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HSA Inspections will now include Covid-19 compliance

The Health and Safety Authority (the “HSA”) is the government agency with responsibility to ensure compliance with workplace health and safety (Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (the “2005 Act”)). Its remit now includes ensuring compliance with the Return to Work Safely Protocol (the “Protocol”). In this article, we look at the four [...]

By |2020-07-31T10:58:00+00:00July 31st, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on HSA Inspections will now include Covid-19 compliance

If an employee returns from a holiday abroad do I have to pay them to self-isolate?

We have received a few concerned phone calls from employers who have employees returning from abroad. The current Government regulations require anyone coming into the country to self-isolate for 14 days. As an employer you are obliged to let your employee do this before allowing them return to the workplace. The question is are you, [...]

By |2020-07-03T11:08:49+00:00July 14th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on If an employee returns from a holiday abroad do I have to pay them to self-isolate?

Can I ask my employees to take a pay cut?

There are several reasons as to why an employer may seek pay cuts, but the most common reason is that the business has slowed or stopped and outgoings have to be reduced. Just as wages can be increased through negotiation they can be reduced through negotiation with the only caveat being that the wage can [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:40:09+00:00July 10th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on Can I ask my employees to take a pay cut?

Covid-19 support payment won’t just stop

With over 63,500 employers registered for the scheme and over 400,000 people relying on it to keep them employed there is naturally a lot of angst about how long the scheme will continue for and how it will end. The scheme was a knee-jerk reaction to an unprecedented situation that could not have been foreseen. [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:41:00+00:00July 6th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on Covid-19 support payment won’t just stop

SEO Invalid and Unconstitutional

The High Court has ruled that SEOs setting out pay rates, pension and sick pay entitlements  is invalid and unconstitutional.  Employer's Questions  This isn't new news to a lot of our clients. Our clients have instead been asking about their suffering as a result of having to pay these rates of pay and conditions that they could [...]

By |2020-07-03T14:46:21+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Construction, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on SEO Invalid and Unconstitutional

Wear a Damn Mask!

The 'Wear a Damn Mask' campaign is gaining traction in the U.S. as high profile celebrities join the social media train to convince the public to wear a mask in public. Meanwhile in Ireland there seems to be a resistance to wearing a mask, predominantly based on the opinion that if it 'doesn't protect me [...]

By |2020-07-03T09:01:49+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on Wear a Damn Mask!