Recent Midlands Region CIPD event highlights the importance of fairness in disciplinary hearings

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Recent Midlands Region CIPD event highlights the importance of fairness in disciplinary hearings

Breda Dooley, Matrix Recruitment, Patricia Geraghty, AMF Ltd, Rebecca Cornally, Rosderra Irish Meats Group.

The Midlands Region of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in conjunction with Matrix Recruitment recently hosted a very successful breakfast event,“Disciplinary Hearings: A Legal Workshop” in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone.

This was the second event in an exciting programme of events for 2016/2017 provided by the Midlands Region Committee.

Following a networking opportunity for attendees, there were introductions from Alison Sheridan, Chairperson CIPD Midlands Committee and Breda Dooley, Recruitment Manager Matrix, Athlone. The key speaker, David McCarroll of Ronan Daly Jeremyn (RDJ), then set the scene with some background information on the key factors that should be considered when managing a disciplinary hearing.

Matrix Recruitment Group staff Back left to right is: Conor McNiff, Michelle Hand, Marguerite Dowd, Kieran McKeown.Front left to right: Breda Dooley, Niall Curley, Joanne Mc Cormack

David McCarroll is a Partner with law firm Ronan Daly Jermyn and together with three associates from the Employment Law team they provided the audience of over 70 people with a very interactive and informative session on the do’s and don’ts of disciplinary hearings. Focusing on the practical side of running hearings, they provided attendees with sample documents, examples of real life situations, an opportunity for break-out discussions and experienced guidance on overcoming the various roadblocks that arise. Emphasising the importance of fair procedure it was clear from the workshop that most employment law claims are won or lost based on how those hearings are run.

Ronan Daly Jermyn is one of Ireland’s top ten full-service law firms. With offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork and London, the firm currently employs over 220 people. Their unique national footprint is further bolstered by a strategic alliance with UK and US law firms, allowing them to offer a multi-jurisdictional service across Europe, the US and Asia. A team of more than 100 solicitors handles a full range of transactions, for both private and public clients, across a broad range of industry sectors.

With a full team of nine solicitors, the firm has one of the largest and most experienced Employment Law teams in any Irish law firm, advising clients on all aspects of Irish and European employment law with a focus very much on avoiding and managing risk.

The CIPD Midlands region provides a forum for HR and business leaders in both public and private enterprises to network and share information, skills and best practice in the area of Human Resource Management, Employment Law, Employee and Industrial Relations.

David O’Grady, KCI, Breda Dooley, Matrix Recruitment, Alison Sheridan, Chair, CIPD Midlands, David McCarroll, Ronan Daly Jermyn

CIPD events in the region provide a great opportunity to keep up to date with issues that may be of interest to you. The next event 'Absence Management: Reality & Practice' is scheduled to take place on November 22 in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. This event which will be delivered by Rita Gilsenan of AO Health offers a great opportunity to review best practice in the area of absence management approaches. Should you wish to be placed on the distribution list or attend our next event please contact: Caroline Ward CIPD Midlands Region, by emailing.midlandscipd@gmail.com .

You can also join the ever-growing CIPD Midlands, Ireland group on LinkedIn.