Meeting Health & Safety challenges in a Covid-19 world

This free 1-hour e-Learning course offered participants a unique and rare opportunity to hear from Dr. Peter J. Claffey, Programme Manager, Operational Compliance & Prevention Division, Health and Safety Authority and Niall Sexton, DAC Beachcroft, defence lawyer, about the challenges that both employers and employees face as restrictions are lifted under the Government’s Roadmap for Recovery.

The Course

The speakers explored and addressed the real challenges of compliance in practice.

The Speakers

Ms. Susie Shine, Solicitor & Senior Developer, La Touche Training

Ms. Shine examined in brief the Return to Work Protocol and templates created by the H.S.A. to assist employers to comply with the Protocol requirements.      

Dr. Peter J. Claffey, Programme Manager, Operational Compliance & Prevention Division, Health and Safety Authority (HSA)

Mr. Niall Sexton, Associate Solicitor, DAC Beachcroft Solicitors

An experienced defence lawyer, Mr. Sexton addressed typical questions including:       

  • What are the potential risks and the legal implications for employers and employees who put others at risk which may lead to serious, even fatal consequences for individuals including staff and the public?
  • What are the reporting obligations where an employee/member of the public gets Covid-19 possibly through work related activities?
  • What records are required to prove compliance with the Protocol requirements?
  • What are the implications for individuals where personal prosecutions could occur for flagrant breach of the requirements?

Responsibilities that arise around Working Remotely:

Remote working has become the ‘norm’ during the Covid 19 pandemic. Although there are many benefits to remote working, it comes as no surprise that there are also many challenges for employers and employees.

This webinar will consider some key risks that arise when employees work from home and will focus on:

  • Burnout and isolation
  • Work/life balance exposures
  • Management challenges relating to remote workers - a legal perspective
  • The need for remote working policies
  • Is there a right to continue remote working
  • Data protection issues arising from a dispersed workforce


Barry Reynolds, Partner at DAC Beachcroft

Aisling Parkinson, Senior Associate​ at DAC Beachcroft

Taking place on July 14th at 11am.

Supporting Employee’s Mental Health and Wellbeing in a Covid-19 World

A pandemic like coronavirus (COVID-19), can be worrying and can affect your mental health. This webinar will give information, guidance and advice about things you can do to mind your mental health during these challenging times.

COVID-19 has touched everyone in different ways.  Some people may have been unwell themselves, or had family members who caught the virus and some will have suffered loss.  Others may have welcomed the lockdown and isolation whilst some may have struggled with the lack of contact and connection that they previously had.

It is important to remember that individuals will have experienced the pandemic in their own way and we cannot assume how people are now feeling as we head in to the next phase of the ‘new normal’.

Employers and employees alike will be facing new challenges: perhaps balancing childcare and working from home or returning to an office that looks and feels very different to before.  Leaders and managers may be concerned about how their teams will cope with continued separation or the ‘blend’ of remote and location-based working.  

So, what can everyone do to ensure that they have sustainable energy to lead and to thrive in whatever scenarios the next phase brings?

Speaker: Katie da Gama

Taking place on July 28th at 10.45am

Managing Data Protection and Confidentiality Risks in a Covid-19 World. Tuesday August 11th featuring DAC Beachcroft’s Rowena McCormack and Aidan Healy.

This webinar will look at some key COVID-19 data protection queries and share information guidance and advice to assist businesses in order to comply with data protection law in addressing the impacts of COVID-19.


  • Balancing the rights of the individual vs the health of the collective.
  • Data Protection in Practice - temperature checks, contact tracing etc
  • Remote working & Data Protection issues
  • Updating Privacy Policies as a result of Covid-19


Did you know that the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has recently published an explanatory guidance document?
Data Protection – Return to Work Safely Protocol

The purpose of this guidance document is to provide advice to employers on the implementation of the recommendations of the Protocol in a manner that complies with their obligations as data controllers under the GDPR and Data Protection Act, 2018.

Learn about this guidance document and other key COVID-19 data protection queries at our webinar: Managing Data Protection and Confidentiality Risks in a Covid 19 World on Tuesday August 11th. This is one in a series of webinars we are running in our Employment Law and Return to Work series.

Rowena McCormack and Aidan Healy lead DAC Beachcroft Dublin’s Cyber, Information and Data team, part of DAC Beachcroft’s multi-jurisdictional team.

Employment Law Challenges in a Covid-19 World – A Practical Guide

This webinar will provide information, guidance and advice to employers on issues such as

  • Redundancy and Lay Off
  • Sick Pay
  • Disciplinary Process around Covid 19 issues
  • Variation of Terms of Employment

Featuring Employment Law expert: Rosemary Mallon, BL

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Dr. Peter J. Claffey, HSA

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Susie Shine La Touche Training

Susie Shine, Solicitor and Head of Training & Development

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Niall Sexton DAC Beachcroft

Niall Sexton, Associate, DAC Beachcroft

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Reynolds Barry Dac Beachcroft

Barry Reynolds, Partner, DAC Beachcroft

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Parkinson Aisling Dac Beachcroft

Aisling Parkinson, Senior Associate, DAC Beachcroft

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Katie Da Gama

Katie da Gama: Business, Executive and Leadership Coach

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Rosemary Mallon

Rosemary Mallon, BL

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Rowena McCormack, Partner, DAC Beachcroft

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Aidan Healy, Legal Director, DAC Beachcroft

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"The courses are excellent and the expert speakers bring a wealth of practical knowledge to the table. I would definitely recommend La Touche Training." - David Hegarty, Enforcement Portfolio Manager, ODCE

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