10 days
(7 half-days 9am to 1pm; 3 full-days 9am tp 3pm)


Tea and Coffee on arrival and at mid-morning break;
light lunch on full days.


About our Certificate in Employment Law

This ICM-accredited Certificate in Employment Law is made up of 13 modules delivered over 10 days (to include seven half days and three full day sessions). This course aims to provide participants with an understanding of Employment Law and how to interpret this legislation.

Modules, while primarily theory based, will incorporate practical training methods and ongoing assessment tools. Discussion will be encouraged and where possible, depending on module content, sessions will be complemented by more proactive workshop methods, with the introduction of case studies and onsite exercises. Relevant court and Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) decisions and codes of practice within the public service will also be addressed.

Methodology and Content

The course is designed to ensure that participants are exposed to relevant legal requirements which inform their respective roles. The course will familiarise participants with a framework for compliance and will enable participants to use the tools gained in ensuring future practice is informed by legal obligations.

Topics are structured to reflect the unique obligations applicable to employees in the Public and Civil Service and further the topics selected and cognisant of the wide range of issues which present to staff at all management levels.

Over the course of the programme, reference may be made to some or all of the following employment statutes:

  • Redundancy Payments Acts 1967 to 2007;
  • Industrial Relations Acts, 1969–2004;
  • Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2007;
  • Protection of Employees (Employers’ Insolvency) Act 1984;
  • Payment of Wages Act 1991;
  • Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment (Information) Acts, 1994 to 2001;
  • Maternity Protection Acts 1994 to 2004;
  • Adoptive Leave Acts 1995 and 2005;
  • Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act 1996;
  • Organisation of Working Time Act 1997;
  • Parental Leave Acts 1998 and 2006;
  • Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2010;
  • National Minimum Wage Act 2000;
  • Carer’s Leave Act 2001;
  • Protection of Employees (Part-Time) Work Act 2001;
  • Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term) Work Act 2003;
  • EC (Protection of Employees on Transfer of Undertakings) Regulations 2003;
  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005;
  • Employees (Provision of Information and Consultation) Act 2006; and
  • Employment Permits Act, 2006–2014.

Course Modules

Module Speaker
Introduction & Sources of Employment Law William Maher
The contract of Employment I Michael Kinsley
Atypical Workers Michael Kinsley
Employee rights & Employer Duties in Legislation – Complying with minimum standards Sharon Dillon Lyons
Equality & the nine Grounds of Discrimination William Maher
Public Law & the Employment Relationship Sharon Dillon Lyons
Public Law 2: testing employment procedures against the law of fair procedures Sharon Dillon Lyons
Health & Safety Michael Kinsley
Industrial Relations Michael Kinsley
Terminations of Employment 1 William Maher
Terminations of Employment 2 William Maher
Employment Law and the Law of Data Sharon Dillon Lyons
Protected Disclosures & Injunctions William Maher


Attendees will be encouraged to participate and engage with tutor led discussions throughout the 13 module programme. Each module will end with a case study discussion or a short multi- choice questionnaire for self-assessment and group discussion.

Tutors will issue recommended reading and will encourage self-directed learning, while guiding attendees in the practical application of the programme content.

End of programme assessment: The final assessment will present a “real life” problem scenario and will ask students to advise on the obligations which accrue in that scenario. This method of assessment is selected where the application of skills gained will best benefit attendees in dealing with working life situations which will be informed by their newly acquired skillset.

Participants will have 4 weeks to complete the short assignment.


This course is accredited by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM). Delegates will receive an ICM continuing professional development (CPD) certificate on successful completion of the course including a single assessment after the taught aspect of the course has ended. Public Affairs Ireland is an ICM accredited Professional Development Training Centre and is authorized to deliver ICM approved training and development programmes leading to CPD Awards accredited by the Institute of Commercial Management.

Upcoming Dates

Did you know?

PAI offer all of our courses as In-House programmes. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.