Employment Contracts

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Why choose O’Donnell McKenna Solicitors?

Our employment law specialists at O’Donnell McKenna Solicitors provide counsel to clients on a broad range of employer and employee legal issues. Employment law in Ireland can be extraordinarily complex and therefore mistakes in employment contracts do happen. Given that we live in litigious times, every mistake is potentially costly, both to the business itself and its management.

We work with small and large companies alike who need help with their human resources function and we can provide employers and employees with processes and structures that can avoid lengthy cases.

We take the time to get to know our clients and to thoroughly understand their concerns in order that we can represent them at Employment Appeals Tribunals, Labour Relations Commission, the Equality Agencies and all levels of Courts.

Do I need a contract of employment?

Under the Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994 all employers are obliged to issue their employees with a written employment contract within 2 months of starting work.

We can advise you in relation to the most recent changes in Irish employment law and provide you with practical and commercial advice in respect of your employment contract.

What should be in a contract of employment?

A well written, detailed contract should eliminate any ambiguity in the case of a dispute and O’Donnell McKenna Solicitors can advise you on all facets of employment contracts and in the drafting of, or updating an existing employee handbook. See the following document terms and conditions of employment as an example of what should be in a contract of employment.

For employees, it is important to obtain professional legal advice before signing an employment contract, since occasionally the wording and details can be difficult to interpret. Employment contracts that at first seem straightforward may, on closer inspection, require additional negotiation, or cause the employee to rethink accepting the position altogether.

Contracts of employment are the foundation on which a good relationship between an employer and their employees are built. It is an official legal agreement between a particular employer and a particular employee, which must be signed by both parties. Some aspects of the relationship are governed by statute law, but there will also be written terms and conditions of employment which will relate to individual circumstances.

If you would like us to assist you, or if you would simply like to have a chat to discuss your options about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.





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