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Employment Law Update - 14th November

(31 Oct 2019)




Employment Law Committee



14 November 2019


84/86 Lower Baggot Street

Dublin 2



EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE – Gender Pay Gap Reporting in Ireland - where are we now? An overview of the European Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions and priorities for the WRC 2020

Ailbhe Dennehy, will explain that mandatory gender pay gap reporting in Ireland is no longer a question of “if” but a question of “when”, Ciaran O‘Mara, will outline the implications of the European Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions on the Irish employment landscape and Ciara O’Kennedy will provide an overview of the main priorities for the WRC in 2020.

Ailbhe Dennehy – will discuss the much-anticipated text of the Government’s Gender Pay Gap Information Bill, published earlier this year and predicted to be enacted before the year is out.  This legislative measure envisages requiring certain Irish employers to report and publish details of both their gender pay gap and gender bonus gaps. Ailbhe will talk you through the key aspects of the Bill and set out a number of practical steps employers should be taking now in preparation.  

Ciaran O’Mara – will provide a deep-dive into the Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions which will take effect in EU Member States no later than 1 August 2022. Ciaran will provide an insight into the key elements of the Directive, including the provision of information to employees, probationary periods and minimum predictability of work, as well as exploring the interplay between the incoming Directive and the existing Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018.

Ciara O’Kennedy – will provide an overview of the ambitious priority list for the Workplace Relations Commissions in 2020, to include details of a pilot postponement scheme, the implications of the Zalewski decision and provide practical guidance on what the WRC considers to be best practice.  


Chair: Rhona Murphy – Rhona is the Head of Employment in IBEC.  Rhona qualified as a solicitor in 1999. She worked in private practice for a number of years, representing employers, employees and trade unions. She joined IBEC’s Legal and Equality Unit in 2005 and became Head of Employment Law Services in 2007.


Ailbhe Dennehy – Ailbhe is a Senior Associate in A&L Goodbody's specialist Employment Practice Group in Dublin. She advises both private and public sector, domestic and international clients in relation to a variety of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.  Ailbhe also has considerable experience presenting to clients, in addition to providing clients with tailored HR workshop training.


Ciaran O’Mara – Consultant and Founder of the firm O’Mara McGeraghty McCourt, Ciaran spent four years as Programme Manager to the Minister for Finance and Minister for Enterprise and Employment (1993 to 1997). Ciaran practised across all areas of law for but for many years has specialised in employment law and remains one of the leading practitioners in this field.


Ciara O’Kennedy – is a Partner in the Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefit team of LK Shields Solicitors, advising on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues with significant experience in resolving complex and sensitive disputes involving senior executives and employee shareholders. Ciara is the current Chair of the Employment Committee of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and was influential in setting up this Committee in 2017.

Conference Information

Date:                14 November 2019

Time:                8am-9.30am

Location:          IBEC

                        84/86 Lower Baggot Street

                        Dublin 2

Fees:                € 95.00 Member

                         € 185.00 Non Member

Registration:    7.45am

                        8.00am Presentations followed by questions and answers

                        9.300am Conclusion


CPD:                1 ½ Hours Group Study




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