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Family Leave Bill

The Government recently approved the drafting of the Family Leave Bill 2013. The Bill will transpose the revised EU Parental Leave Directive 2010. Legislation must be in place by 8 March 2013. Key provisions of the Bill include: It will increase the amount of leave from fourteen weeks to eighteen weeks per child per parent. The leave may be transferred from one parent to another but only under the condition that each parent retains at least one...
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National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vunerable persons) Act 2012

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 This was enacted on 26 December 2012. Its purpose is to provide a legislative basis for the vetting of people looking for employment with children or vulnerable persons. This vetting is now mandatory. Any employer who fails to ensure vetting is carried out will face criminal penalties. The Act applies to every relevant organisation, that is, any person, incorporated or unincorporated company and any employment agency which provides employment, whether under a contract of employment, contract for services or otherwise, involving children and vulnerable...
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Fair Dismissal

What is a fair dismissal? A dismissal of an employee occurs when; An employer terminates the contract, either with or without giving notice A fixed term/specific purpose contract ends and is not renewed The employee leaves, with or without giving notice, in circumstances in which they are entitled to do so because of the employer
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The benefits to Irish employers of outsourcing employment law and health/safety compliance.

What are the benefits of outsourcing Employment Law and Health and Safety compliance? Since the success of any business (irrespective of size) depends on its people, employment and health and safety law are hugely important functions of any organisation regardless of size. It is often said that employees are your biggest asset. But often they can, if not managed properly, end up being your largest overhead. Without proper policies and procedures in place work place accidents and unfair dismissals can prove costly for any business. Employees are legally entitled to: A contract of employment Payment of wages and a payment slip are obligatory Time and leave entitlements Not be discriminated against A safe workplace Health and safety law places obligations on the employer to provide a safe place of work. Accidents and ill-health cost businesses money, in lost time, lost skills, insurance premium hikes, legal proceedings and claims. The benefits of effective health and safety management to small businesses are very significant. There is clear evidence that effective policies procedures along with health and safety management contributes directly to overall business success. Finding time to understand and implement legislative requirements in addition to managing your business can be extremely challenging. An effective and complete virtual human resource management partner can remove this burden by taking the hassle out of your...
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Employer protection against costly employment claims

How to protect yourself against costly employment claims There are numerous state bodies covering the area of employment law and more than 40 employment laws, statutory instruments, and codes of practice governing employment in Ireland. Under these circumstances, It
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