Law - Employment Law

The 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.

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
Equality in the workplace,
Age discrimination,
Bullying and harassment,
Health and safety,
Social media in the workplace.

Module 4: Resolutions
Trade disputes and industrial relations,
Notice and dismissal,
Grievance and disciplinary procedure,

Module 5: 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.

Workshop Title Date Time

1 Contract of Employment, Worker Status, Recruitment March 2022 TBC

2 Equality in the Workplace, Bullying and Harassment and Health and Safety March 2022 TBC

3 Trade Disputes, Whistleblowing and Injunctions April 2022 TBC
4 Exam Preparation
May 2022 TBC

*Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control.

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.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €300.

Application dates

Application information
The closing date for applications for this course is 28 January 2022. To apply for this course please follow the instructions below.

Solicitors and Trainees
To pay online click on the 'Book Now' button. 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 (see 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 €300 bringing the total course fee to €2,900.
No fees are required prior to approval.


Delivery Method Blended learning: block release lectures and workshops session over five weekends (Friday and Saturday). Also available to view on-demand.

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