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Covid-19 Response Pack

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 [...]

By |2020-05-29T10:32:11+00:00May 29th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Forms, Health and Safety, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Covid-19 Response Pack

Need some help with the Return to Work Protocol?

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 [...]

By |2020-05-13T11:58:20+00:00May 13th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Forms, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on Need some help with the Return to Work Protocol?

Return to Work Protocol

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 [...]

By |2020-05-11T12:28:34+00:00May 11th, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Forms, Health and Safety|Comments Off on Return to Work Protocol

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?

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?

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

HR and Health and Safety Update

1. The first benefit pay for thousands is to be received today. Reasons for non-payment include incorrect applications, the wrong PPS number being given and duplicate applications being received. The Department has asked that applications be made online and that the phone only be used in cases of emergency in order to alleviate the backlog. [...]

By |2020-03-31T11:55:01+00:00March 31st, 2020|Construction, Covid-19, Employment Law, Health and Safety, News|Comments Off on HR and Health and Safety Update