Course Description

Diploma in Employment Law

Diploma in Employment Law is course run by Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, Dublin. It is a 'Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online' course . Diploma in Employment Law gives a Course Qualification of Diploma, awarded by Law Society of Ireland. For more information about Diploma in Employment Law at Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, please review the details below.

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

  • An excellent understanding of the legislative and structural framework governing our system of employment rights and industrial relations,
  • Familiarity with legal considerations one should be aware of during the recruitment process,
  • An understanding of key standard employee-related policies and procedures,
  • A thorough knowledge of applicable codes of practice,
  • A knowledge of the legal issues relating to equality matters that permeate the employment relationship, from recruitment through to termination,
  • A thorough knowledge of legal issues relevant at the point of termination, and
  • Familiarity with key considerations regarding applicable dispute resolution procedures.

Programme Structure and Approach to Learning

Framed by the Workplace Relations Act 2015, this well-established and highly regarded postgraduate diploma provides a comprehensive understanding of employment law, covering all aspects of the employer/employee relationship from recruitment through to termination. Relying on contributions from leading practitioners, stakeholders, and decision makers in the area, we highlight how new developments are likely to affect your practice. For example, we will focus on recent practice and procedural developments arising out of the Workplace Relations Reform Programme.

The ultimate aim of the diploma is to provide practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of employment law and practice in this jurisdiction. The employment law programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction to employment law

  • Workplace Relations Act 2015 (WRA),
  • Forums and redress,
  • Recruitment and status of workers,
  • Data protection in the workplace,
  • The HR perspective.

Module 2: Workers and allowances

  • Pay and benefits,
  • Pensions,
  • Working Time Act 1997,
  • Statutory leave.

Module 3: Rights of the worker

  • Equality in the workplace,
  • Age discrimination,
  • Bullying and harassment,
  • Health and safety,
  • Mediation,
  • Social media in the workplace.

Module 4: Resolutions

  • Trade disputes and industrial relations,
  • Notice and dismissal,
  • Grievance and disciplinary procedure,
  • Whistleblowing
  • Injunctions

Module 5: Issues when leaving work

  • Transfer of Undertaking Regulations,
  • Severance packages,
  • Redundancy,
  • Practical advice when using the WRA.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following:

  • Solicitors, barristers, and trainees who advise or wish to advise on employment law matters.
  • Key stakeholders and decision makers within the employment sector who are involved in hiring and managing staff, including:
  • human resources professionals,
  • training managers,
  • union officials,
  • those working for recruitment agencies, and
  • line-managers dealing with significant volumes of employees.

Applications from non-lawyers

We welcome applications for this course from others who are suitably qualified. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee, which amounts to €200 in respect of a diploma application.

Session dates

  • Friday 14 February 2020 (lectures)
  • Saturday 15 February 2020 (lectures)
  • Friday 6 March 2020 (lectures)
  • Saturday 7 March 2020 (lectures & workshop)
  • Friday 27 March 2020 (lectures)
  • Saturday 28 March 2020 (lectures & workshops)
  • Friday 24 April 2020 (lectures)
  • Saturday 25 April 2020 (lectures & workshops)
  • Friday 8 May 2020 (lectures)
  • Saturday 9 May 2020 (lectures & workshops)

Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of the law to common scenarios encountered in practice.


Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from experienced employment law practitioners. Previous lecturers have included:

  • Ciaran Ahern, A&L Goodbody,
  • Claire Bruton BL,
  • Clare Cashin, Philip Lee,
  • Maura Connolly, Eugene F. Collins,
  • Melanie Crowley, Mason Hayes & Curran,
  • Maryrose Dillon, UCC Academy,
  • Julie Galbraith, Eversheds-Sutherland,
  • Mary Gavin, Hayes Solicitors,
  • Louise Harrison, William Fry,
  • Caoimhe Heery, Ronan Daly Jermyn,
  • Joanne Hyde, Eversheds,
  • Geraldine Hynes, Solicitor & Mediator,
  • Duncan Inverarity, A&L Goodbody,
  • Edel Kennedy, Mason Hayes Curran,
  • Sarah Lawn, Arthur Cox,
  • Lydia Leonard, The Pensions Authority,
  • Deirdre Lynch, ByrneWallace,
  • Cathy Maguire BL,
  • Cathal McGreal BL,
  • Ronnie Neville, Mason Hayes & Curran,
  • Anne O’Connell, AOC Solicitors,
  • John C. O’Connor, O’Connor Solicitors,
  • Maeve Regan, Solicitor,
  • Barry Reynolds, DAC Beachcroft,
  • Desmond Ryan BL,
  • Elizabeth Ryan, Mason Hayes & Curran.
  • Boyce Shubotham, William Fry
  • Philip Smith, Arthur Cox
  • Triona Sugrue, A&L Goodbody
  • Barry Walsh, Fieldfisher
  • Patrick Walshe, Philip Lee
  • Emmet Whelan, ByrneWallace

LLM Employment Law in Practice

Those who have completed the Diploma Centre’s Diploma in Employment Law are eligible to apply for the LLM Employment Law in Practice. Uniquely the LLM provides you with the opportunity of using the Diploma in Employment Law as a building block to achieve a further recognised academic qualification.

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Training ProviderLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationDiploma
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsDiploma in Employment Law
Course Start Date14th February 2020
Course End Date4th July 2020
Course TimeBlended learning: onsite and online block release lectures and workshops session over five weekends (Friday and Saturday)
Course Fee2500
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