Matrix Recruitment recently sponsored a very successful “Mock Labour Court” event with the Midlands CIPD Committee. The event took place in Athlone Institute of Technology with many HR professionals in attendance along with students who had a keen interest in the area of human resources.

CIPD Event – “Mock Labour Court” – Press Release

The Midlands Region of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in conjunction with sponsors Matrix Recruitment Group, were delighted to hold a recent “Mock Labour Court” event. This was the fifth event in an exciting programme of events for 2019/2020 provided by the CIPD Midlands Region Committee, held on Monday, March 9th, 2020 at the Athlone Institute of Technology. This event was an exceptional learning experience for all in attendance, with members of the Labour Court and AIT Faculty members facilitating a mock labour court hearing.

On the evening, Caroline Ward, Chairperson of the CIPD Midlands Committee, and Breda Dooley from Matrix Recruitment, gave a warm welcome to representatives from the Labour Court, AIT representatives, and everyone in attendance.

Cormac McCarthy, Lecturer at the AIT and facilitator on the afternoon, opened the event and explained the background and details of the case, which centred on the appeal of an Adjudication Officer’s decision in an Unfair Dismissals case. The hearing commenced with oral submissions from each side before the Court considered direct evidence from the parties. Following the normal protocols of a formal hearing, witnesses were sworn in by the Labour Court Secretary, Ciaran Roche.

The audience gained a very realistic insight into the workings of the labour court, including the detailed cross examination of witnesses. After the formal hearing, the members of the Court retired to consider their decision. The event concluded with the Labour Court delivering its decision which found in favour of the dismissed employee, a decision which clearly reflected the importance of ensuring fair procedure in a dismissal case. Thereafter, there was a short question and answer session from the audience, and reasons underpinning the final decision were explored.

Overall, the Mock Labour Court hearing was both informative and engaging. Those in attendance had the opportunity to see the case from the point of view of both parties, the interactions between representatives, and they gained insights into the workings and decision-making processes of the Labour Court. It was an eye-opening learning experience, giving attendees a unique opportunity to see first-hand the workings and framework of a case presented to the Labour Court.

The event concluded with Alison Sheridan thanking the Labour Court and AIT faculty members for their input and presenting a token of appreciation.

The CIPD Midlands region provides a forum for HR and business leaders in both public and private enterprises to network and share information, skills and best practice in the area of Human Resource Management, Employment Law, Employee and Industrial Relations.

Our calendar of events for 2019/2020 has been hugely successful so far, with our next and final event being held on the 22nd April in the Wineport Lodge, Athlone from 5:30pm. This is our ‘Annual Wellness Event’ and we are delighted to have Tom Coleman, CEO/Founder of ‘My Nutrition Ireland’ joining us on the evening to discuss the topic of: ‘Is sleep costing you? – The impact of sleep in corporate Ireland.’ We welcome you to join our ever-growing CIPD Midlands, Ireland group on LinkedIn to keep up to date with upcoming events.


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CIPD Event Mock Labour Court Mar 2020

CIPD Event Mock Labour Court Mar 2020