Straight Ally’s at Work
26/01/2017 - A number of companies are taking their work supporting diversity and inclusion and LGBT colleagues in the workplace to a new level through the development of Straight Ally programmes. See attached flyer for the event details and how to book
Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Publishes Work Programme for 2017
26/01/2017 - On 17 January 2017 the Workplace Relations Commission published its Work Programme for 2017. The document highlights the core mission and details the services and operation the Commission provides.
Weather alert - advice for employers in affected areas
12/01/2017 - Met Éireann has issued National Weather Warnings including a warning of snow and ice covering most counties in the coming days. The national forecaster says Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo, Mayo and Leitrim are set to bear brunt of the severe weather especially on high ground. Local authorities are reported to be activating severe weather plans and drivers have been urged to take caution as the cold snap hits.
2016: HRlink Year in Review
16/12/2016 - As 2016 draws to a close, we look back over the past 12 months and share with you our review of some of the key legislative IR and HR developments that shaped the last 12 months of HRlink.
Cash in transit over the Christmas period
16/12/2016 - With high volumes of cash in circulation coming up to the busy Christmas period, the Gardai have issued seasonal guidance for firms in relation to lodging cash and ensuring the safety of staff dealing with persons from cash-in-transit companies.
Dos and Don'ts for the Holiday season
16/12/2016 - In some areas of business there can be an air of winding-down as Christmas approaches. However, this is rarely the case for HR who often find themselves busier than ever dealing with everything from end of year salary reviews to the fallout from corporate Christmas social events.
Case concerning employee who used grievance procedure as ‘first port of call’
15/12/2016 - One of the cases featured in our quarterly review of industrial relations decisions involved a dispute that arose when a HR Department refused to accept any further grievances from a worker whose continuous complaints they viewed as abusing the organisation’s grievance procedure and disrupting management time
CJEU rules candidates can be excluded based on age in police recruitment
15/12/2016 - Following a referral of the case from the Spanish courts, the CJEU last month ruled that the maximum age of 35 for the recruitment of certain police officer roles in the Basque Country was compliant with EU law. Some observers have suggested the decision in Corka Salaberria Sorondo v Academia Vasca de Policia y Emergencias (C-258/15) could open the door for other employers to impose age limits when recruiting into roles involving a high degree of physical work.
First Protected Disclosures cases involving awards for penalisation start to emerge
15/12/2016 - Over two years have passed since the commencement of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, however it is only recently that the first cases involving orders for interim relief and awards for penalisation under the Act have been heard.
Winning Workplaces – A Spotlight on Talent
30/11/2016 - The theme of Ibec’s HR Leadership Summit held at the Croke Park conference centre in Dublin last month (October 27th) was 'Winning Workplaces - A spotlight on Talent'. The event attracted more than 400 HR directors, managers and business leaders. At the summit, delegates heard contributions from a range of speakers who explored the key trends affecting the workplace. Unsurprisingly, there was a strong focus throughout the day on the topic of employee development as a means of attracting and retaining talent.
Be Winter Ready campaign 2016-2017
29/11/2016 - The Office for Emergency Planning, in the Department of Defence has launched their Be Winter-Ready campaign for 2016-2017. The campaign addresses issues arising specifically from our winter weather and includes a considerable amount of advice and information for the business sector.
Centralised public sector pay agreement critical for competitiveness
21/11/2016 - Recent weeks have seen significant pressure coming from trade unions, both in the public and private sectors, with higher pay demands. Ibec has indicated both to the Government and in the media the importance of maintaining a centralised public sector pay agreement for stability and competitiveness
A short guide to the Book of Quantum 2016
28/10/2016 - Much has been said and written about the new Book of Quantum, since its publication, but the reality is that the courts, the Injuries Board and others settling personal injury claims are required to have regard to it.
Ibec concern at government plans to legislate for low hours contracts
26/10/2016 - The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is proposing to legislate in relation to a number of recommendations arising from the University of Limerick study. Ibec has expressed its concern at the proposals, submitting that they will have an adverse effect on businesses at a time when we need to be enhancing economic competitiveness and sustaining employment, particularly in light of the UK’s impending exit from the European Union.
Ibec participates in Eurofound seminar on impact of digitalisation on work
26/10/2016 - In its contribution to the recent Eurofound seminar on the impact of digitalisation on work, Ibec highlighted the potential of the digital economy to create jobs and enhance productivity across our economy. It emphasised, however, that ensuring that people have the skills required in the future labour market is fundamental to realising this potential and enabling citizens to benefit from digitalisation and future work opportunities.
