Law - Employment Law

Law Society of Ireland

Law - Employment Law

Programme objectives
On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

An excellent understanding of the legislative and structural framework governing our system of employment rights and industrial relations;

Familiarity with legal considerations one should be aware of during the recruitment process;

An understanding of key standard employee-related policies and procedures;

A thorough knowledge of applicable codes of practice;

A knowledge of the legal issues relating to equality matters that permeate the employment relationship, from recruitment through to termination;

A thorough knowledge of legal issues relevant at the point of termination; and

Familiarity with key considerations regarding applicable dispute resolution procedures.

Programme structure and approach to learning
Framed by the Workplace Relations Act 2015, this well-established and highly regarded postgraduate diploma provides a comprehensive understanding of employment law, covering all aspects of the employer/employee relationship from recruitment through to termination. Relying on contributions from leading practitioners, stakeholders, and decision makers in the area, we highlight how new developments are likely to affect your practice. For example, we will focus on recent practice and procedural developments arising out of the switch to remote working for many workers.

The ultimate aim of the diploma is to provide practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of employment law and practice in this jurisdiction.

We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet.

Subjects taught

The employment law programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction to employment law
Workplace Relations Act 2015 (WRA),
Forums and redress,
Recruitment and status of workers,
Data protection in the workplace,
The HR perspective.

Module 2: Workers and allowances
Pay and benefits,
Working Time Act 1997,
Statutory leave.

Module 3: Rights of the worker (Part 1)
Equality in the workplace,
Age discrimination,
Bullying and harassment,
Health and safety,
Social media in the workplace.

Module 4: Remote Working & Rights of the worker (Part 2)
Right to Request Remote Work Bill 2022,
Right to Disconnect,
EU Work-Life Balance Directive,
Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021.

Module 5: Resolutions
Trade disputes and industrial relations,
Notice and dismissal,
Grievance and disciplinary procedure,

Module 6: Issues when leaving work
Transfer of Undertaking Regulations,
Severance packages,
Practical advice when using the WRA.

Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of the law to common scenarios encountered in practice.

Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of the law to common scenarios encountered in practice.
Workshop / Title / Date / Time
1. Contract of Employment, Worker Status, Recruitment 21 October 2023 10am - 4.30pm
2. Equality in the Workplace, Bullying and Harassment and
Health and Safety 18 November 2023 10am - 3.30pm
3. Trade Disputes, Whistleblowing and Injunctions 10 February 2024 10am - 1pm
4. Exam Preparation 9 March 2024

Entry requirements

Who should attend?
This course is suitable for the following:

Solicitors, barristers, and trainees who advise or wish to advise on employment law matters.
Key stakeholders and decision makers within the employment sector who are involved in hiring and managing staff, including human resources professionals, training managers, union officials, those working for recruitment agencies, and line managers dealing with significant volumes of employees.

Application dates

The closing date for applications for this course Friday 15 September 2023. To apply please follow the instructions below.

Solicitors and Trainees
To pay online click on the 'Register Now' button (on course webpage - link below). For all other methods of payment please see our methods of payment .

Other Professionals
We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified professionals. Your application must be approved before you can formally register on the course. To apply please email the following documents to :

A completed application form (view webpage via app weblink below)
Your Curriculum Vitae
A short cover letter setting out your relevant experience
Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental fee of €335 bringing the total course fee to €2,995. No fees are required prior to approval.


Blended learning: block release lectures and workshop sessions over five weekends (Friday and Saturday). Also available to view on demand.

Enrolment dates

Start Date
Friday 29 September 2023 at 11:00 AM

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