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Employer concern: Sexual harassment in the workplace

By Barry McCrory Sexual harassment in the workplace has been under the spotlight recently following some high-profile employees speaking out about their experiences. The media coverage follows research that found Ireland has a high rate of claimed sexual harassment by global standards. Therefore, Irish employers need to be proactive in taking steps to prevent sexual...

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Five-level plan for living with COVID-19 announced

By Fiona Kelleher The ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19’ has been announced by the Government. The plan outlines five Levels put in place to manage living with COVID-19 over the next six to nine months. The Government hopes it will help the country “…move on from a short-term emergency response approach...

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New Wage Subsidy Scheme qualifying criteria

By Marilyn Baxter The Government announced the July Jobs Stimulus plan in late July. Part of the plan was the introduction of the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS). The EWSS came into effect in place of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) on September 1st. Despite the late July announcement, the EWSS has been available since...

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Handling short-notice absences as schools reopen

By Patrick Redmond Schools have barely reopened and we’re already seeing that they need to react quickly to the risk of a COVID-19 case. Pupils have been sent home and some schools have even closed. For your employees who have children, that’s a concern. Should these precautions continue throughout the country, you need to prepare...

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Is it legal to conduct a redundancy consultation via video link?

By Amie Doran For most businesses, making redundancies at one point or another is inevitable. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, redundancies are more common than ever. That’s because business owners are forced to let more employees go to cope with lower demand and the winding down of the Government supports like the Temporary Wage...

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Local lockdowns: How can your business adapt?

Earlier this month, the Government put Ireland’s first local lockdowns in place. Counties Kildare, Laois, and Offaly initially faced two weeks of restrictions beginning midnight August 8th. But, with case figures still rising, it’s possible that local lockdowns could be introduced in other counties over the coming months. It could be the case that individual...

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€3,000 incentive available to employers for taking on new apprentices

Minister Simon Harris has launched a new incentive scheme to encourage employers to take on more apprentices. The scheme is one of many recruitment incentives announced as part of the July Jobs Stimulus package. Employer entitlement Employers could be entitled to as much as €3,000 for taking on new apprentices under the scheme. The financial...

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Will your business qualify for the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme?

One key part of the Government’s July Jobs Stimulus plan is Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS). The EWSS entitles you to receive a flat-rate wage subsidy for each eligible employee on your payroll, should your business meet certain eligibility criteria. What is the EWSS? The EWSS is replacing the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) from September 1st,...

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Irish Government unveils “July Job Stimulus”

The Irish Government has unveiled the economic recovery measures it hopes will mitigate the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on businesses. The “July Job Stimulus” outlines various measures to deliver on the jobs-led recovery strategy designed to feed into the National Economic Plan to be introduced later this year. The package consists of various business...

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How to handle the coronavirus outbreak

For the latest coronavirus news that affects employers, visit ‘Coronavirus news‘. 23/07/20 As trading conditions remain uncertain for businesses throughout the island of Ireland, restructuring is an option many business owners are considering. If restructuring is something you’re thinking about, there are a number of risks to consider. 15/07/20 The HSE’s new COVID-19 Contact Tracing...

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