Ireland must work harder to attract skilled talent - Ibec President
26/10/2016 - A recovering economy and labour market brings with it different stresses for HR professionals, such as wage pressure and skills shortages but it also brings new opportunties and the potential to try new things, reinvigorate our skill set and excel in new areas. This was the message from Anne Heraty, CEO of CPL Resources and recently appointed Ibec President speaking at Ibec's HR Leadership Summit in Dublin on October 27th.
Options if an employee has difficulty attending for work because of disruption to public transport
31/08/2016 - Employers have various options to consider when deciding how to treat the periods of time when employees are unavailable for work due to disruption to public transport. The company’s approach should ideally be clarified beforehand.
Employment law implications of the Report of the Interdepartmental Group on Fuller Working Lives
30/08/2016 - The Report of the Interdepartmental Group on Fuller Working Lives fails to address is the removal of unnecessary barriers to working longer according to Ibec Solicitor and Employment Law Specialist Gillian Verrecchia. Failure to examine the existing latitude provided by EU law in relation to the provision of fixed term contracts post retirement would be a missed opportunity.
New reporting of accidents and dangerous occurrences regulations, will come into force on 1 November 2016
30/08/2016 - New reporting of accidents and dangerous occurrences regulations, will come into force on 1 November 2016
Sample paternity leave policy
05/08/2016 - The Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 commenced on 1 August 2016. The Act enables a “relevant parent” to take two weeks paternity leave which must commence within the first 26 weeks of the birth/adoption of a child. Subject to eligibility and notification criteria being met, paternity leave will apply to births/placements that take place on or after the 1 September 2016. During paternity leave, employees who have the necessary PRSI contributions and hold a Public Services Card are entitled to paternity benefit from the Department of Social Protection.
Data protection queries from employees on the increase
28/07/2016 - There has been a steady increase in the number of queries and requests arising under the Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2003 from employees to their employers in recent years. While some have referred to “digital ambulance chasing”* the reality is that employees, as data subjects, have considerable rights under the legislation. These rights, and employers’ obligations, look set to increase in strength and impact when the legislation is reformed as part of the General Data Protection Regulation due to come into effect in 2018.
"Beyond Tinkering and Tailoring: Transforming Organisations"
28/07/2016 - Ibec are partners in a European PROGRESS funded initiative which is being led by the University of Limerick and whose partners include Dell, Cranfield University and Abertay University. The focus of the GEM project is to bring together decision makers and policy influencers to accelerate progress towards gender balance in key decision-making processes.To disseminate the policy and practice findings of this research across industry the project will culminate with a conference "Beyond Tinkering and Tailoring" scheduled to take place on the 22nd September 2016.
Conflicting advocate generals' opinions on religious dress at work poses challenge for Court
27/07/2016 - An Advocate General for the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that private companies cannot impose a blanket ban on Islamic headscarves at work contradicting an earlier Advocate General opinion in a similar case.
Ibec's concern at Labour Court's application of new IR legislation
30/06/2016 - The Labour Court has issued its first recommendation under the revised dispute settling mechanism set out in the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Acts 2001 to 2015. The resulting recommendation (Freshway Food Company - and SIPTU Recommendation No. LCR 21242) has given rise to a number of concerns regarding pay rates, industry comparators, representation and the policy direction of the Labour Court in wage setting.
Ibec continues to assess possible impact of Brexit on Irish employment law
30/06/2016 - As Ibec continues to assess the possible impact of last week's referendum result in the United Kingdom, it is important to state that the comparison between Irish statutory employment rights and those that apply in the UK has always been a concern for Irish business, specifically when considering the issue of overall competitiveness. The impact of Brexit is difficult to evaluate at this early stage, particularly until greater clarity emerges on the mode of departure from the EU ultimately settled upon by the UK.
Health and Safety Good Practice Awards launched
31/05/2016 - The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work launched its two-year Europe-wide campaign called "Healthy Workplaces for all Ages" on 15 April. As part of the campaign, the EU-OSHA launched the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards. The awards aim to highlight organisations making outstanding and innovative contributions at work in the context of an ageing workforce. Irelands's Health and Safety Authority is accepting applications for the awards up to Friday, 9 September.
