IFSC.ie Specialist Features

Judgment Day for "Death Bed Marriage" Rules?

04/05/2017 - Last December, four Labour party senators introduced the Pensions (Equal Pension Treatment in Occupational Pension Scheme) (Amendment) Bill 2016 (the "Bill") into the Seanad, as an antidote to the perceived unfair impact of the ruling in Parris v Trinity College Dublin (Case C-443/15) that a death bed marriage rule in an occupational pension scheme was not discriminatory.

An end to mandatory retirement ages?

02/05/2017 - Unlike many other EU jurisdictions, there is no statutory retirement age in the private sector in Ireland, with retirement related issues being regulated instead by employment contracts. Private sector employers in Ireland are permitted to set mandatory retirement ages provided they are objectively and reasonably justified.

Ten myths about Brexit

02/05/2017 - Dr Vincent Power of A&L Goodbody wrote an article in The Times debunking ten myths about Brexit:

Broadcasters Consider Ireland as a Location post-Brexit

27/02/2017 - Licensing authorities in the broadcasting sector across the European Union have reported receiving queries from international broadcasters, based in the UK, who are considering relocating in advance of Brexit.

Central Bank Priorities 2017

12/01/2017 - a) Supervision and Enforcement....The Central Bank’s Strategic Plan 2016-2018 published in 2015 is now well underway.

Central Bank - Increased Workforce

12/01/2017 - In response to the significant increase in the number of authorisation queries from UK based insurers, the Central Bank of Ireland (the “Central Bank”) has increased its workforce by more than a quarter.

Employer Beware, Ignorance of the Law Excuses Not, Including Delays

20/12/2016 - Section 44(4) of the Workplace Relations Act, 2015 (the "Act") which provides for the appeal of decisions of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to the Labour Court, was recently considered in the context of a refusal by the Labour Court to hear an appeal due to a missed deadline.

CJEU Rules Dynamic IP Addresses May Constitute Personal Data

16/12/2016 - In a decision that may have far reaching implications for website operators, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that dynamic IP addresses can constitute personal data, even where the individual can only be identified using additional data held by a third party (normally the internet service provider that assigns the IP address).

In Short: Central Bank of Ireland Guidance Note on Cybersecurity Risks

03/11/2016 - The Central Bank has warned that it expects cybersecurity governance, IT security and risk management systems to be top priority items for boards and senior management.

Court of Justice Sets out Conditions for Liability in Hyperlinking to Unauthorised Copyrighted Material

18/10/2016 - In a landmark decision on hyperlinking, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has provided guidance on some features distinguishing legal and illegal hyperlinking in a commercial context.

Five reasons quantum computing is the future for traders

14/10/2016 - Quantum computers are the wave of the future in trading and investment management, and savvy bankers and quantitative hedge fund professionals are already using them to solve some of the hardest problems in financial services.

Potential Impact of Brexit on the Irish Asset Management Industry - Passporting

01/07/2016 - On 23 June 2016 the electorate in the UK voted to exit the European Union (EU).

Real Estate Investment - The Future

01/07/2016 - The past few years have seen an increase in demand for private capital with regards to real estate investments

Step by Step Guide to Voluntary Liquidation

23/06/2016 - We have written recently about changes in the investment management landscape, the blurring of the lines between asset class, and how tolerance of risk from investors is dwindling.

Cyber security a strategic concern for directors and boards

01/06/2016 - Managing cyber risk is a concern for the entire organisation and should be led from the top.

The rise of Fintech in asset management

01/06/2016 - There is no doubt that global financial technology (fintech) firms are on the rise and subsequently investment in this area is rapidly increasing.

Landlords, Why "No" Is No Longer Enough

20/05/2016 - A Commercial Court decision, relating to the Café en Seine premises on Dawson Street in Dublin, changes the landscape for landlords wishing to refuse applications for consent to assign/change use.

Vicarious Liability – When is an Employer Liable for its Employees’ Actions?

03/05/2016 - In the case of Mohamud v Wm Morrisson Supermarkets [2016] the UK Supreme Court has held the defendant company liable for the actions of an employee.

EU GDPR is finally agreed

27/04/2016 - After four years of negotiation, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has finally been agreed.

Compulsory Retirement Age in the Workplace

06/04/2016 - On 1 January 2016 the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 (2015 Act) was enacted. This Act has helped bring a degree of clarity to the use of compulsory retirement ages in the workplace.

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