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    Adverse Weather and Construction Contracts

    The Beast from the East meets Storm Emma. It might sound like the premise for a charming fairy tale but the extreme weather will undoubtedly have affected the progress of construction and engineering projects across the country—irrespective of their size and complexity.

    Construction
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    Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    This week, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland has released statistics confirming a 31% increase over the past 5 years of complaints alleging sexual harassment in the workplace.

    Employment & Incentives Belfast
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    Brexit: EU Publishes a Draft Withdrawal Agreement

    Today, at 1 o’clock Brussels time, the European Commission published a draft Withdrawal Brexit Agreement.

    Brexit
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    Asset Management & Investment Funds Q&A: February 2018

    Q. What are the key aspects of the Data Protection Bill of most relevance to businesses that are in the process of preparing for the GDPR?

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
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    Asset Management & Investment Funds: EU & International Developments - February 2018

    From an International perspective we look at the EU Commission notices on the consequences of Brexit on Asset Management and other banking and finance sectors, the MMF Regulation and the EU Commission letter to ESMA on share cancellation, updated ESMA Q&As on the Benchmarks Regulation, IOSCO recommendations and good practices for CIS liquidity risk management, ESRB recommendations that ESMA....

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
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    Asset Management & Investment Funds: Irish Practice Developments - February 2018

    From an Irish Practice and Domestic perspective, we look at some approaching compliance deadlines, a Central Bank speech on the importance of diversity in financial services and Central Bank Markets Updates and improvements to Loan Originating QIAIFs.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
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    Extreme Weather Warnings – What Irish Employers Need to Know

    Ireland is bracing itself (literally) for the first code red alert of 2018 – the 'Beast of the East' (otherwise known as Storm Emma). The lead in time for Storm Emma presents a welcome opportunity for employers to forward plan and ensure employees are well informed of contingency work plans.

    Employment
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    Companies (Statutory Audits) Bill 2017 completes Committee Stage in Dáil Eireann

    Further to our recent bulletin, the Companies (Statutory Audits) Bill 2017, which further transposes the EU statutory audit package and consolidates existing audit legislation into the Companies Act 2014, commenced and completed the Committee Stage in Dáil Eireann yesterday, when the Committee approved the Bill and the various amendments tabled.

    Companies Act
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    Project Ireland 2040 - Building Ireland’s Future: The National Planning Framework

    On 16 February 2018, the Government published the National Planning Framework (NPF), which, together with the National Development Plan (NDP), form ‘Project Ireland 2040’ - the Government's vision for how to develop the country over the coming decades.

    Environmental & Planning
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    ​​​​​​​Sentencing in fatal accident health and safety cases: is €1m the current default position?

    Ireland, unlike England and Wales, does not have sentencing guidance relative to health and safety offences.  Having said that, there are quite a number of Court decisions that provide useful guidance, including the decision of the Court of Appeal on 6 April 2017 in DPP v Kilsaran Concrete Ltd.  

    Environmental & Planning
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    Courts Consider “Unfair Contract Terms” Arguments in Loan Cases

    The issue of unfair contract terms in loan contracts, and the extent of the obligation on a Court to examine this issue without it being raised by the parties, is continuing to be a feature in financial litigation. 

    Disputes
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    Duty to Reasonably Accommodate Disabled Employees: Court of Appeal clarifies the law

    The Court of Appeal recently delivered judgment in a long running disability discrimination case which is noteworthy from an employer's perspective. The judgment brings clarity to the law on the extent of an employer's statutory duty to reasonably accommodate disabled employees.

    Employment