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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Emplyment law on the agenda for Chamber lunch

Catriona Murphy, chief executive, Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce; Adrian Twomey, Jacob & Twomey Solicitors and Dearbhala Casey, Irish Country Meats
Catriona Murphy, chief executive, Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce; Adrian Twomey, Jacob & Twomey Solicitors and Dearbhala Casey, Irish Country Meats
Eileen Cullen, Quad Venture; Christian O’Brien, VMI Providers and Helen Meade, Reynaers Aluminium

The Enniscorthy business community was out in force on Friday as Enniscorthy & District Chamber hosted a special presentation on Employment Law with Adrian Twomey of Jacob & Twomey Solicitors at Kilcannon Garden Centre.

A topic that is growing in significance with the implementation of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) across Europe, Adrian offered some helpful advice to those in attendance when it comes to approaching employment law.

Firstly, Adrian pointed out that there are a lot of people 'peddling fear' when it comes to employment law. With a total of 27 acts in Irish law and thousands of regulations, he said it's easy to get bogged down and up to €70million can be paid out in compensation each year. Firstly, Adrian stressed the importance of employers putting employment contracts in place along with a grievance procedure for employees.

He said it was vital to talk employees through these procedures and policies and communication was vital to avoid anything that could effect a law suit down the line.

In relation to GDPR, he pointed out that it will come into effect across Europe from May 25 and will have a big impact. From that point forwards, companies will need consent to process any data relating to customers or employees and this consent can also be withdrawn.

It creates a tricky situation for businesses and Adrian recommended that people familiarise themselves with GDPR regulations going forward.

Chamber CEO Catriona Murphy said that they were prepared for this and they planned to deliver GDPR training on April 19. She thanked everyone who attended on the day and encouraged them to keep an eye for upcoming events.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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