Recruitment of Staff, Contract of Employment

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Dublin West - Fri. 28th September 2018

1 Day Training Course to include:

Recruitment of Staff, Writing a Contract of Employment, Writing a Staff Handbook


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With more than 24 different Acts dealing with employment law, there are a wide range of issues which employers simply have to be aware of when recruiting staff. This course has been specifically designed to deal with all aspects of recruiting staff, preparing a written contract of employment, or a written statement of employment (as required by law) and compiling a staff handbook to ensure that employers comply with their legal requirements and minimise their exposure to possible litigation. Many employees don’t have a written contract of employment, or a written statement of terms of employment, and even where a staff handbook exists; it may be seriously out of date, or simply inadequate. 


This course will give you guidance on how to prepare these important documents and what they should contain. The course will also explain why every employer should have a robust employee handbook and will guide you in the preparation of a employee handbook. 


Most awards against employers arise, not through any deliberate wrongdoing on the part of the employer, but as a result of the failure of the employer to comply with legal requirements, or to follow prescribed procedures. If your company doesn't currently have a employee handbook, or if you simply need to update your employee handbook, this course will prove an invaluable aid and may save you from costly and possibly damaging litigation.


The following topics will be covered on the day:


Recruitment of Staff


  •   Advertising the position – what the advert should and should not say
  •   Identifying the position and setting out the requirements such as salary, training schemes etc.
  •   Interviewing the applicants
  •   What to say and what not to say
  •   The question of references and how to deal with them
  •   Offering the position

Contract of Employment

The written contract of employment, what it should contain – the 14 points which should be covered in every contract of employment


  •   The terms and conditions of the contract
  •   The written statement of terms of employment
  •   The need for a separate employee handbook


The staff handbook should contain codes of practice, policies and procedures including:


  •   Adoption Leave Policy
  •   Alcohol & Drugs Misuse Policy
  •   Appraisal Policy
  •   E-mail, Internet & Acceptable Use Policy
  •   Disciplinary and Dismissal Procedures
  •   Equal Opportunities Policy
  •   Flexible Working Policy
  •   Grievance Procedures
  •   Harassment Policy
  •   Health & Safety Policy
  •   Induction Policy
  •   Maternity Policy
  •   Parental Leave Policy
  •   Paternity Leave Policy
  •   Sickness & Absence Policy
  •   Smoke Free Policy
  •   Whistle Blowing Policy

Delegates will be provided with excellent course material which can be used as an invaluable reference document and all delegates are provided with free access to our 30 day Employment Law telephone helpline service following their attendance.


Who should attend this course?

Payroll, HR and Finance managers and staff, or anyone who works in, or is responsible for the Payroll/HR function will find this course to be of immense benefit.

Course Presenter

This dynamic course is being delivered by Employment Law specialist Derek Ryan B.L. Derek is a barrister who has extensive practical experience in employment law matters. He has represented numerous people and organisations at hearings of the Rights Commissioners and the Employment Appeals Tribunal. Derek is the Senior Law Lecturer of IPASS and is legal editor of the IPASS book.



Attendance at this seminar may qualify for 7 CPD/CPE hours for members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland, the Irish Taxation Institute, the Law Society, Accounting Technicians Ireland and other professional bodies.

Time Table

Courses run from 10.00am - 4.30pm - tea/coffee on arrival, mid-morning & mid-afternoon and lunch will be provided. 

Course Fees

IPASS Member €275
Non Member €350






Contact Information

  • The Irish Payroll Association
  •   IPASS House,
    H4 Centrepoint Business Park,
    Oak Road, Dublin 12
  •   (01) 4089100
  •   (01) 4089102
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