SFA E-zine – The Tuesday Edition
 

Dear Member, 

 

Welcome to this week's edition of our SFA e-zine. 

 

This week the SFA Annual Conference is taking place and we are delighted to have Kevin McManamon deliver the the closing address His talk on Prey to Predator is a must hear!  GDPR is top of the agenda for the SFA Annual Conference, John Keyes, Assistant Data Protection Commissioner will address attendees on the eve of GDPR, where he will be taking some questions from delegates in attendance.

 

With GDPR going live from midnight on Thursday, if you have not yet done so make sure you read our GDPR tip of the week, not only this week's tip but the archive we have built up.

 

As we prepare for summer make sure to read our advice on temporary employees who you may need to hire, either for extra support during busy months or to cover regular employees who are taking annual leave. Either way you need to be prepared.

 

If you have 2 minutes I kindly ask you to take part in the digital survey that we are supporting, and we will be sharing the results with you over the coming weeks.

 

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the conference on Thursday, make sure to come up to the team and say hi!

 

As always, we’d love to hear from you about any queries you may have, issues you wish to have raised with Government or other stakeholders and your ideas on how we can improve the business environment for us all. Please contact me on tel: 01 605 1602 or e-mail: sven@sfa.ie or tweet: @SFA_Irl or visit: www.sfa.ie.


Kind regards, 

Sven Spollen-Behrens

SFA Director

 


SFA IN THE MEDIA
SFA in the media
 
  • SFA Annual Conference

The SFA Annual Conference was mentioned in both the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner this week. 

 

Business This Week in the Irish Times referred to the conference as  'a defining event in the sector’s calendar' whilst the Irish Examiner stated that Michael Martin, TD will be the headline speaker at the conference.   

 

NEWS
Guidance on Data Controller to Data Processor contracts
 

The Data Protection Commission recently published guidance on Data Controller to Data Processor contracts. Read on to discover what is needed for these legally binding contracts under GDPR…


The Data Protection Commission have just released a short guidance document on what needs to go into a Data Controller to Data Processor contract in line with GDPR requirements. Firstly, the contract must be a legally binding document and secondly, it must state what the exact data processing requirements will be.

 

The Data Processor will agree to only process personal data in line with what is detailed in the contract and it is the responsibility of the Data Controller to ensure that the Data Processor complies with GDPR and has robust technical and organisational measures in place to protect the privacy rights of individuals.  

 

There are a number of mandatory provisions that must be included in the contract between a Data Controller and a Data Processor. At a minimum these need to include:

  • The subject matter, duration, nature and purpose of the data processing;
  • The type/s of personal data being processed;
  • The categories of data subjects whose personal data is being processed;
  • The obligations and rights of the Controller;
  • The Processor will only process personal data in line with the documented instructions from the Controller unless a legal requirement overrides this;
  • Processing of personal data is subject to a duty of confidentiality;
  • The Processor takes all measures to implement and ensure that appropriate technical and organisational measures are in place to protect the personal data received from the Controller;
  • The Processor obtains either specific authorisation or general written authorisation from the Data Controller before engaging any sub-processors that may process the personal data on behalf of the Controller.  In addition, the Controller has the right to object in advance to any sub-processor being appointed by the Processor;
  • That any approved sub-processors engaged by the Processor are subject to the same data protection obligations as the Processor and that the Processor remains directly liable to the Controller for the performance of a sub-processor’s data protection obligations;
  • The Processor assists the Controller in responding to data subject rights’ requests in line with GDPR;
  • The Processor assists the Controller to comply with and report data breaches in line with GDPR and where relevant, assist with data protection impact assessments
  • When the contract between the Data Processor and Data Controllers terminates, that the Processor deletes or returns the personal data received from the Controller;
  • That the Processor makes available to the Controller all information necessary to demonstrate compliance and that the Processor allows for and contributes to audits conducted by the Controller or a third party on the Controller’s behalf.

Other provisions that could be included in the contract between a Data Controller and Data Processor may include the following:

  • Liability provisions (including indemnities);
  • Detailed (technical) security provisions; and/or
  • Additional cooperation provisions between the Controller and Processor

As this is a legally binding document, SFA recommends that you obtain legal advice before issuing or signing a contract between a Data Controller and a Data Processor as we can only provide guidance and advice in this area.

 

If you would like more information on GDPR or to discuss your requirements further, please contact Helen at SFA on 01 6051668 or at helen.quinn@sfa.ie or visit our GDPR section on www.sfa.ie/advice

 

Kevin McManamon, Dublin footballer to address the SFA Annual Conference
 

The SFA are delighted to announce that Kevin McManamon, five time Dublin football All Ireland winner, will be delivering the closing address at this years SFA Annual Conference

 


The SFA are delighted to announce that Kevin McManamon, five time Dublin football All Ireland winner, will be delivering the closing address at this years SFA Annual Conference, Time to transform.  In the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final against Kerry, Kevin came on with 20 minutes to go and scored a goal to reduce the margin between the teams from four points to a single point. Dublin went on to win the match by a single point and the Irish Independent named him as their man of the match.

