609, 2022

Government Introduces Statutory Sick Leave For Employees

September 6, 2022|Categories: Absence Management, Uncategorised|

The Government has approved the introduction of statutory sick leave to make the provision of paid sick leave for all employees a legal requirement in Ireland. The new legislation makes it mandatory for employers to provide paid sick leave for a minimum of three days a year in year one, with plans to increase the minimum requirement to 10 days annually in year four. The Sick Leave Act 2022 was signed by the President on July 20. The Act, for the first time, will provide for statutory sick pay (SSP) for employees in Ireland. While signed into law, the provisions [...]

2804, 2022

Wellness At Work Will Boost Performance And Productivity

April 28, 2022|Categories: Health and Safety|

National Workplace Wellbeing Day will take place on April 29, 2022. Building a sustainable, long-term approach to health and wellbeing has never been so important, as the world of work continues to evolve following the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic highlighted the importance of mental health for employers and employees alike. However, even pre-pandemic research identified that employee mental health problems were costing UK businesses between £33 billion and £42 billion a year, and a huge £100 billion for the economy overall. What Is Employee Wellbeing? Many employers only focus on employees’ health benefits when it comes to employee wellbeing. However, [...]

404, 2022

New Sick Pay Laws Put Further Strain on Embattled Employers

April 4, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Employers may struggle to meet their obligations under new laws making sick pay mandatory, as businesses continue to tackle the unprecedented recent financial pressures. HR Team Director Martina McAuley says the Sick Leave Bill 2022, “while positive for employees”, would put already embattled businesses under further strain. The Irish Cabinet has signed off on the proposed new laws to make it mandatory for all employers to offer a minimum level of sick pay. The Bill will now begin its passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas. Ms McAuley says: “Many in the Irish business community are reeling from the financial [...]

1702, 2022

Government Approves The Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill to Protect Employee Tips and Give Customers Transparency

February 17, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, has approved ‘The Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill’ that will give new rights to employees - forbidding the use of tips and gratuities to make up contractual rates of pay. Employers will have new requirements to clearly display their policy on how card and cash tips, gratuities, and service charges are distributed. All electronic tips must now be distributed fairly and in a transparent way. Mr Varadkar said: “This new law will, for the first time, give workers legal protections over tips. It will mean that any tips received [...]

3101, 2022

Tánaiste Introduces Legal Framework For Remote Working Requests

January 31, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, has published details of a new law giving workers the right to request remote working from their employers. Announcing the legislation, Mr Varadkar said: "So long as the business gets done and services are provided, employers should facilitate it." HR Team Director, Martina McAuley, said: “The Right to Request Remote Working Bill 2021 will provide a legal framework for Irish employees to submit a request for remote working and have their request approved or refused by employers. "An employee will be eligible to submit a request once they have worked for their employer for six months. [...]

2001, 2022

Managing The Probationary Period

January 20, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Probationary periods are included as a standard practice in most employment contracts. This is frequently provided for in employment contracts to allow for a trial period in which an employer can evaluate an employee’s suitability and performance. However, probationary periods are not without pitfalls, and dismissal can carry many legal risks during this trial period. Employment contracts that do not contain a probation disclaimer could cause problems for the employer if recruitment is not successful. The Legality Of Probationary Periods Firstly, it is worth noting that although you are not legally obliged to include probationary periods for all new recruits, [...]

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