Thursday, June 20, 2013
As business managers or as advisers to businesses, you know that in an evolving business environment having accurate and up-to-date information at your fingertips places you at a distinct advantage over your competitors.
At M J O'Connor Solicitors we play our part in keeping our clients and associates ahead of their competition when it comes to legal knowledge. That is why every quarter we will share our legal knowledge with you in those areas of legal practice which impact on how you do business. The Brief is our round-up of those developments within national and EU legislation and legal practice which will help you anticipate future change and adjust to the ever evolving legal and regulatory environment. Most importantly, we ensure that you can use legal knowledge to your advantage, which is what M J O'Connor Solicitors do best - turning legal knowledge into business sense.
The Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Act 2010 became law on 21 December 2010. The Act introduces interesting provisions which affect employment rights of directors and officers of financial institutions. Sections of the Act have already been utilised by the Minister for Finance in relation to a bank.
The Multi Unit Developments Act 2011 became law on 1 April 2011. The Act seeks to address problems relating to the ownership and management of the common areas of both existing and new multi-unit developments, the completion of such developments and issues surrounding service charges applicable to same. The Act also seeks to provide improved mechanisms for facilitating the better management of the bodies (usually management companies) responsible for the management of such common areas. The Act is of critical importance to developers, directors of management companies and owners of properties in developments. Read more ...
This decision issued from the Tribunal in February and has only recently been published. It involved a complaint of discrimination on the grounds of gender contrary to Section 6(2)(a) of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2008 in terms of access to employment.
The claimant alleged that the company withdrew the offer of a ten month contract because she revealed that she was pregnant. The Tribunal found that there had been discrimination and awarded her compensation of €12,697.
The Equality Tribunal has recently published a determination where it awarded €35,400 in damages after it found that the Claimant had been discriminated against on grounds of gender and disability.
This is the first major decision where the Tribunal has recognised the inclusion of transgender people under the gender heading of the Legislation.