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SFA Annual Subscription 2015
SFA Annual Conference – 10th June
Sign Up to be a Prompt Payer
Low Pay Commission – SFA Submission
Electronic Payroll payments need to be made early for the May bank holiday weekend
Start Preparing for the new Companies Act – 1 June
Private Health Insurance – Penalties
Central Bank SME Lending Code Consultation – SFA Submission
Return to Work Interviews
SFA National Small Business Awards
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Welcome to the April News Update
 
Dear Member

Covered in this month's edition of the SFA News Update we inform you about our up and coming SFA National Annual Conference 2015 "Boost", which is taking place on the 10th June in The Clyde Court Hotel.  It is a must day out for every small business owner. 

We inform you about signing up to be a Prompt Payer, how Electronic Payroll payments need to be made early for the May Bank Holiday Weekend and the need to Start Preparing for the new Companies Act - 1st June.

We also cover the Private Health Insurance Penalties approaching and Return to Work Interviews after being out sick from the workplace.

The SFA have also made two recent Submissions, one to the Low Pay Commission and another to the Central Bank SME Lending Code Consultation.

Please do keep me updated on any issues that 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 to...

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SFA Annual Conference – 10th June
 
The SFA Annual Conference entitled “BOOST” -  your confidence, your team, your business, your profits” will take place on Wednesday, 10th June 2015 from 8.30-1pm, followed by lunch
in the Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin 4.  The period of recession impacted...
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Sign Up to be a Prompt Payer
 
The Government recently launched the Prompt Payments Code, which the SFA is partnering on, in encouraging members to sign up to be a prompt payer and to choose to do business with others who have signed the Code.  By committing to the Code, you are...
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Low Pay Commission – SFA Submission
 
The SFA made a submission to the recently established Low Pay Commission, whose remit is to decide on the appropriate movement in the level of the National Minimum Wage.  To read the full copy of the submission and...
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Electronic Payroll payments need to be made early for the May bank holiday weekend
 
Members need to be aware of some important information with regard to customer payments around the upcoming May bank holiday weekend.  Friday 1st May 2015 is a European bank holiday – although a normal...
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Start Preparing for the new Companies Act – 1 June
 
The long awaited Companies Bill was finally enacted in December 2014 with an intended date for commencement on the 1st June 2015. Therefore members need to start preparing themselves and their companies for the changes.  The Companies Registration Office (CRO) are going to start making the public aware...
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Private Health Insurance – Penalties
 

Over 35s with no private health insurance to face higher prices if and when they take out policy.  From 1 May, lifetime community rating (LCR) will be applied to individuals taking out health insurance for the first time after the age of 35.  A loading rate of...

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Central Bank SME Lending Code Consultation – SFA Submission
 
The Central Bank is undertaking a review of their SME Lending Code to strengthen protections for small businesses in their dealings with financial institutions.  To read a copy of the SFA Submission...
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Return to Work Interviews
 
Carrying out return to work interviews is one of the most effective measures employers can take to reduce absenteeism from the company.  The purpose of conducting a return to work interview is for the...
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SFA National Small Business Awards
 
The SFA National Small Business Awards Ceremony took place in the RDS Concert Hall on Wednesday, 4th March 2015.  The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD,
was the Guest of Honour and made the presentations.  The event...
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