Employment Law Starting a Business

Free Report: “9 Simple Money Saving Tips for Irish Employers”


Are you an employer?

Do you worry about the cost of employment related claims against you?

Would you be ready for a NERA inspection next week?

Do you know how to safely carry out a disciplinary procedure?

Are you concerned about the correct way to deal with an employee absent on long term sick leave?

Or how to handle bullying in the workplace?

Employers face a huge number of issues on a regular basis. And it’s easy to get things wrong leaving you open to a successful claim by an unhappy employee.

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Could This Simple Mistake Cost You Your Business?


Imagine this.

You’ve worked hard to build up a solid base of clients in your hairdressing or beauty salon business.

It hasn’t been easy, but you began to see the fruits of your hard work, long hours, and commitment pay off around 12 months ago.

In fact, it got so busy that you had to take on another hairdresser and, after fielding applications and interviews, you took on Nigel 9 months ago.

Nigel seemed to be the perfect person for the job; he was originally from the area and had spent the last 5 years in Dublin working in one of the country’s top salons gaining valuable experience.

You agreed the main parts of his employment contract-his salary and working hours-and things have gone surprisingly smoothly. You didn’t give him a written contract because you were both happy enough and the real meat of the agreement was how much he would be paid and how many hours per week he would work, and you were agreed on this.

You noticed that he got on great with all your clients and they really liked him.

Last weekend, though, you heard some disturbing news: you were told Nigel was going to set up his own salon on the Main Street in your town. You didn’t believe it at first, but couldn’t help worrying about it because there was a nagging concern in the back of your head.

If it was true, it would not be hard to imagine pulling a lot of your clients with him.

Then you notice a friend of his wishing him well on his new venture on his Facebook page.  You can’t wait any longer and you confront Nigel and put the disturbing rumours to him.

Nigel confirms your worst fears and gives you a month’s notice.

You ring a solicitor with your questions:

  1. Can you dismiss him immediately?
  2. Do you have to give him notice? If so, how much?
  3. Will he have a case for unfair dismissal?
  4. Do you have to pay him if you terminate his employment today?
  5. Can he bring your clients with him?

You’re told that you can dismiss him and, while he is entitled to one week’s notice, he does not have the required 12 months’ service to bring a claim for unfair dismissal.

But you now quickly realise that the most serious aspect of this whole affair is Nigel setting up his new competing business on Main Street, and the danger of you losing a lot of your clients-clients you had spent years acquiring.

And the most stomach churning part of the whole affair?

You now know that if you had a written contract in place from the start of Nigel’s employment you could have protected yourself and your business with a non-compete clause.

This non-compete covenant may have only lasted for 12 months after Nigel left, and it may only apply to a limited geographical area, for example your town or County, but it would have been a huge help, wouldn’t it?

Because if Nigel had to click his heels and wait for 12 months before starting on Main Street maybe he would thought twice about quitting now; and if he couldn’t set up in your town maybe he would have started his business far enough away from you that it would have no impact on your existing clients.

The sad thing is you will never know now because there is no non-compete clause, because there is no contract.

There are plenty of risks involved in running your own business-some avoidable, some unavoidable.

Putting a written contract in place for all your employees is not expensive, and a well drafted one specifically for your needs might even help save your business.

Learn more about contracts of employment here.

Employment Law

How to Quickly and Easily Find Answers to Your Employment Law Questions


Employment law and human resources management can be the single biggest problem facing small business owners on a daily basis.

This is why I have written about it extensively on a site of its own:

There you will find a comprehensive look at

  • Unfair dismissals
  • Constructive dismissals
  • The employment contract
  • TUPE (transfer of undertakings) regulations
  • Data protection
  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Annual leave and how to calculate holiday entitlements/time off
  • Working time
  • Employers’ obligations to employees under various pieces of employment and equality legislation
  • Redundancy
  • Fixed term and part time employees
  • Equality and discrimination in the workplace
  • How to deal with employees’ claims
  • Termination of employment and fair procedures in disciplinary hearings
  • Workplace policies and procedures
  • The various venues for bringing claims such as the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

The average payout for an unfair dismissal claim in 2012 was a little north of €18,000.

Throw in the time required to defend a claim and the cost of professional representation at a hearing and it is something that employers are understandably worried about.

It is cheaper and smarter to take all the necessary steps to avoid such claims in the first place rather than to be involved in a firefighting exercise when a complaint is made.

The steps required are not too onerous.

But you do have to take them seriously.

I have another site you might be interested in: I started it to report on decisions of the Employment Appeals Tribunal, the Labour Court, the Equality Tribunal, and the Courts.

I had to quit it. Quite frankly there were so many decisions coming so thick and fast that I couldn’t keep up-it would have taken up too much of my time.

I prefer to help employers avoid such claims and my time was better spent at that. Nevertheless there are some interesting decisions recorded on that site which will give you a good look into the thinking of the decision makers.

Most of your questions concerning employment law in Ireland should be answered on this site though.

If you have a question that isn’t answered there contact me through this site or the other one