Current Issue, 25th March 2015

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NEWS ANALYSIS

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.
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PENSIONS

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.
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WORKPLACE REFORM

"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.
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