Working 9 to 5?
Flexibility in the workplace and compliance with employment law
For some time now, there has been much discussion about the growth in new forms of work, with a suggestion that complexity in the employment relationship is on the increase. In fact, various independent studies do not identify any such increase, and yet anything that falls outside of the traditional 9 to 5, Monday to Friday pattern is viewed as not being the “norm”. Employers are observing that contractual arrangements which do not fit this pattern (for whatever reason) are becoming ever more heavily regulated. Over the last number of years, we have seen the introduction of legislation regulating fixed-term and part-time work, temporary agency work and the proposed legislation addressing zero hours and variable hours arrangements.
It is right and understandable that employees are given as much security as is reasonably possible in their roles and that the law does not facilitate the very small minority of arrangements where an unfair lack of predictability of working hours or security of tenure has led to exploitative working conditions. However, at a time when work practices are adapting to new technologies, greater work life balance is being promoted, and there is ever greater pressure on employers to facilitate employees in the taking of parental and other forms of leave, an appropriate balance is needed in any workplace between the needs of employees and employers for flexibility.
Over the course of this one-day event, Ibec solicitors will review existing legislation and codes of practice on fixed-term, part-time and agency work, examining up to date case law and EU developments. We will also assess in detail cases determining whether an individual should be considered an employee or self-employed, analysing related guidelines such as the Revenue Commissioner’s Code of Practice for Determining Employment or Self-Employment Status of Individuals and recent reports addressing the issue of “contingent employment”.
Date: 18 October 2018
Contact our Programme Administrator Quelba Lima to discuss further
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Those attending this event can gain a Certification of Completion from Ibec Management Training for CPD points