Category: The Employment Contract

  • The Domino’s Pizza Delivery Drivers High Court Case-Employees or Self-Employed?

    Are pizza delivery workers employees or self-employed? This is a question that the Irish High Court has addressed with a judgment in December 2019 in a case involving Domino’s Pizza delivery drivers. It is an issue that has previously been addressed in the UK courts in cases involving Uber and Deliveroo delivery drivers. But this…

  • 3 Takeaways from the Ryanair V Peter Bellew High Court Case

    The High Court case between Ryanair DAC and Peter Bellew is an important one because it gives us further guidance in the area of restrictive covenants in the contract of employment. A restrictive covenant is basically a covenant in a contract of employment preventing a departing employee from working for a competitor for a certain…

  • Was Doctor an Employee or Self Employed Contractor?

    Employee or self employed? This was the case of a medical doctor with his own practice who claimed he was an employee in respect of his work for a training provider. This is a common issue: whether an individual was an employee or was self-employed, notwithstanding the statement in a contract that the individual was…

  • Important Lessons from High Court Fixed Term Contract Case

    A recent High Court case involving a teacher and a school board of management in an employment dispute is worth looking at. The case is The Board of Management of Malahide Community School v Conaty [2019] IEHC 486 and you can read the full decision of the High Court here. The High Court decided that…

  • Counter-offers in the Formation of Binding Contracts-What You Should Know

    I am occasionally contacted by employees who have attempted to negotiate a contract of employment but difficulties have arisen and they want to sue for breach of contract. The first thing that needs to be addressed, however, is whether a binding, enforceable contract has been entered into between the employee and the employer with whom…