In this issue
Further Reforms to Workplace Relations
Launch of E Day – 19th September 2014
Report on Commercial Rates & Water Charges
Mental Health in the Workplace Information
Zero Hour Contracts
Pre-Employment Medical Examinations
Monday 28th October Public Holiday
Probationary Periods
Publication of the Labour Court review of JLCs
EU Small Business Portal
Events
SFA Annual Lunch - Friday, 1st November
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SFA National Small Business Awards 2014
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Taking Care of Business – One Stop Shop – FREE Event for Small Businesses
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Pitch Preparation – 1 day training
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Welcome to the SFA October News Update 2013
Dear Member

In this months issue we discuss Further Reforms to Workplace Relations, Launch of E Day – 19th September 2014, Report on Commercial Rates & Water Charges, Mental Health in the Workplace Information and Zero Hour Contracts.

Also included in this issue Pre-Employment Medical Examinations, Monday 28th October Public Holiday, Probationary Periods, Publication of the Labour Court review of JLCs and  EU Small Business Portal.

We also provide information on up and coming events SFA Annual Lunch - Friday, 1st November, SFA National Small Business Awards 2014, Taking Care of Business – One Stop Shop – FREE Event for Small Businesses and Pitch Preparation – 1 day training.

Please do keep us informed of any issues that concern you.

Kind regards
Avine McNally  
SFA Acting Director
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Further Reforms to Workplace Relations
 
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, recently announced further initiatives as part of the continued reform to the workplace relations institutions and structures...
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Launch of E Day – 19th September 2014
 

Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Brian Hayes launched e-Day on 26th September.  E-day (19th September 2014)  is the date, after which, the public sector will no longer write cheques to businesses or accept cheques from businesses...

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Report on Commercial Rates & Water Charges
 
A new comprehensive report of commercial rates and water charges across the country has been published for 2013...
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Mental Health in the Workplace Information
 
Thursday, 10th October is Mental Health Day.  Mental ill health may affect one in four of us at some point in our lives...
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Zero Hour Contracts
 
In recent times we have had much confusion over the whole area of zero hour contracts...
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Pre-Employment Medical Examinations
 
Companies who decide to carry out medical examinations for potential new employees should do so at the final selection stage before offering a candidate the job...
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Monday 28th October Public Holiday
 
The next public holiday falls on Monday, 28th October 2013.  A public holiday is a statutory entitlement, as set out in the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997...
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Probationary Periods
 
When a new employee starts working within a company it is customary for the individual to be placed on a period of probation.  Probationary periods enable a company to establish if the employee is suitable for the role...
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Publication of the Labour Court review of JLCs
 
The Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation has published the Labour Court's review of JLCs as well as a short list of actions which he intends to take to implement the review...
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EU Small Business Portal
 
The European Commission – Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry have re-launched the European Small Business Portal website...
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