 

As part of Kevin’s presentation prey to predator, he advises how to be the predator rather than the prey as he explains his own personal experiences on the pitch while being part of the Dublin team.

 

Kevin McManamon knows first hand how it feels to be insecure and unsure in a situation and the impact this has on how you perform. He has pushed himself to take control and assert himself and by doing this, reaps the rewards.

 

Kevin's experience and drive will be a great way to end what is sure to be a wonderful morning of learning and networking focusing on the transformation of both the people and the business. 

 

If you have not done so already please make sure to register for your free place today

  • SFA members: FREE
  • 24 May, O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD
    Book now at www.sfa.ie/conf

 

 

 

Temporary employees for summertime
 

Need cover for a busy summer season or cover for your regular staff as they take their annual leave? Read on to learn about the different types of temporary contracts and what you should know when hiring temporary employees…..


With summer approaching, businesses might need additional help to cover a busy summer peak season or provide cover for annual leave for regular staff. If you need some extra help, temporary workers can be the ideal solution to save you stress without the need to hire additional permanent staff.

 

The types of temporary contracts that businesses can avail are:

  • Fixed term contracts – these are used for a specific period of time and the fixed term contract will state that the employment is from X date to X date.
  • Specified purpose contracts – these are used for a specific purpose. For example, if your business is busiest during the summer you could hire staff for this specific purpose or to cover a long term absence when you are unclear of their return to work date.
  • Casual / If and only contracts – these are used for casual work whereby a number of hours of work are offered each week, it may vary from week to week, and the employee can either accept or refuse the hours of work offered.
  • Zero-hour contracts – these are used whereby the hours and days of work are variable, however, the employee is required to be available for work even when there is no guarantee of work. In the event of an employer not giving an employee at least 25% of the hours that the employee must be available for work, the employee is entitled to payment of 25% of their contract hours or 15 hours, whichever is less.

When hiring temporary staff it is important that businesses know what the rights are for temporary staff and avoid falling foul of the law when employing workers on a short-term basis. Temporary employees have many of the same employment rights that apply to permanent staff. For example, they have the right to a written contract within two months of starting employment. If you need a sample temporary contract you can download one here.

 

Working conditions must be the same for temporary workers as they are for permanent employees which includes:

  • Annual leave entitlements (though calculated on a pro-rata basis)
  • Rates of pay
  • Rest periods
  • Tax arrangements

In addition, temporary employees have the right to take a discrimination claim in relation to areas such as age and race. It is important for employers to treat temporary staff in the same way as they would do a permanent employee to avoid any equality issues arising.

 

Alternative arrangements

 

If you prefer to pass the paperwork and payment responsibilities onto a third party, then you have the option of hiring your temporary staff via an agency. In this event, their employment rights will be in line with the Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Act 2012– which ensures that all temporary agency workers must receive equal treatment in basic working and employment conditions as if they had been recruited directly by the hirer.

 

For further information in this area, you can refer to our guideline on seasonal workers or temporary agency workers. If you would like to discuss the matter further you can contact Helen Quinn, SFA Executive, on 01 605 1668 or at helen.quinn@sfa.ie

Are you making the best use of digital technologies for your business?
 

This is a typical question commonly asked by Irish firms as they try to get to grips with how digital technologies can best be used to get maximum value for their businesses. 


To gain a better understanding and to provide further insight and learnings for firms, The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) at Maynooth University, Ulster University, and Anglia Ruskin University, England are undertaking research on the extent of digitization through IT within small and medium sized firms. 

 

We invite you as an SME owner/manager to complete the following online survey https://bit.ly/2G86D0p

 

We would be more than happy to share the findings of this study if that is of interest to you. 

 

Alternatively please email eileen.doherty@mu.ie who would be more than happy to help with any queries you may have. 

Trinity Business School Postgraduate careers fair
 

Trinity Business School are hosting a Postgraduate Careers Fair on Thursday 21st  June from 12pm – 3pm.


Trinity Business School are hosting a Postgraduate Careers Fair on Thursday 21st  June from 12pm – 3pm.

 

This will be the final careers fair of the academic year 2017-2018 and will provide a fantastic opportunity to engage with Trinity Business School post graduate students prior to the completion of their studies in mid July 2018. 

 

Ranked 1st in Ireland and 16th in Western Europe, Trinity College Dublin Business School attracts students from all over the world.  The Business School has over 600 Postgraduate Business Students across a number of disciplines including, MSc Finance, MSc Risk Management, MSc International Management, MSc Digital Marketing, MSc Entrepreneurship.