Hidden disabilities - #iseebeyond
31/05/2016 - Earlier this year, Headway, Brain Injury Services & Support spearheaded a public awareness campaign #iseebeyond to raise awareness of Hidden Disabilities, or disabilities that do not comprise a noticeable physical difference.
Ibec raises concerns about the implications of the Cush report for third level education
30/05/2016 - The report of an expert group on fixed-term part time employment in lecturing in the third level sector was published on 12 May. The government commissioned report by senior counsel Michael Cush, makes a number of recommendations which if adopted, Ibec believes, will further shackle a sector already operating under severe constraints.
Taking Diversity to the next level - Supply Chain Diversity
30/05/2016 - For some time now employers have been taking steps to ensure they have an inclusive culture, that their policies and procedures are ‘diversity proofed’. The whole area of supply chain diversity is a deeper aspect of diversity and inclusion and one that employers in Ireland have been slower to fully embrace. Supply Chain Diversity was the topic for a thought leadership event run by eir this month under the aegis of their diversity and inclusion programme. The audience comprised procurement and supply chain specialists from diverse range of organisations.
Ibec Employment Law Conference 2016 “Peak Performance”
26/05/2016 - Sponsored by Brightwater Recruitment Specialists, “Peak Performance” was the theme of this year’s annual Ibec Employment Law Conference, held in Dublin’s Croke Park on Thursday, 12 May. The steady improvement in the Irish economy provided the backdrop to this year’s event with renewed focus on the part of employers on getting the best from their employees.
Let’s talk about mental health?
26/05/2016 - Whether we talk about mental health or not, we know that at this time in our organisation, 1 in 4 of us is experiencing a mental health difficulty.To address this important issue and look at mental health for the benefit of the individual and that of the organisation, Ibec is hosting a breakfast briefing for employers on 3 June. The morning will begin with a keynote address by Dr Claire Hayes, Director of Aware on mental health and resilience in the workplace. This will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from Vodafone, Obama Plaza and Core Media all of whose companies are engaged excellent practices around mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Six months of the WRC - learnings for employers
29/04/2016 - The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) became operational in October 2015. A previous HRlink article outlined Ibec's interpretation of the detailed guidelines for complainants and respondents (employers) utilising the new service for employment and equality complaints. This article has been updated to reflect the learnings from the first six months of operation of the WRC and to ensure that employers are fully aware of the implications of the new procedures for preparing and defending cases.
The future of mandatory retirement ages - what the law now requires of employers
28/04/2016 - The Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 has introduced significant changes to retirement ages. Consideration must now be given by all employers to objectively justifying both their contractual retirement age, and a fixed term contract if one is provided post contractual age. The means of achieving the aim must be both appropriate and necessary. Retirement ages and the implications of the Act for employers will be covered extensively at Ibec's Employment Law Conference 2016.
Address by Maeve McElwee, Ibec Director of Employer Relations at event to mark Workers' Memorial Day 2016
27/04/2016 - On April 28, as Workers’ Memorial Day was being marked globally, Ibec joined with the Health and Safety Authority, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Construction Industry Federation to remember all those who have been killed, injured and bereaved through workplace accident.
Recent au pair decision revives question of when is an employee not an employee
06/04/2016 - On 8 March 2016, the WRC awarded a Spanish au pair €9,229 when it held that she was an employee of her host family. This decision has, once again, revived the vexed question of when is an employee not an employee.
Ibec response to proposals for revision of Posting of Workers Directive
30/03/2016 - Ibec response to proposals for revision of Posting of Workers Directive
European Court of Human Rights rules employer entitled to read employee's private emails sent at work
28/01/2016 - In a case put before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), judges ruled that a company which had read an employee’s messages sent through Yahoo Messenger while he was at work was within its rights to do so. The majority decision finding against Mr Barbulescu, a Romanian worker, was that the monitoring of the Yahoo messenger service, which was specifically for work purposes, was limited in scope and proportionate. Mr Barbulescu had alleged a breach of the Convention of Human Rights when his former employer monitored his online Yahoo messenger account.
Ibec January 2016 Submission to DJEI in response to the University of Limerick Study on the Prevalence of Zero Hour and Low Hour Contracts among Irish employers and their employees
04/01/2016 - In this Submission, Ibec responds to the University of Limerick Study on the Prevalence of Zero Hour Contracts and Low Hour Contracts among Irish employers and their employees.
