In this issue
SFA Annual Subscription 2015
Action Plan for Jobs 2015
Guideline on the New Companies Act 2014
2015 Employment Law Watchlist
Maternity Leave Entitlements Chart & Guide
Upward Only Rent Review Update
Public Procurement – Competition Law Guidance and Tender Advisory Service
SME toolkit: how to grow your business
US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards - Now open for nominations
The Irish Stock Exchange IPO Programme
Events
SFA Webinar – Special Types of Leave
 
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Workplace Relations Bill 2014 – Brave New World
 
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Welcome to the February News Update
 

Dear Member

Covered in this month's edition, we share the details of the Government's New Action Plans for Jobs, we publish our Guideline on what you need to do in preparation for the implementation of the New Companies Act 2014 this Summer, we update you on what changes to expect in Employment Law in 2015 and developments in Upward Only Rent Reviews.

Also included is our guide & chart to Maternity Leave Entitlements, new Government supports for SMEs  accessing Public Procurement opportunities, a link to our "SME toolkit: how to grow your business" supplement in the Sunday Business Post, and details of the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards and the Irish Stock Exchange IPO Programme.

We also inform you about up and coming SFA events and the activities of the SFA in the media.

Please do keep us informed of 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 drive efficiency and to provide...

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Action Plan for Jobs 2015
 
The Government has published the Action Plan for Jobs 2015, the next step in the multi-annual process aimed at delivering full employment by 2018.  The Plan is the fourth annual plan in a multi-year process which started in early 2012, and sets out in detail the...
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Guideline on the New Companies Act 2014
 
The new Companies Act 2014 was signed into law on the 23rd December last and will take effect on the 1st June next.  It affects all companies and both simplifies existing law and consolidates it from 32 pieces of legislation to 1. It is now...
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2015 Employment Law Watchlist
 
The Workplace Relations Bill, 2014 which will change the landscape of employment law and industrial relations dispute resolution mechanisms is expected to be enacted by the end of the first quarter of 2015.  The Bill...
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Maternity Leave Entitlements Chart & Guide
 
The Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004 provide a number of basic rights to females in employment to a right to maternity leave and additional maternity leave.  There is no obligation on an
employer to pay an employee whilst they are on maternity or additional maternity leave, however an employee is...
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Upward Only Rent Review Update
 
There has been recent media coverage of the impact of upward only rent reviews and we would like to highlight to members the Guidance Note on Upward Only Rent Reviews which was published by NAMA in December 2011.  This Guidance Note is...
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Public Procurement – Competition Law Guidance and Tender Advisory Service
 

A note on Guidance for businesses forming consortia to tender for Public Contracts and a note on the commencement of the Tender Advisory Service...

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SME toolkit: how to grow your business
 
The SFA recently partnered with the Sunday Business Post on a feature supplement: “SME toolkit: how to grow your business in 2015”.  It is very apparent that small companies are back in expansion mode and bullish about the future.  This publication...
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US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards - Now open for nominations
 

The call for nominations for the American Chamber of Commerce - Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Research Innovation Awards has opened and closes on 11 March.  These Awards will recognise and celebrate excellent innovation that has occurred on the island of Ireland thanks to US FDI. The RIA is...

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The Irish Stock Exchange IPO Programme
 
This IPO Programme is designed to support and encourage ambitious companies to come to market in an organised, planned and coherent way, accompanied by targeted and appropriate advice and training.  The programme is delivered by a combination of...
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