It is difficult trying to manage your business right now in tandem with navigating the ever-evolving Covid-19 safety requirements. ESA have developed a response pack containing a template structure to allow you ensure your business is incorporating current best practice. We also offer a host of online courses including infection control, safety representative training, first [...]
On Sunday the Government's Return to Work Protocol was published outlining best practice for businesses already operating and/or soon to be operating. We appreciate that trying to run a business during this time is difficult and trying to digest the protocol and apply it to your unique business is difficult. For that reason we have [...]
As an employer you are by now aware of the Government’s new return to work protocol document. In order to safely reopen your place of work and to comply with legislation you must now ensure the following as a minimum: Nominate at least one workplace rep charged with ensuring measures are strictly adhered to Have [...]
Just a quick reminder to anyone involved with providing childcare, the Government wage scheme for childcare providers application must be completed before Tuesday 21st April. Make sure you prioritise this application and share the information with any colleagues.
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 [...]
The HSE have published free posters and resources on the subject of Covid-19. Go to https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/ to view.
Working from home still means that employers have to look after their employees health and safety. One of the best ways of doing this is to carry out a VDU (Visual Display Unit) assessment is done. A VDU assessment makes sure that the ergonomics of your at home workstation is correct to prevent problems such [...]
Reduction of Pay A reduction of wages/salaries differs to a deduction of wages/salaries. A reduction is the act of reducing whereas a deduction is what is being subtracted or removed. Where there is a downturn in business, or there is less demand for a service, in order to avoid any potential redundancies, an employer should examine alternative options before proceeding with redundancies. The [...]
The Revenue Wage Subsidy Scheme has come under some heavy fire by employment law experts for its lack of clarity surrounding key details. The Scheme itself, which can be read in full here: https://revenue.ie/en/corporate/communications/covid19/temporary-covid-19-wage-subsidy-scheme.aspx aims to assist those businesses worst hit so far by the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, it would appear to be peppered by [...]