Health and Safety

Vaccinations in the workplace, returning to work and related issues

Many employers are frustrated by the legal advice that they are not permitted to enquire about the vaccination status of their employees. This is the legal position, and it arises from a couple of sources: The Office of the Data Protection commissioner has indicated that this type of data, being health data, is in a …

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Reporting of Accidents in the Workplace-the Legal Obligations

Many accidents in the workplace must be reported to the Health and Safety Authority, as provided for in the SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE AT WORK (GENERAL APPLICATION) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) REGULATIONS 2016. What must be reported are Accidents and Dangerous occurrences Workplace accidents So, which accidents must be reported? Where an employee dies as a …

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Employee fired for failing to return to work due to Covid 19 concerns-not an unfair dismissal

Refusing to return to work, or serious concerns, about health and safety as a consequence of the Covid 19 pandemic are a common issue in 2021. I have heard from a good deal of employees over the last 12 to 18 months with a wide range of questions and issues about returning to work, the …

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Workplace harassment definition, sexual harassment definition and workplace bullying

Workplace harassment and sexual harassment definitions can be found in section 14A of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2015. Section 14A of the Employment Equality Act 1998 Revised provides: Harassment and sexual harassment. 14A. — (1) For the purposes of this Act, where — ( a ) an employee (in this section referred to …

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The Work Safely Protocol-updated May 2021

The Work Safely Protocol, published by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is an important document for employers and employees. A Return-to-Work Safely Protocol was first published in May 2020. This updated protocol is the second revision of the original protocol. It provides guidance on ventilation and vaccinations, antigen testing in the workplace and …

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