Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ombudsman Amendment Act 2012

The Ombudsman (Amendment) Act 2012 brings over 180 additional public bodies under the remit of the Ombudsman with effect from 1 May 2013. It is not possible to supply a definitive list of these public bodies as the Act provides for a general description of the types of "reviewable agencies" that will come within remit. However, this Office has compiled an indicative list of these public bodies. The Ombudsman can examine complaints in relation to the 'administrative actions' of these public bodies which occur on or after 1 May 2013 only. The Act contains a specific list of public bodies which are not within the Ombudsman's remit. via Ombudsman Amendment Act 2012 - The Office of the Ombudsman....
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Official Opening of Dell Bank in Ireland

Dell Financial Services EMEA HQ located in Ireland following the award of a banking licence from the Central Bank of Ireland. 200 employees planned for first phase of Dell Financial Services. “We are delighted to build on our existing presence in Ireland through the establishment of the Dublin-based Dell Bank International Limited. This development is a further example of the continued investment in our Irish operations in Cork, Dublin and Limerick. “We are delighted with the support received from the Government and the Central Bank of Ireland which has enabled us to secure a full commercial banking licence. As a result, we plan to build out our financing business from here, facilitating our goal to bring a diverse range of financial solutions to our customers...
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“Common Law Marriage” myth needs addressing

A survey of MPs  in the UK has revealed that 69% of Parliamentarians agree there is a mistaken belief in the existence of “common law marriage” among their constituents, and that 57% believe the law needs to be changed to provide greater protection for unmarried couples upon separation. New polling shows 7 in 10 Parliamentarians agree there is a mistaken belief in common law marriage. Three quarters of MPs agree legal rights for unmarried cohabiting couples unclear, with 60% believing there is a need for greater legal protection for unmarried couples upon separation. Results come as Liberal Democrats due to debate issue at Party Conference today. read more at  “Common Law Marriage” myth needs addressing, say MPs - Media centre - Resolution - first for family law....
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Health & Safety Obligations for Irish Employers

Health and safety in the workplace in Ireland places very onerous obligations on employers. Health and safety law in the workplace derives from
  • Common law and
  • Statutory regulation.
  Under common law there is a general duty of care owed by employers to their employees. Regardless of any piece of legislation such as the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, employers have always had a common law duty to provide a safe place of work/premises. health-and-safety-in-the-workplace Broadly the employers’ obligations can be summarised under 5 categories including via Health and Safety Obligations for Irish Employers | Employment Rights Ireland....
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California Want’s Strong Food-Safety Laws

The job of implementing new food-safety legislation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) isn’t getting any easier for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pressure is mounting from some small farmers, foreign producers and consumer activist groups, who each have their own take on how the law should – or should not be – finalized. Meanwhile, the issue of funding the cost of this sweeping legislation has still not been settled. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the challenge of making FSMA a reality is growing more and more complex. via California's Leafy Greens Producers Want Strong Food-Safety Laws | Food Safety News....
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Employment Law Bill To Protect Whistleblowers

Employment Law And Benefits Update Government Publishes Bill To Protect Whistleblowers

On 3 July 2013, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, published the Protected Disclosure Bill 2013 (the "Bill") which he referred to as "Ireland's legal framework for combating corruption". This is the first time that a single overarching piece of legislation will apply to protect whistleblowers in all sectors of the economy. The need for robust whistleblower legislation has never been more apparent than in recent times. Internationally, the Snowden saga has raised questions as to the extent to which workers are protected if they disclose information about actions of their employer where they believe wrongdoing has occurred. Nationally, we have experienced a financial crisis which has exposed significant shortcomings in the transparency and corporate governance of...
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Evidence suggests acute injury risk to players

When Kilkenny’s Richie Power was taken off on a stretcher after suffering a collision in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final against Cork this summer, people realised then, had they not already, that concussion is no longer the preserve of very aggressive professional boxing and American football. Dementia pugilistica is an old and well-catalogued condition. But only in recent years has it become one of the most serious modern concerns in amateur and professional sport. Players are not honest about it. Coaches ignore it and some people believe that a magic sponge cures it.Nothing could be further from the truth. According to support group Acquired Brain Injury ABI, concussion is the third most common match day injury. It happens in schools, at club level and in...
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