HRlink year in review
23/12/2015 - As the year draws to a close, it’s time to look back on the IR and HR developments that shaped the last 12 months of HRlink.
A Year in Review - Ibec's Employer Relations Division in 2015
21/12/2015 - As 2015 draws to a close, we look back at the past 12 months and share with you our review of some of the key events of the year. Knowledge gathering and knowledge sharing is the foundation of the Employer Relations Division within Ibec and we have had another busy year making your voice heard.
Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 heralds change for employers and their ability to set compulsory retirement ages and fixed term contracts post retirement age.
21/12/2015 - The Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 heralds change for employers and their ability to set compulsory retirement ages and fixed term contracts post retirement age. The Act was signed into law by the Presidential Committee on the 10 December last and is expected to commence early in 2016.
A Study on the Prevalence of Zero Hours Contracts – an Ibec perspective
27/11/2015 - The above study was commissioned by Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD in February 2015 following a wave of media reports on the exploitative nature of zero hours contracts. The resulting report, compiled by the University of Limerick, was published on the 3rd of November 2015.
Be Winter Ready
27/11/2015 - The Office for Emergency Planning, in the Department of Defence has launched their Be Winter-Ready campaign.The campaign addresses issues arising specifically from our winter weather and includes useful tips for the business community. See also Ibec's Inclement Weather guidance note.
Proposal to abolish retirement age
30/10/2015 - Deputy Anne Ferris introduced the Employment Equality (Abolition of Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2014 on 9 October last. The Bill itself proposes to abolish mandatory retirement ages by amending the Employment Equality Act 1998. Ibec objects to the abolition of retirement ages from an employers' perspective given the inherent difficulties and uncertainty it brings with it.
Threatened strike action by TEEU in Manufacturing Sector
05/10/2015 - Companies in the manufacturing sector have recently received correspondence from the TEEU calling for a one day national strike in the manufacturing sector on 2nd November in relation to the issue of apprenticeship student fees. This issue arises from the decision of the Government in Budget 2014 to impose the full amount of the (pro-rata) student charge directly on apprentices.
'Taming Tigers' author for Ibec HR Leadership Summit
29/09/2015 - “What flattened that grass overnight?” is an important question to a prey animal who like humans has an innate suspicion of a change in their environment. Humans share this innate suspicion of a change in our operational landscape but, says Jim Lawless (cultural consultant and Europe's most sought after motivational speaker) we can use our intellect to overcome our instinct to flee. By 'taming our inner tigers', he says, we can develop and and reach our potential. Jim Lawless will share his 10 Rules for Taming Tigers at Ibec's 2015 HR Leadership Summit!
Concept of a Living Wage is not fit for purpose - Ibec
29/09/2015 - Ibec published its position paper on the Living Wage at an Ibec members' forum on the topic held in Dublin on Sepember 28. Ibec believes that the concept of a living wage is not fit for for purpose and in its Living Wage Policy Brief, considers some other strategies more appropriate to securing improved pay.
New CJEU ruling on pay for certain travel times
29/09/2015 - The CJEU has ruled that the time spent travelling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed office location can be considered working time. In assessing the impact of this case, points out Rhona Murphy Head of Ibec's Legal Services Unit, it is important to make the distinction between workers who have a fixed place of work at which they attend daily and those for whom their place of work, and proximity to work varies daily.
Workplace Relations Act 2015 - guidance document
29/09/2015 - The Workplace Relations Act 2015 has been signed into law and will come into effect on Thursday the 1st of October 2015. It brings to a conclusion an ambitious reform project initiated by Richard Bruton TD, the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation in July 2011.
World mental health day is October 10th 2015. What will your organisation be doing?
29/09/2015 - Walk in My Shoes, a campaign of St Patrick’s Mental Health Foundation, are raising awareness of the importance of mental health in the work place while generating vital funds to provide mental health support, information and services to people in communities throughout Ireland. On October 10th they are asking organisations to step out of their comfort zone and wear shoes you normally wouldn’t for a day – odd shoes, mismatched shoes, wellies, slippers - and raise awareness for mental health. Ibec and Walk in My Shoes are also collaborating on a breakfast briefing event as part of Ibec’s HR Roundtable series on Mental Health in the Workplace on November 4th. To book your place at this briefing please contact Alma Corcoran on 01 6051596 or email email@example.com
Managing attendance during the Rugby World Cup
28/09/2015 - The 2015 Rugby World Cup continues until the final on 31 October. See our guidance on managing attendance during RWC 2015 and kicking any issues into touch.
