Zero Does Not Always Mean Nothing

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Recent pickets on Dunnes Stores by many of its employees attracted significant media attention.  There was much commentary in respect of ‘zero-hours’ contracts and what an abomination they are!  The strong implication, in news items that did not explain the issues, was that zero-hours contract meant no pay.  The general …

Are the Tides Turning on reluctance to order Reinstatement?

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The recent case of Bank of Ireland v Reilly [1] causes a rethink of the traditional reluctance of the courts/tribunals to order reinstatement in cases of unfair dismissal.  Traditionally, the view has been that in cases of dismissal, even among those which are deemed to have been unfair, the relationship …

Alleged Gross Misconduct: To suspend or not to suspend…

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An Unfair Dismissals case recently determined by the High Court gave consideration to the appropriateness of the suspension of a member of staff pending investigation.  The alleged misconduct concerned a breach of the bank’s email policy but the decision to suspend Mr Reilly was made by a regional branch manager who …