Latest Updates

Covid-19 - Employers Wage Subsidy Scheme

March 25th - Covid-19 Updated 'Employers Wage Subsidy Scheme' As of yesterday March 25th the Government announced the ‘Covid 19 Income Support Scheme’ which includes new enhanced measures, the ‘Employers Wage Subsidy Scheme’, to support employers with the payment of wages through the current emergency crisis. https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/communications/covid19/temporary-covid-19-wage-subsidy-scheme.aspx The ‘Employers Wage…
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Covid-19 - Lay-Off & Short-Time

Coronavirus - Lay-off & Short-time - Guidance for Employers Unfortunately for many employers the current unprecedented challenges presented by Covid–19 has led to unavoidable lay-offs and short time working. Remote working is a great alternative if employers can offer the option to work from home but this is not feasible…
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Covid-19 - Employer Guidance

Guidance for Employers - What Employers need to know: Following the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Ireland, there are pressing questions arising for employers as to how to deal with their duty of care, control measures, absence and pay entitlements. 1. In the first instance, the Safety…
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WRC Inspections - Guidance

Workplace Relation Commission (WRC) inspections are becoming more common. In general, an employer will receive advance notice of the inspection. However, an inspector may also call to an employer unannounced. Therefore, it is important that you have the necessary policies, procedures and records in place to ensure compliance for an…
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Protected Leaves

Protected Leave now covers several different types of Leave which employers need to be aware of. Parent's Leave is the newest form of Protected Leave introduced in November 2019. New Parent's are entitled to avail of two week's Parent's Leave paid at the same rate as Maternity and Paternity Leave and…
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Absence Management

People Matters recently presented the CIPD seminar on Absence Management in GMIT which was a very participative event with lots of interesting discussion & questions. The main theme focused on the best practice steps to both encourage attendance & to manage absence. As can be expected, having proactive policies to…
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Handbook App

We have been receiving some great feedback on our new Online Virtual Handbook. Employers find the customised online version so much easier to administer and love the ease of tracking employee acknowledgement/acceptance of the Online Handbook. Employees love the user-friendly interface and the simplicity of being able to find relevant…
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Wellness & Stress

A 2016 ESRI study found that anxiety, stress and depression were the second highest cause of work-related illness in Ireland. Employers have an obligation to ensure the health of employees is not endangered in the course of their work. While it is important for Employers to engage with Employee Assistance…
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Focus on Case Law

This month, we look briefly at a Workplace Relations Commission case relating to the reduction of an Employee’s hours. This case illustrates the importance of communication and consultation with employees if a reduction in hours is necessary. The worker claimed that her hours of work were unilaterally reduced from 35…
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Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019

Details of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill are now available online and the Bill has just passed the first stage of the Dáil amending the Employment Equality Act 1998. The Act, when passed, will require certain employers to publish information relating to the remuneration of employees for the purpose…
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Absence Management

Absences can often become an issue at this time of the year as many employees may be suffering from illness during the winter months. It is essential to remember that Absences are going to happen and that is why it is important to have clear and consistent Absence Management Policies…
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Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 was passed by Dail Eireann in July 2018 and is currently before the Seanad for debate. The provisions include items relating to flexible hours which may have a significant impact on employers particularly those in the retail and hospitality sector. Key provisions in the…
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Managing Performance

 Managing Performance – is it time for ‘Review’...?? It’s that time of year and many Managers are currently attempting to schedule ‘Performance Reviews’ for the past year, grappling with detailed Appraisal forms or online systems to be updated. So how important is the completion of those Appraisal Forms? Many would…
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Fixed Term Contracts

    The term, fixed-term employee, covers employees whose contract ends on a specified date, or when a specific task is completed, or when a specific event occurs. A fixed-term contract can also involve a specified-purpose and so may not end on a specific date. The Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003 provides…
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Code of Practice on Retirement

With the change in Statutory Retirement Age and the need to avoid age discrimination, employers have been looking for guidance for some time on how to best handle the process as employees approach Retirement Age. The new Code of Practice on Retirement Age published in December 2017 provides welcome guidelines…
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Paternity Leave

With effect from 1 September 2016, new parents (other than the mother of the child) are entitled to paternity leave from employment or self-employment following birth or adoption of a child. The Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 provides for statutory paternity leave of 2 weeks. The provisions apply to births and…
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Accrual of Annual Leave

From August 1st 2015 Sec. 86 of the Workplace Relations Act entitles workers to accrue annual leave when on long term sick leave. Previously, under Sec.19 of the 1997 Organisation of Working Time Act, employees only accrue annual leave in respect of hours actually worked. However, under the new provisions,…
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Legal Updates

Whistleblowing Protection.  The Protected Disclosures Bill 2013 on Whistleblowing Protection was passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas and signed by the President in July 2014. The new legislation provides comprehensive whistleblower protection across all sectors of the economy and will co-exist alongside the existing limited protection available in certain…
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