‘Landmark decision’ by Labour Court on fixed-term contracts for researchers

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court this week ordered the re-employment of a researcher made redundant by  Maynooth University in April 2016. The ruling resulted from a case taken by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) under Fixed-Term Workers legislation. In its Determination (No FID175), the Labour Court ruled that under the protection of Employment (Fixed-term) Act of 2003 ‘the contract by operation of law became a contract of indefinite duration’ under section 9(4) of the Act …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 November]

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Understanding student contracts

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

“There has been a student contract of sorts around since the late 19th century, but not until the mid-1960’s did it slowly begin to assume the importance it has today …” (more)

[Dennis Farrington, Wonkhe, 14 November]

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Three years later and women are still fighting for justice at NUI Galway!

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Today is the third anniversary of Micheline’s historic win for gender equality. It was Nov 13, 2014, when the Equality Tribunal issued its landmark ruling concluding that Micheline was discriminated against because of her gender when she was not promoted at NUI Galway in 2009, citing the university’s ‘ramshackle approach to the process’ …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 13 November]

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Suspended whistleblowers taking High Court case against University of Limerick

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The two whistleblowers who were suspended from the University of Limerick’s finance department following controversies around payment of expenses have initiated High Court action against the university …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 13 November]

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Public servants escape new pension rules

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Public servants are escaping new pension rules that delay the payment of the State pension. The State contributory pension is now only paid from the age of 66, meaning that thousands of people who are compelled to leave work at the age of 65 have to claim Jobseekers’ Benefit – getting almost €50 a week less than they would from their pension …” (more)

[Independent, 13 November]

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University expansion plans at risk from funding difficulties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are at risk of losing their capacity to borrow hundreds of millions of euro needed to fund their expansion to cope with rising student numbers. Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, has asked the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to determine whether universities are on or off the exchequer’s balance sheet …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Michael Colgan’s Trinity Degree Under Review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The honorary degree Trinity awarded to former director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan in 2000 is under review. Colgan has been the subject of a series of allegations relating to bullying and abuse of power …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 November]

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The Weinstein Fallout Will Surely Hit Ireland’s Universities, Too

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ever-growing list of prominent men accused of abuse of power, sexual harassment, assault and rape over the last number of weeks has proven that it is not an isolated or Hollywood-specific problem …” (more)

[University Times, 12 November]

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is published

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The pay of TDs and most other public servants will return to pre-austerity levels by July 2021 under new legislation which has been published. The Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 underpins the restoration of financial emergency (FEMPI) pay cuts imposed during the economic crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 November]

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University of Limerick criticised over €1.7m severance deal for staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) spent more than €1.7 million on severance packages for eight former employees between 2008 and 2015, according to a report published on Wednesday. In addition, education authorities were kept in the dark over the payments which breached pay policy guidelines …” (more)

[Sarah Burns and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 November]

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Report on controversies ‘shows university failed in how it treated its staff’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recently appointed president of the University of Limerick (UL) has expressed concern about the way the university ‘treated some of its people in the past’. Dr Des Fitzgerald said a new report into a string of controversies at the college cast light on occasions in the past where UL fell short in its duty of care as an employer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 November]

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UL faces sanctions over €1.7m deals for former staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick faces possible sanctions for misleading the Department of Education and others over severance payments to former staff who were then rehired. A damning report showed two of the payments totalling around €650,000 were among eight severance or compromise deals totalling €1.7m …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 November]

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UL whistleblower: ‘I lost my job for doing the right thing’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Within weeks of being placed in charge of verifying expense claims at University of Limerick’s finance department, Leona O’Callaghan noticed a troubling trend. In mileage claims, some senior staff seemed to receive payment for journeys between their home and the university, whereas others did not …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 November]

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HR practices and use of severance payments at University of Limerick criticised following review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has been criticised for its use of severance payments worth €1.7m and its handling of staff issues in a new report on a series of controversies at the college in recent years. A total of eight severance packages, agreed between 2007 and 2015, came under scrutiny in the review carried out by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Department of Education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 November]

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UL whistleblower ‘suffered for telling the truth’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of the whistleblowers who raised concerns about financial expenses and other matters at the University of Limerick, who said she was managed out of her job, said she feels vindicated by today’s Higher Education Authority report into matters of concern at the university …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 November]

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University of Limerick president acknowledges ‘seriousness’ of issues raised in report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick president Professor Des Fitzgerald has acknowledged that the university ‘fell short’ in how ‘treated some of its people in the past’. The new president was responding to the publishing today of a report which saw its human resource (HR) practices strongly criticised …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 8 November]

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Second probe into severance and rehire arrangements at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A second investigation is to take place into the manner in which University of Limerick paid generous severances to senior staff and then re-hired them, writes Niall Murray. It is one of the recommendations in the report of Richard Thorn into a range of issues at UL that he was asked by Education Minister Richard Bruton to investigate last May …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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Minister Bruton and Minister of State Mitchell O’Connor note of the review into University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today noted the publication by the Higher Education Authority of the review of the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 November]

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Report into Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has published the report of Dr Richard Thorn into Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick. The report was commissioned by the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Skills in May this year. It makes 36 findings and 10 recommendations to be implemented by the University of Limerick …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 8 November]

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HEA due to publish review on UL whistleblower claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is due to publish the results of its review into allegations of irregular expenses, unusually high severance payments, and a number of other governance issues raised by three whistleblowers at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 November]

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