In this issue
SFA Annual Subscription 2015
New SFA Strategy 2015-2020
National Economic Dialogue
Low Pay Commission recommends 50c Minimum Wage Increase
SFA Submission on Tax and Entrepreneurship
Late Payments Legislation - Interest Rate Change
Accrual of Annual Leave whilst on Sick Leave
Pregnancy at Work
Workplace Dress Code during the Summer Months
Company Summer Social Events
SFA Submission on Period of Bankruptcy
FibrePower Competition
Events
SFA National Small Business Awards 2016 Programme
 
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SFA Employment Law Conference 2015 – 24th September
 
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SFA Annual Lunch – 6th November
 
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Welcome to the July News Update 2015
 

Dear Member

In this month's edition of the SFA news update we inform you about the New SFA Strategy 2015-2020, the SFA representing small business at the Government's new National Economic Dialogue, the Low Pay Commission recommending 50c Minimum Wage Increase and the recent Late Payments Interest rate change.

Also covered is the impending Accrual of Annual Leave whilst on Sick Leave, Pregnancy at Work, Workplace Dress Code during Summer Months and enjoying Company Summer Social Events appropriately.

SFA Submissions have also been sent in on Tax and Entrepreneurship and on the Period of Bankruptcy.  We also inform you of all our media coverage during July and our up and coming events.

Please do keep us informed of any issues that may concern you.

Kind regards

Patricia Callan
SFA Director



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SFA Annual Subscription 2015
 

SFA membership is an important asset to your business and if you have not already done so, could I ask you to please remit your annual subscription by return.  My sincere thanks to the many companies who have already responded with their 2015 subscriptions.  As in your own business, we are continuously seeking...

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New SFA Strategy 2015-2020
 
On 1 July 2015, the SFA National Council adopted a strategy for the association for the next five years. It sets out not only the objectives for the growth and development of the SFA but also a broader vision for the small business environment in Ireland in the coming years. The strategy reaffirms the SFA's mission...
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National Economic Dialogue
 
The SFA represented small business at the Government's new National Economic Dialogue, which took place in Dublin Castle on 16-17 July.  SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan participated in the workshop...
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Low Pay Commission recommends 50c Minimum Wage Increase
 
The Low Pay Commission has recommended a 50c increase in the National Minimum Wage, which will increase it from €8.65 per hour to €9.15 per hour.  The Government will announce its decision on whether to implement this increase in Budget 2016, and it...
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SFA Submission on Tax and Entrepreneurship
 
On 14 July 2015, the SFA made a written submission to the Department of Finance's Tax and Entrepreneurship Review. Drawing on established SFA policy positions and specific member input, the...
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Late Payments Legislation - Interest Rate Change
 
Under the Late Payment in Commercial Transactions Regulations, interest at the rate of the European Central Bank rate plus 8% can be applied to payments made after a 30 day payment period has expired...
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Accrual of Annual Leave whilst on Sick Leave
 
The Workplace Relations Act 2015 has been signed by the President. It is set to radically overhaul the existing employment law bodies with the objective of streamlining the adjudication of employee rights and related matters and introduces new enforcement measures for NERA.  In order to promote higher levels of compliance with...
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Pregnancy at Work
 
As the earliest stages of pregnancy are the most critical ones for the developing child, it is in the employee’s best interest to let her employer know as soon as possible that she is pregnant and employers should encourage early notification for this reason.  The Pregnancy at Work Regulations, which...
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Workplace Dress Code during the Summer Months
 
If your employee’s workplace summer attire starts looking more like a day at the seaside than a day at the office, it may be time to re-enforce your dress code. Most company dress codes require...
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Company Summer Social Events
 
During this time of year many employers organise a workplace outing for staff to boost morale and spirit.  An employer needs to be careful and to ensure that company social events are...
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SFA Submission on Period of Bankruptcy
 
The SFA called for a reduction in the period of bankruptcy period from three years to one in a submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.  The SFA...
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FibrePower Competition
 
Eircom has launched a nationwide competition to identify the next “Fibre to the Home” rural trial community.  The move follows on from the first successful trial site in...
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