In this issue
SFA Annual Subscription 2015
SFA Annual Conference – 10th June
SFA Submission on Mandatory Pension Proposal
The New Companies Act 2014 - With effect from the 1st June
HSA launches free on-line Health and Safety Courses for Small Business
Ibec Economic Outlook Report
Employment of Young Persons
Work Permit and Visa Reform - Trusted Partner Initiative
ThinkBusiness.ie - “Go To” Digital Destination for Irish Businesses
"Giving and Gaining - How Entrepreneurs view Philanthropy in Ireland"
Events
SFA Employment Law Conference 2015 – Your Essential Road Map
 
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SFA Annual Lunch 2015 - Date for your Diary
 
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SFA National Small Business Awards 2016 Programme
 
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SFA in the Media in May
 
During the month of May the SFA featured in the media drawing attention to a number of topics that may directly impact on Small firms in Ireland.  SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan called for a three year freeze in the minimum wage.  He stated “Artificially increasing labour costs will not only dampen this recovery, but will ultimately lead to both the prevention of job growth and to job losses.”  To read the full press release please click here and to listen to his radio interview on RTE 1 Radio “Morning Ireland” please click here (fourth interview down from top of the page).

Patricia Callan SFA Director welcomed the continuing downward trend in the unemployment figures and she stated that affordability is key to the decision to employ someone from a business owners perspective.  To See her press release on this, please click here.

Patricia Callan has also come out rejecting the idea of having a mandatory pensions system in Ireland.  She stated: “It is clear that the current pension provision needs to be enhanced to meet the demands of future retirees but we are by no means convinced that mandatory pension provision is the best option. Mandatory pension provision will prove costly to employees, to business and to the Exchequer, without any associated benefits in the long term. As such, the willingness of both employees and employers to accept compulsory pension savings is seriously questionable.”  To read the full press release please click here and write up of it in the online Irish Times by clicking here.

Patricia Callan has also come out rejecting the idea of having a mandatory pensions system in Ireland.  She stated: “It is clear that the current pension provision needs to be enhanced to meet the demands of future retirees but we are by no means convinced that mandatory pension provision is the best option. Mandatory pension provision will prove costly to employees, to business and to the Exchequer, without any associated benefits in the long term. As such, the willingness of both employees and employers to accept compulsory pension savings is seriously questionable.”  To read the full press release please click here and the write up of it in the online Irish Times by clicking here.  You can also hear her Interview on RTE's  Radio 1 "Morning Ireland" on Monday 25th by clicking here (fourteenth interview down from the top 7.50am).