Last chance to book - 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, this 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. This can become an issue at any point in an employment relationship and may have a variety of root causes. It is important to deal properly with absence to ensure that it does not become a larger problem for the business. 

Retirement is another area that many members need support with, due to recent changes and a policy shift in favour of longer working lives. The Business Bytes seminar will provide guidance on what all of this means in relation to managing workers nearing retirement age. 

This seminar is not to be missed if you are an owner-manager or HR manager in a small firm and want to prepare yourself to handle three of the issues most frequently raised by SFA members. The seminar will present practical case studies that you can apply to the day-to-day operation of your business.


The presentation will be delivered by Helen Quinn, SFA HR and employment law advisor. It is a great opportunity to meet Helen in person. During the Q&A, she will be able to expand the scope to answer other HR queries that you may have.


Seminar details:


Title: HR update 2018: From beginnings to endings and HR in the middle

Topics: Probation, absence, retirement

Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Time: Registration from 5:30, with the presentations kicking off at 6pm sharp and lasting approx. one hour.

Venue: SFA/Ibec offices, 84-86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2

Cost: Free of charge


Register HERE


The Business Bytes series is supported by Bord Gáis Energy. The event is free of charge but you must pre-register

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