 

To book your place, please RSVP to businesscareers@tcd.ie.  Once registered you will be supplied with a desk, space for a pop up stand, access to interview rooms and refreshments.  There is no cost associated with this event.

 

The location for this event will be at the Trinity Business School, Postgraduate Office on Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 

EVENTS
SFA Annual Conference - Time to transform
 
  • 24 May, O'Brien Science Centre, UCD

For the first time SFA are delighted to offer their flagship event to our members FREE of charge.  This year our SFA Annual Conference, Time to transform will take place on the 24 May in the O’Brien Centre for Science in UCD.  The topics that will be discussed on the day are:

 

GDPR

On the eve of the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), delegates will hear from Ireland’s Assistant Data Protection Commissioner, John Keyes. Experts will assess the possibilities and pitfalls and identify the areas where ongoing vigilance will be crucial.

 

Digital Transformation

Technology and social media have already transformed how we work, communicate and do business. Digital futurist Colin Chapman will give us a glimpse into the future of tech and our stellar line-up of speakers will debate the future of work and how digital is changing our relationships with our customers.

 

Competitiveness

Ireland will be put under the spotlight as we discuss how to transform the business environment for the benefit of all small businesses. Competitiveness will be at the heart of this session, with a speech from Peter Clinch, Chair of the National Competitiveness Council. We will also hear directly from businesses about the challenges they have overcome.

 

Make sure to book your place NOW!

Radio interview skills for your business
 
  • 31 May, Dublin City fm

As a business owner, you should be creating opportunities to be interviewed on radio, talking about your own business, talking about your industry, commenting as an SFA member and participating in panel discussions.

Every radio interviewer must introduce you by mentioning you and your company – that’s valuable publicity! - and every contribution you make adds to the perception of you as an expert in your area. 

However, if you get it wrong, the opposite impression will be created. So, you need to know what you are doing.

This course will teach you two important skills:

  • How to be interviewed, one-to-one, and be really effective at getting your company message across
  • How to participate in group interviews which enhance your standing as an expert in your field


Don't miss it. Max 12 people. One full day. In the radio studios of Dublin City fm. Interviews conducted by radio journalists. With your own personal audio to review later at your leisure.

The course fee is €140 and you can sign up here

Regional Business Connect Networking Event
 
  • 13 June, Abbott Diagnostics, Longford

 

With Business Connect, we aim to shine a light on some of the successful collaborations between different parts of Ireland’s business community and to create a pipeline of opportunities for all businesses, large and small. After the success of the first Business Connect event in Dublin in February, we are now bringing smaller events to regional locations. In collaboration with Abbott we are holding an evening networking event in their Longford facility on 13 June 2018 from 5.30pm.

Where:

Abbott Diagnostic, Longford

When:

Wednesday, 13 June, commencing with registration and refreshments at 5.30pm.  The seminar will kick off at 6pm sharp and will last approximately one hour with a tour of Abbott afterwards

How much:

This event is entirely free of change to attend however you must register

Agenda

5.30-6.00pm       Meet and greet

6.00-6.45pm       Presentations

- SFA welcome

- Abbott Ireland

- Case study: Abbott Mentorship Programme for small businesses

- MÓR Model

6.45-7.30pm       Group tours

7.30pm               Q&A and wrap up

The event is open to SFA members and non-members. It will last for approximately two hours with an opportunity to network before and after. Refreshments will be provided.

This event is entirely free of charge, but you must register.

For all queries on the event, please call the event organiser:
Gillian O'Keefe, Tel: +353 1 605 1664

 

TRAINING PROGRAMMES
Radio interview skills with PR guru Ellen Gunning
 

This course will be held in a working radio studio. Interviews will be conducted by radio journalists and you will leave with your own personal audio to review later at your leisure. You will learn how to be interviewed one-to-one and how to participate in group interviews.


As a business owner, you should create opportunities to be interviewed on radio, talking about your own business, talking about your industry, commenting as an SFA member and participating in panel discussions.

 

Every radio interviewer must introduce you by mentioning you and your company – that’s valuable publicity! - and every contribution you make adds to the perception of you as an expert in your area. However, if you get it wrong, the opposite impression will be created.

 

So, you need to know what you are doing. That's why the SFA and the Irish Academy of Public Relations are offering a one-day practical course on radio interview skills on 31 May in the studios of Dublin city fm. The course will be delivered by PR guru Ellen Gunning.

 

This course will teach you two important skills:

  • How to be interviewed one-to-one, and be really effective at getting your company message across
  • How to participate in group interviews which enhance your standing as an expert in your field

At €140 per participant, this course is amazing value: one full day of training with a maximum of 12 people in the radio studios of Dublin City fm. Interviews will be conducted by radio journalists and you will leave with your own personal audio to review later at your leisure.

 

Don't miss it - sign up here.