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Reopening for Business: Navigating the post Covid workplace


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As the easing of Covid restrictions continues with the gradual reopening of the economy, this panel discussion, hosted in association with leading law firm ByrneWallace LLP, will examine how businesses can prepare for and effectively manage the great return to the workplace.  

Wed 23 Jun 2021
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Webinar, Dublin Chamber, . .
Partners Michael Kennedy and Michelle Ní Longáin, and consultant Rhona Murphy from the ByrneWallace LLP Employment Law team will discuss the legal and practical issues which businesses need to consider before welcoming staff back to the workplace. With working life having changed significantly due the emergency response to the pandemic, they will address the impact on the workplace environment, the key challenges employers now face in navigating new forms of working such as remote and hybrid workforces, dealing with potential vaccination refusal and the right to disconnect.

The panel will also include David Fox, Managing Director of Sodexo, who will discuss his company’s experiences of workplace reopenings, sharing insights on some of the practical operational issues to be considered and the impact on employee experience.


Michael Kennedy, Partner and Head of Employment Law, ByrneWallace LLP

Michael Kennedy is the Head of the Employment Team in ByrneWallace LLP. He has specialised in employment law for nearly 35 years and is consistently ranked as one of Ireland’s top employment lawyers. When Law Awards were introduced in Ireland in 2012, Michael was named as Ireland’s first Employment Lawyer of the Year. He was Chairperson of the Law Society’s Employment and Equality Committee from 2010 to 2012.

Michelle Ní Longáin, Partner and Head of Public Sector, ByrneWallace LLP

Michelle Ní Longáin has extensive experience in employment, equality and administrative law. As well as being one of Ireland’s leading employment-law practitioners, she has also practiced in Northern Ireland, England and Wales. Michelle advises public and private sector clients, primarily employers, on complex areas of employment, equality and administrative law. As well as being head of ByrneWallace LLP’s Public Sector Group and its Compliance Partner, Michelle is a member of Council of the Law Society of Ireland is currently the elected Senior Vice President. She is the chairperson of the Law Society’s Task Force on Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Rhona Murphy, Consultant, Employment Law ByrneWallace LLP

Rhona Murphy is a Consultant in the ByrneWallace LLP Employment Law Team, with over 20 years’ experience working in employment law. Before joining ByrneWallace LLP, Rhona was Head of Employment Law Services at Ibec from 2007 to 2020. In this role, she was involved in advising and making representations on significant Irish legislative initiatives over many years. From 2008-2020, Rhona was a member of Business Europe’s Industrial Relations Working Group. Rhona also appeared before Ireland’s Joint Oireachtas (Parliament) Committees on matters associated with regulation of the employment relationship, most recently in relation to false self-employment and the reform and consolidation of employment permits legislation.  She was a member of the Business and Human Rights Implementation Group, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2019-2020. She was Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Law at the National University of Ireland (NUI Maynooth) from 2014 to 2020.

David Fox, Managing Director, Sodexo

David Fox is Managing Director, Sodexo Ireland and leads a team of 3,700 employees who work across 230 sites, on the island of Ireland. Sodexo is one of Ireland’s leading on-site services providers.

David’s role focuses on evolving the Sodexo Ireland country strategy, incorporating Sodexo’s Vital Spaces approach which empowers workplace transformation by creating agile physical spaces, meaningful employee connections and optimised business performance.

David, who lives in Dublin, joined Sodexo in 2011 and has held several senior management roles within Sodexo, most recently holding the role of European Account Director for P&G.

With over fifteen years’ experience of leading teams in consumer facing, integrated facilities management and contract/project management, in corporate and FMCG manufacturing environments, David possesses a wealth of operational and leadership experience. David is recognised as having a strong focus on process improvement, operations and people management.

Event name: 
Reopening for Business: Navigating the post Covid workplace
Event date: 
Wed 23 Jun 2021
Event time: 
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Webinar, Dublin Chamber, . .

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Our Sponsor

ByrneWallace LLP is one of Ireland’s leading full service law firms with a team of close to 300 professionals which includes 43 experienced partners. A forward thinking Irish law firm, it focuses on securing the best possible outcomes for its clients and is dedicated to the protection and promotion of its clients’ interests through the provision of expert legal services.

Our Employment Law Team is consistently recognised, nationally and internationally, as leaders in employment law. The team have unrivalled experience advising large domestic and international clients, both private and public, across all industry sectors. They are particularly renowned for their excellence in client service and proven track record advising on complex and novel employment issues.

For further information on our Employment Law services, please visit ByrneWallace LLP website

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