Work permit changes will ease shortages in several industries including IT and meat sectors
28/09/2015 - The Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2015 commenced on 1 September 2015. The Work Permit changes will ease shortages in the IT sector in particular. A limited number of General Employment Permits in respect of meat boners are being made available to address skills shortages in that sector.
Changes to existing employment equality legislation in Ireland imminent
20/08/2015 - There are two pieces of draft legislation amending equality legislation making their way through the Houses of the Oireachtas at the moment. These are the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 and the Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2015. The amendments will ensure that religious-run schools or hositals cannot discriminate staff on the basis of sexual orientation or based on lone parent or divorcee status. They will also have implications for contractual retirement age and the use of fixed term contracts post retirement.
The Future of HR: Preparing for Longevity
19/08/2015 - What happens to work when people live for a hundred years? If you are 60 and have not suffered any serious health concerns, you are well positioned to reach the big 100 according to Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and keynote speaker at Ibec's 2015 HR Leadership Summit on 21 October. Read Professor Gratton's insights into how the HR function will be responsible for translating these demographic trends into new approaches to long-standing practices such as recruitment, training and development, and remuneration.
Accrual of annual leave and sick leave
11/08/2015 - Section 86 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 amended sections 19, 20 and 23 of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 to bring the Act into line with recent rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union to allow workers to accrue annual leave during periods of sick leave.
The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015 has been signed into law
27/07/2015 - The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015 has been signed into law and will come into effect in the coming weeks. Thankfully, Ireland's voluntarist approach to industrial relations has been preserved under the new legislation
HR Leadership Summit speaker identifies top trends shaping HR Agenda
24/07/2015 - Global organisations today navigate a “new world of work” - one that requires a dramatic change in strategies for leadership, talent, and human resources.
The millennial generation will soon be integral to the future world of business
24/07/2015 - The millennial generation will soon be integral to the future world of business. In ten years they will make up 75% of the workforce. Looking for guidance on preparing for the millennials? Read the advice of Peter Cosgrove, Director with CPL and founder of the Future of Work Institute in Ireland. Peter Cosgrove will also share his insights with delegates at Ibec's 2015 HR Leadership Summit 'Future Workplaces' on 21 October 2015.
Number of women in decision making roles in Ireland remains an issue
30/06/2015 - A recent Ibec/ Department of Justice and Equality conference held in Dublin addressed the issue of women's under-representation in decision making roles and showcased better ways to promote gender-balanced leadership.
Speech by Maeve McElwee, Head of IR/HR at the Ibec Annual Employment Law Conference - 14 May 2015
28/05/2015 - Speech by Maeve McElwee, Head of IR/HR at the Ibec Annual Employment Law Conference
Ibec Employment Law Conference 2015 “The Future of Workplace Flexibility"
14/05/2015 - Sponsored by Brightwater Recruitments Specialists, “The Future of Workplace Flexibility” was the theme of this year’s annual Ibec Employment Law Conference, held in Dublin on Thursday, 14 May.
Employment Permit - Trusted Partner Initiative
13/05/2015 - Trusted Partner Initiative - Employment Permits
Concern at Circuit Court orders purporting to enforce Labour Court appeal decisions
25/03/2015 - Ibec has received a significant number of calls raising concerns following reports that the Circuit Court had made a “binding order” under section 13(9) of the Industrial Relations Act 1969. The orders have been referred to in some quarters as a legal “first”.
Warning on cost of paid paternity leave
26/02/2015 - Mixed messages are coming from government about the possible introduction of paid paternity leave, as part of the upcoming Family Leave Bill.
Legislative watch list 2015
23/01/2015 - The reform of dispute resolution agencies, changes to Registered Employment Orders and provisions that will allow for the accrual of annual leave during sick leave are among the items on this year’s employment related legislative watch list.
Apprenticeship Council issues calls for proposals
20/01/2015 - The Apprenticeship Council is inviting proposals from consortia of industry and education and training providers to develop new apprenticeships in areas outside the current 27 trades.
Workplace equality index
20/01/2015 - GLEN – Gay and Lesbian Equality Network has developed a Workplace Equality Index for Ireland. This Workplace Equality Index is an essential way for HR and Diversity professionals to measure their organisations' efforts to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive workplace for LGBT employees.
