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Making Changes to Terms and Conditions of Employment

By law an employer must provide written terms and conditions of employment to employees. Currently there are 3 pieces of legislation that outline provisions and protection for employees in respect of terms and conditions of employment. Section 9 of the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act 1973 provides that employers must within a month [...]

By |2020-04-28T12:19:44+00:00April 28th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law|Comments Off on Making Changes to Terms and Conditions of Employment

Why keeping passwords confidential is so important now!

It seems like only yesterday employers were thronged with courses and services relating to Data Protection and GDPR. Data Controllers were being nominated in flurries of action and policies created in a vacuum of knowledge and understanding. The mean average of what we knew about it all amounted to little more than 'password security.' Now [...]

By |2020-04-23T09:51:29+00:00April 23rd, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law|Comments Off on Why keeping passwords confidential is so important now!

Personal Problems = Personnel Problems

It might have taken a pandemic, but finally employers are seeing the real value in their employees. Without the support of our employees there would simply be no business; paused or otherwise. Unlike machines employees can think outside the box and show flexibility, and if we are to rely on those advantages then surely we [...]

By |2020-04-20T14:09:37+00:00April 20th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety|Comments Off on Personal Problems = Personnel Problems

How do businesses ‘unpause’?

Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, and his simple power-point presentations are fast becoming a highlight in my day. Keeping it simply without dumbing-it-down, he has helped me to focus on what employers want to know. Cuomo spoke yesterday of 'unpausing New York' - I think it's worthwhile to whittle that concept down to 'unpausing my [...]

By |2020-04-17T13:41:41+00:00April 17th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on How do businesses ‘unpause’?

Confused about the termination date on the Covid-19 support benefit form?

If you have found yourself querying the 'termination date' box on the Covid-19 support scheme form you are not alone. We have had many employers contact us asking us: if they have put their employee on lay-off what do they do with this box? ESA contacted the DESP (Department of Enterprise and Social Protection) and [...]

By |2020-04-16T11:18:23+00:00April 16th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Forms, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on Confused about the termination date on the Covid-19 support benefit form?

Keeping a record of rest breaks during Covid-19

Things will eventually get back to a new 'normal' and while we are working towards that by staying at home and social distancing, there are some housekeeping activities that employers have to keep note of. Yes there is new legislation that has changed how many of us work, but that didn't simply bin all of [...]

By |2020-04-15T14:47:14+00:00April 15th, 2020|Covid-19, Employment Law|Comments Off on Keeping a record of rest breaks during Covid-19

What if I have money to pay employees?

Employers are raising concerns that while their businesses have been hit by the Covic-19 pandemic, that they have funds to pay employees and can not therefore avail of the wage subsidy scheme. There are two important elements of the scheme to keep in mind: It states that if your business has suffered a 25% drop [...]

By |2020-04-09T09:54:56+00:00April 9th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety|Comments Off on What if I have money to pay employees?

Annual Leave and Public Holidays during Covid-19

Many employers have raised questions with us regarding public holidays and annual leave entitlements - specifically the right of an employer to make employees take annual leave during the Covid-19 emergency. This is quite a complex subject and so we would urge employers to contact ESA to make sure that they are applying the rules [...]

By |2020-04-03T12:25:53+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Covid-19, Employment Law|Comments Off on Annual Leave and Public Holidays during Covid-19

Corporate Manslaughter and Covid-19

Businesses have voiced their concerns over their potential liability to employees under the Corporate Manslaughter Act in Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Act makes businesses accountable for gross health and safety failings that result in death. We normally see this in areas such as construction, but Covid-19 has brought a new dimension to this [...]

By |2020-04-02T13:38:10+00:00April 2nd, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety|Comments Off on Corporate Manslaughter and Covid-19