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Irish Government’s July Stimulus Package

These are the six main focus points for businesses: TWSS (Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme) TWSS will now be extended and its name changed to: Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme and                   will run from September 2020 to March 2021. PUP (Pandemic Unemployment Payment) PUP will be extended to April [...]

By |2020-07-31T11:11:40+00:00August 3rd, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on Irish Government’s July Stimulus Package

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!

Employers Questions Answered on Instagram!

Join our employment law expert Joe Bolger on Instagram Live where he will be answering questions from the Irish Hair Federation. Questions on redundancies, employees refusing to return to work, childcare, high risk employees etc will all be answered. The Live interview will be available for 24 hours from 1pm on Tuesday the 23rd June! [...]

By |2020-06-23T12:40:10+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Forms, Health and Safety, Labour Court Cases, News, Uncategorized, WRC Cases|Comments Off on Employers Questions Answered on Instagram!

What happens if you open your business early?

What happens if I open my business before the scheduled date? It's a question we get a lot in ESA. A business in Limerick did just that and were quickly closed down and here is why. The tanning salon is reported to have opened last week despite the fact that beauty salons, to include tanning [...]

By |2020-06-18T08:54:29+00:00June 18th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on What happens if you open your business early?

Lean Business Continuity Voucher for ESA Management OR Training!

Lean Business Continuity Voucher Overview The Lean Business Continuity Voucher is available to eligible companies to access up to €2,500 in training or advisory services support related to the continued operation of their businesses during the current pandemic. The voucher may be used to obtain services from ESA. The services may be in the form of [...]

By |2020-06-09T14:02:17+00:00June 9th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Forms, Health and Safety, Labour Court Cases, News, Uncategorized, WRC Cases|Comments Off on Lean Business Continuity Voucher for ESA Management OR Training!