Changes to maximum working hours for Non EEA students on a stamp 2
23/12/2014 - From 1 January 2015 students on an immigration stamp 2 will be only permitted to work 40 hours per week during the months of May, June, July and August and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive. At all other times they may only work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week.
Clarification on remuneration, board and accommodation with Intra-Company Transfers
19/12/2014 - The following guidance note from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is designed to facilitate applicants for Intra-Company Transfer and Contract for Service Employment Permits in relation to the information required when filling out applications.
2014: the year in review
12/12/2014 - As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to look back on the IR and HR developments that shaped the last 12 months of HRlink.
HR Update 2014 - Pay
12/12/2014 - Data was collected in November 2014 in relation to companies’ pay expectations for 2014 and 2015. A total of 462 companies responded to the survey overall.
Gender balanced leadership – the route to success
09/12/2014 - Challenges, opportunities and solutions for achieving gendered balanced leadership were the topics of discussion at the joint Ibec and Department of Justice & Equality’s conference last week in Dublin Castle. The conference, aimed at promoting and supporting gender balanced leadership, brought together over 200 participants from both the public and private sectors to hear from business and political thought leaders on why gender balance is important for organisations and how that can be achieved.
EXPLAINER: WHY HOLIDAY PAY IS HITTING THE HEADLINES
05/11/2014 - In the UK, holiday pay has been making waves in the media recently. This stems from the CJEU case of ZJR Lock v British Gas Trading Limited, about sales commission and holiday pay, and the application of the of this case by the UK courts for other matters, such as the inclusion of overtime in holiday pay. In this article we take a look at this issue and compare this to the Irish situation.
Adaptable Organisation - HR Leadership Summit 2014
04/11/2014 - How to build an organisation that can outrun change by building a self-renewing organisation that taps into the imagination, talents and resourcefulness of its workforce and the science behind leadership were highlights of the recent Ibec HR Leadership Summit ‘The Adaptable Organisation’ held in Dublin’s Convention Centre on 23 October.
Address by Larry Murrin, Ibec President and CEO Dawn Farm Foods at the Ibec HR Leadership Summit
04/11/2014 - Address by Larry Murrin, Ibec President and CEO Dawn Farm Foods at the Ibec HR Leadership Summit themed The Adaptable Organisation, held on Thursday 23 October 2014 in the National Convention Centre
Creating an adaptable workforce - Ibec HR Leadership Summit 2014
04/11/2014 - The event also featured case studies involving DePuy Synthes Ireland and Openet who shared their experience on how they have embedded a culture of adaptability into their organisational culture, with delegates getting a hands-on look at the practical implications of achieving excellence in adaptability.
Ebola FAQs and General Continuity Planning Guidance
04/11/2014 - Should an organisation introduce special business interruption or pandemic plans? While there does not appear to be any concern or risk of an Ebola pandemic occurring in Ireland or outside of the three countries currently affected all employers should have plans for business interruption, whether this be from pandemics, power supply issues, emergencies or natural disasters. They should be revised, reviewed and tested regularly. Our Ebola FAQs may be of interest to managers dealing with employee queries together with our general Business Continuity Planning guidance document.
Ibec Absence Report 2014
03/11/2014 - The Ibec survey on rates of pay was undertaken in January 2014. A total of 362 companies responded to the survey. The total employed by these companies is 120,126 employees. A question on absence was included in the survey. All absence data is based on the year ending 31st December 2013.
Budget 2015 - implications for employers
17/10/2014 - Budget 2015 contains a number of very positive measures for employers and the wider economy. Ibec’s pre-budget submission had made key recommendations to Government for Budget 2015 which we are pleased to see have been acted upon. The overall impact of the Budget will support business and consumer confidence and crucially improve personal spending power for 2015.
Ibec calls for reform of Working Time Directive
15/10/2014 - Ibec calls for reform of Working Time Directive
LRC proposal on a code of practice for Sunday working in JLC-regulated sectors
15/10/2014 - The Labour Relations Commission (the “LRC”) is proposing a code of practice on Sunday working to provide for a Sunday premium rate to apply across sectors of the economy regulated by joint labour committees (“JLCs”)
Save the date: Investing in talent
15/10/2014 - Ibec and the Department of Justice and Equality, next month, be hosting a conference on Investing in Talent: promoting gender balanced leadership
Sleepover duty is working time; consequences for the health sector
15/10/2014 - Labour Court gives nine months to adjust rosters; employers must pay minimum wage for time spent asleep.
