NEWS
 
Data Protection Commissioner report reveals data protection complaints up by 79%

This week we pause our weekly GDPR tip to announce some key highlights from the 2017 Data Protection Annual Report. Read on to check out the highlights along with Helen Dixon’s message in relation to GDPR.

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Queries to SFA highlight challenges around probation, absence and retirement in member companies

The SFA is concerned that there are many misconceptions around probation among member companies. For this reason, next week’s Business Bytes seminar will show you how to manage a difficult probation, ensuring that you do not fall foul of employment law. The seminar will also cover absence management/sick leave as this was the number one query from SFA members in both January and February this year.

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A case of CCTV footage and a disciplinary issue

This week we look at a case study in the 2017 Data Protection Commissioner Annual Report. It looks at the use of CCTV footage in a disciplinary process. Read on and learn from this example of what to do when the privacy rights of an employee clashes with the legitimate interests of a business…

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Cork named most business-friendly small European city

Cork has been named the best small city in Europe for business friendliness by the Financial Times’ fDi magazine. The magazine also ranked Cork as one of the overall top 25 European cities of the future 2018/19, coming in above global cities such as Copenhagen, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Zurich.

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Looking to attract investment? Understanding the EIIS could help

Spotlight on the Employment and Investment Incentive Scheme (EIIS), which provides tax relief on investments in small companies. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to avail of it.

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Major pensions changes flagged in ‘Roadmap for Pensions Reform’

On 28 February, the Government published the ‘Roadmap for Pensions Reform 2018-2023’. The roadmap contains plans that will have significant implications for small business. The Small Firms Association has lobbied on these issues for decades and this lobbying will now intensify.

 

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TRAINING PROGRAMMES
 
Manual Handling and other upcoming training courses

Manual handling is an essential element of the day-to-day work of many small businesses. This half-day course is just one of the SFA training courses coming up as part of our ‘Training that counts’ suite. All programmes are delivered by expert trainers with many years of industry experience.

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  • Storm Emma / Beast from the East
  • SFA National Small Business Awards
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EVENTS
 
SFA GDPR in Action workshop
  • 9 March, SFA offices
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HR update 2018: From beginnings to endings and HR in the middle
  • 14 March, SFA offices
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GDPR in action – Cork
  • 21 March,  Maryborough Hotel

 

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SFA Annual Conference
  • 24 May, UCD Science Centre
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