Welcome to the Summer issue of LOOP

We hope you are all safe and well and enjoying the fine weather recently! While we're still facing challenges in terms of restrictions we are looking forward to taking some well deserved breaks over the summer period and supporting our local businesses and clients, whether it be outdoor dining or retail.

If your business has questions about the planned return to work feel free to contact our human resources arm of the business, HRLegal, to discuss queries you may need advice on. You can visit here for more or call the Leman office on 01 6393000.

Everyone at Leman would like to congratulate our colleague Larry Fenelon on his success in being granted a Patent of Precedence. Larry is co founder of Leman and Head of Litigation and is one of only twelve solicitors granted the designation of Senior Counsel this year, a great recognition for him and a fantastic achievement. For more information see here.

We launch our annual trainee recruitment this week and would be delighted to chat to applicants who have passed their FE1 exams and would like to apply, you can find out more here

Finally a huge thanks to everyone who has supported our Leman Challenge over the past few months, as we successfully reached our 40,000km goal. You can still help with our fundraising efforts at the link here.

In this issue we feature some articles from our Employment, Litigation and Corporate teams,

Enjoy the summer and we'll be back with more firm news and updates soon,

The Leman Solicitors team

EMPLOYMENT 

Data Protection Guidance: Can employers record which staff have been vaccinated?
Sheila Spokes
As offices nationwide begin to reopen, employers are asking whether they are entitled to know which staff have been vaccinated in order to plan a safe return to the workplace. In June 2021, the Data Protection Commission (the “DPC”) published... Read more

Statutory Sick Pay is on the Horizon - What do Employers Need to Know?
Bláthnaid Evans and Sheila Spokes
Introduction On 9 June 2021, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD (the “Tanáiste”), approved the drafting of The Sick Leave Bill 2021 (the “Bill”), which will provide all workers with a statutory... Read more

LITIGATION

Ransomware Payments- An Insurance Perspective
Ultán Anderson
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week, you will have heard of the cyber-attack on the HSE. A Russian gang known as ‘Wizard Spider’ attacked the HSE systems, deploying ransomware and demanding a ransom that is reported to be in... Read more

Licences and Permits under The Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Act 2019
The Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Act 2019 (the “Act”) came into effect on 1 December 2020 after a working group set up by the Government advised that the current... Read more

CORPORATE 

EU Crowdfunding Regulation in Ireland - Marketing
Simon Deane-Johns
The EU Crowdfunding Regulation is due to take effect from 10 November 2021. I've previously summarised the regulation here. As it is a regulation, rather than a directive, it will take effect directly in member states, subject to certain steps... Read more

New Standard Clauses for Data Sharing and Transfers
The European Commission has adopted two new sets of standard contractual clauses, for use between controllers and processors and for the transfer of personal data to non-EEA countries. These reflect new requirements under the General Data... Read more