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21.10.2020

Is it time to restructure your business?

By Amie Doran Remote Working. Restructure. Redundancy. The ‘R’ words have taken centre stage this year, but what does it mean for you to restructure your business and how do you manage it? Many businesses have been forced to look at their internal structure this year in ways they haven’t before. Business owners have identified...

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14.10.2020

5 questions to ask before introducing flexible working arrangements

By Patrick Redmond Even before COVID-19, employers have been looking at better ways to manage a workforce that has grown increasingly diverse. Many of your staff are likely to be parents or individuals with caring responsibilities. Other employees might have sporting or other interests that they want to devote time to. One option that might...

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14.10.2020

Key info for employers from Budget 2021

By Marilyn Baxter The Irish Government published Budget 2021 yesterday and it consists of a €17 billion spending package. Protecting businesses and jobs against COVID-19 and Brexit is a clear aim. Here, we look at the key points of Budget 2021 every employer should be aware of. The COVID-19 Restrictions Support Scheme Announced as part...

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08.10.2020

Remote working: How to keep employees motivated

By Patrick Redmond Remote working rates in Ireland are among the highest in Europe and that trend looks set to continue. The Level 3 restrictions recently imposed by the Government includes advice that people should continue to work from home to curtail the spread of COVID-19. For many, remote working has gone from being an...

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07.10.2020

Setback for businesses in latest Government announcement

By Amie Doran At midnight on October 6th, the Government imposed nationwide Level 3 restrictions. While the aim is to slow the spread of COVID-19, the restrictions will impact businesses all over the country. Here, we break down what Level 3 consists of and which businesses will be affected. Hospitality Restaurants and cafes (which includes...

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30.09.2020

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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16.09.2020

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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09.09.2020

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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03.09.2020

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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02.09.2020

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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