Alastair Purdy and Norman Fitzgerald who recognised the need for a dedicated business law Firm to serve the market in the West of Ireland. They offer specialist legal advice in the areas of employment law, corporate and commercial law, litigation and dispute resolution, private client and conveyancing. Their goal is to help employers run their businesses by managing any and all commercial, employment, health, safety, litigation and environmental legal matters in a practical and efficient manner.

Michelle Murphy, Regional Manager Collins McNicholas said they are delighted with the success of this annual employment legislation update – now more than even businesses of all sizes need to be aware what is happening within employment legislation in order to face any particular issues that may arise within the day to day operations.

With over 22 years expertise and extensive nationwide presence with offices based in Galway (Head Office ), Cork, Dublin, Athlone and Sligo - Collins McNicholas are experts in providing recruitment assistance in a range of sectors including executive recruitment, technical engineering, supply chain, information technology, human resources and all commercial recruitment such as customer service/multilingual, sales and marketing, etc…

At the event, Collins McNicholas will also formally launched their ‘Outplacement Plus’ offering which can provide many benefits to the employer who may need to downsize – providing consultation, coaching and advice to the employees thus giving them the confidence to determine the next steps in their career.

The Outplacement Plus model then offers the individual expert recruitment assistance to face the jobs market and ensure they have the proper professional assistance to secure the next role in their career path.

Aside from permanent recruitment services Collins McNicholas also provide temporary and contractor recruitment services to a range of companies nationwide including operators, trades qualified personnel, technicians and engineers and support personnel ) so if you are planning on taking on some extra personnel you may consider this route for hiring specific employees.

Manager Michelle Murphy stated that this is ‘beneficial around specific projects or ramp up periods where the employees are on Collins McNicholas books directly until you decide you may be interested in taking them on full-time and transfer them to your books’. She added ‘we can work with the company and select a process that suits the need of your company for the vacancies they have at present, ensuring the candidates are vetted, psychometric assessed, provide dexterity and/or numerical testing and ensure full reference checks are completed thus taking this task away from HR in the company giving them time to concentrate on other strategic needs within the company’.


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