Date: 11 November 2020
Time: 3:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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Ireland: Employment & Labor/COVID/Remote Working – Here to Stay?

By November, Ireland will have been in the grips of a pandemic for over 9 months. At first, when workers were sent home to work remotely in a bid to contain the virus, it was mainly dealt with as a temporary/emergency situation. However, as the months go on, it is becoming more of a permanent arrangement with many employers not intending to undertake a full return to the office until some time in 2021. Furthermore, many employees will be keen to retain an element of remote working into the future, even when things go back to "normal". This webinar will consider remote working from the employment law, health & safety, data protection and tax perspectives. Catherine will review the employment law considerations relating to remote working, to include the strict legal requirement for employers to keep records of working time and breaks taken and will discuss how this requirement does not sit easily with modern work practices. Catherine will also consider the impact of remote working on employees' mental health and will recommend steps that employers should be taking in this regard. Nuala will talk about the health and safety considerations arising for employers who have remote workers, to include the extent of an employer's obligations regarding the home office. Nuala will also briefly consider the potential risks and liabilities arising for employers as staff continue to work from home. Leo will consider the data protection risks arising from remote working, such as data security, organisational concerns and international data transfers. With Brexit on the horizon, the impact of these issues might be heightened for multinational enterprises. Declan will touch on some of the key tax strategy considerations for multinational enterprises who have experienced a surge in remote workers, particularly those workers who may have relocated to another jurisdiction during the global pandemic and will review what companies should be doing to address this trend.
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Catherine O'Flynn
Catherine is Head of William Fry’s Employment & Benefits Group and current Chair of the Law Society of Ireland's Employment & Equality Law Committee. Catherine has significant experience advising clients in relation to confidentiality, restrictive covenants, and severance related matters. Catherine has acted on behalf of a wide range of commercial clients and regularly advises senior level executives and has been assisting many clients in the wake of COVID-19 in relation to their workforce and return to the office.
Leo Moore
Leo is a Partner in the William Fry Technology Group, specialising in technology, data protection and intellectual property law. His extensive experience on data protection includes advising "big data" and other companies on privacy and data protection compliance, DPIA's, GDPR compliance programmes, marketing, international transfers and data protection in commercial and tech transactions/outsourcing.
Nuala Clayton
Nuala is a Partner in the Employment & Benefits Group. Nuala's expertise encompasses contentious and non-contentious employment advices with a particular specialism in employment litigation and health and safety law. Nuala advises a range of multinationals, public and private sector employers advising on a variety of employment and health and safety matters. Nuala has significant experience acting for clients both before the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court and the Superior Courts. Nuala is a committee member of both the Employment Law Association of Ireland and the Health and Safety Lawyers' Association of Ireland.
Declan Lavelle
Declan is a Partner with William Fry Tax Advisors. Declan has 10 years’ experience specialising in corporate and international tax matters. He advises multinational and domestic clients on a variety of international tax planning matters including inbound and outbound investment, optimising IP and financing structures, transfer pricing, mergers and acquisitions and other related tax matters. He provides tax services across a number of sectors including healthcare and LifeSciences, technology, telecoms and media, energy and natural resources and hospitality. Declan is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor.
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