Meeting Health & Safety challenges in a Covid-19 world

With 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 webinar

The speakers explore and address the real challenges of compliance in practice.

The speakers

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

Ms. Shine examines 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 addresses 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 considers 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

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 gives 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

Managing Data Protection and Confidentiality Risks in a Covid-19 World.

Featuring DAC Beachcroft’s Rowena McCormack and Aidan Healy.

This webinar looks at some key COVID-19 data protection queries and shares 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 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.

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 provides 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


Susie Shine La Touche Training

Susie Shine, Solicitor and Head of Training & Development


Niall Sexton DAC Beachcroft

Niall Sexton, Associate, DAC Beachcroft


Reynolds Barry Dac Beachcroft

Barry Reynolds, Partner, DAC Beachcroft


Parkinson Aisling Dac Beachcroft

Aisling Parkinson, Senior Associate, DAC Beachcroft


Katie Da Gama

Katie da Gama: Business, Executive and Leadership Coach


Rosemary Mallon

Rosemary Mallon, BL



Rowena McCormack, Partner, DAC Beachcroft



Aidan Healy, Legal Director, DAC Beachcroft


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