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CPD Diploma in Employment Law

Accredited by Technological University Dublin

€3560 Non-member rate €3140 Ibec member rate

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CPD Diploma in Employment Law

Duration: 12 days

Level: CPD Level 6 NFQ (20 ECTS)

Accredited by: Technological University Dublin

  • Online
  • 12 days
  • Wed 30 Nov 2022 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 14 Dec 2022 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 11 Jan 2023 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 18 Jan 2023 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 1 Feb 2023 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 15 Feb 2023 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 1 Mar 2023 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 15 Mar 2023 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 29 Mar 2023 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 5 Apr 2023 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 19 Apr 2023 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 3 May 2023 | 09:30 - 17:00


This programme delivers an in-depth knowledge of key employment legislation as well as a comprehensive understanding of case law and its application.

At the end of the programme participants will:

  • Acquire the ability to look at all situations with a critical eye to ensure that they can deal with a range of employment law issues that arise in their organisations
  • Understand the pitfalls of not complying with the legislation
  • Have the ability to ensure that all policies and procedures that they have in place comply with employment law
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of key areas of employment legislation
  • Be in a position to answer any queries regarding employment law that are to arise in the organisation
  • Prepare a case including a written submission to a third party
  • Be more confident in handling queries from staff in the area of employment law


This programme is for:

Participants who are looking for a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the whole area of employment law and those contemplating a career in people management, human resource management and related areas by focusing on the need for compliance with employment law.



There are a number of activities and case studies used throughout the programme which ensures that all of the learning is applied in a real way. The programme is delivered by experienced Ibec trainers who provide members with advice, consultancy and training on a daily basis. The programme leader encourages group discussion and involvement throughout each session, ensuring opportunities for questions and real issues are discussed at all times. Best practice examples in all areas of Employment Law will be highlighted and discussed throughout the programme. To achieve accreditation this course is assessed by exam and assignment submissions.

Programme Schedule

Introduction to Employment Law

  • Sources of employment law
  • Role of the players and institutions in Ireland
  • Current employment legislation
  • Restrictions on those who can work in Ireland including non-Irish Nationals and young people
  • Juries Act 1976

Contracts of Employment

  • What is a contract of employment?
  • What is the difference between a contract “of” and a contract “for” employment?
  • Terms of Employment (Information) Acts, 1994 and 2014
  • National Minimum Wage, 2000 – 2015
  • Payment of Wages Act, 1991

Employment Rights Bodies & Equality Legislation

  • Workplace Relations Commission
  • The Labour Court
  • Nine categories of workers
  • What is discrimination?
  • Discrimination - from recruitment to termination of employment
  • Equal pay
  • Redress

Atypical Workers and Discipline & Dismissals

  • Fixed term workers
  • Part time workers
  • Temporary agency workers
  • Zero hours contracts
  • Managing the poor performer
  • When is a disciplinary action necessary?
  • Rules for terminating an employee’s contract of employment
  • Third party involvement
  • The Unfair Dismissals Acts, 1977 – 2015

Protective Leave and Introduction to Industrial Relations

  • Maternity Protection Acts, 1994 and 2004
  • Adoptive Leave Acts, 1995 and 2005.
  • Carers Leave Act, 2001
  • Parental Leave Acts, 1998 – 2006
  • Paternity Leave and Benefits Act 2016
  • Development of industrial relations in Ireland
  • Trade unions, collective bargaining and trade disputes

Workplace Bullying and Harassment & Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997

  • Defining bullying and harassment at work
  • Investigating a complaint
  • Dignity at work policy
  • Preventing an issue arising
  • Exclusions from this legislation
  • Rest periods necessary
  • Public holiday entitlements
  • Annual leave entitlements
  • Record keeping requirements

Redundancy and Data Protection

  • Protection of Employment Acts, 1977 - 2014
  • Redundancy Payments Acts, 1967 - 2014
  • Protection of Employment (Exceptional Collective Redundancies and Related Matters) Act, 2007
  • Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003
  • The data protection principles
  • The responsibilities of the data controller
  • Dealing with a data request
  • The Data Protection Commissioner
  • Data protection and references
  • GDPR

Occupational Health & Safety

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005
  • Obligations under the Act
  • Role of the safety representative
  • Safety statements and risk assessments
  • Protective and preventative measures
  • Legal redress

Occupational Stress and Additional Legislation

  • What is workplace stress?
  • Employers responsibilities
  • Preventative measures
  • Managing stress
  • Dealing with a stress related illness
  • Protected Disclosures Act 2014
  • Transfer of undertakings
  • Information and consultation obligations

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Programme Director

Claire Jones

Claire Jones joined Ibec over 20 years ago and currently is working as the Senior Executive in Ibec Training. Claire worked in the legal department in Ibec for the first 12 years specialising in Employment Law.

She had particular responsibility in the area of Equality and Bullying and Harassment in the workplace providing advice and assistance to member organisations, introducing guidelines for employers in the area of equality, providing management training and representing member companies in the Employment Appeals Tribunal, Labour Court, Rights Commissioners and Equality Tribunal. Claire has also represented Ibec on UN, EU, Government and State Agency committees in the area of equality. 

I attended the CPD Diploma in Employment Law programme at Ibec and found it very well structured, highly relevant and very enjoyable.

It is directly applicable to my role and very worth doing. I would highly recommend it.

Rebecca Lumsden
Divisional Support- Retail HR
Bank of Ireland

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