Employers may not require employees to make data access requests
15/09/2014 - The Minister for Justice and Equality has brought into effect a provision of the Data Protection Acts which prohibits employers from requiring employees to make data access requests. Whereas to date, some employers may have included criminal background checks in their recruitment process and required prospective employees to ask the Gardaí for their own criminal record and to hand the results over to the employer, the new provision prohibits the employer from doing so.
Government Proposals for systems of Registered Employment Agreements and Registered Employment Orders
15/09/2014 - Government proposals for new wage-setting mechanisms may impact sectors not previously governed by REAs. Ibec is seeking members’ views on the Government’s proposed replacement for the registered employment agreement (REA) mechanism. This new mechanism could apply to any sector of industry; it would not be limited to the sectors covered by the former REA system.
New speakers added to line-up for Ibec HR Leadership Summit 2014
19/08/2014 - James Winters, DePuy Synthes Ireland and Niall Horton, Openet have been added to the line-up of speakers for Ibec's 2014 HR Leadership Summit scheduled to take place in 23 October.
Engagement initiatives - HRUpdate Issue 1, 2014
18/08/2014 - With increasing attention on employee engagement and retention, the Ibec HRUpdate Issue 1, 2014 found that training and development was the most common engagement activity undertaken, with almost three quarters of companies (73%) providing opportunities, closely followed by employee briefings (70%) and social events (66%).
Whistleblowing legislation now in place
16/07/2014 - The Protected Disclosures Bill 2013 was enacted this week.
Back to Basics - from Contracts to Claims
19/05/2014 - Sponsored by Oracle and supported by Brightwater Recruitments Specialists, “Back to Basics – from Contracts to Claims” was the theme of this year’s annual Ibec Employment Law Conference, held in Dublin on Thursday, 15 May.
High Court confirms that occupational stress is not actionable
19/05/2014 - The High Court has provided a valuable distinction between occupational stress and workplace stress and bullying in Glynn -v- Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform 
Ibec Head of IR/HR identifies key areas of work on employment law agenda currently being legislated for
19/05/2014 - Address by Maeve McElwee, Head of IR/HR, at Ibec’s 2014 Employment Law Conference “Back to Basics” held in Clontarf Castle, Dublin on 15 May 2014.
Critical questions for employers with DC pension schemes
07/04/2014 - The defined contribution option is now the standard model. While DC may be less challenging for employers than the defined benefit model, it still raises issues.
Injunction to prevent strike action at Irish Airports
12/03/2014 - The High Court granted injunctions preventing the four-hour work stoppage by Siptu members at the country’s three main airports due to take place on Friday 14 March. Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted injunctions in proceedings taken by the Dublin Airport Authority and Ryanair preventing the strike from going ahead. Earlier this week Ibec CEO Danny McCoy wrote to Ibec members and outlined the efforts to resolve the industrial relations dispute relating to the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme through the appointment of an Expert Panel to investige how a final resolution can be secured.
Update on Workplace Relations Reform, March 2014
10/03/2014 - The Draft Scheme of the Workplace Relations Bill establishing a new two-tier workplace relations (the Workplace Relations Commission) structure to replace the current five bodies is reported to be at an advanced stage.
Minister signs orders in respect of JLC system
10/02/2014 - On 29 January 2014, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, took the next steps consequent on a review of the joint labour committees (JLCs) by the Labour Court.
2014 Funding supports for employment and R&D talent acquisition
09/01/2014 - It is important for employers to avail of any support schemes for which they are eligible when recruiting staff. These are divided into employment supports which aim to improve access to employment and R&D schemes that support talent acquisition and development.
HR Budget Update SURVEY RESULTS November 2013
19/11/2013 - Member companies were survey recently to see if they plan to review their company sick pay or maternity/adoptive benefit policies in response to new measures provided for in Budget 2014.
Ibec rejects most of the findings of the review of JLCs
14/10/2013 - Ibec believes that the review into joint labour committees (JLCs) is deeply flawed and would create unjustifiable wage anomalies across the country.
Ibec concerned at implications for employers in proposed whistleblower legislation.
23/09/2013 - Ibec is concerned about the implications for employers of the Protected Disclosures in the Public Interest Bill.