Current Issue, 25th March 2015
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Lead News Items
Agreement on a restructuring of the Aer Lingus pilots’ pension scheme will reduce the deficit in the scheme by stopping the accrual of new benefits for around 100 pilots who face high taxes due to new pension tax relief restrictions beyond a €2 million threshold.
Holles Street case highlights wider fall-out from 'top ups' row
In the latest development in a now old controversy, the National Maternity Hospital could face sanctions for maintaining so-called 'top-up' payments to a small number of senior executives. The case again highlights public pay policy, contractual obligations and perhaps the most pressing issue of all - the attraction and retention of key staff.
High Court critical of Ombudsman and Minister in NTMA pension cuts case
The High Court has rejected an appeal by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform against a Pensions Ombudsman decision - but has also said that the Ombudsman "strayed well outside his jurisdiction" in investigating and deciding on the case.
"Absolutely imperative" IR remains at centre of Labour Court's work - Duffy
Speaking at the IRN 2015 conference recently, Labour Court Chairman, Kevin Duffy, explained how the design of the new Labour Court is a manifestation of the changes in the employment relationship.