SFA Fortnightly Update

Dear Member, 


Welcome to this edition of the SFA e-zine.


Have you registered for the annual SFA Employment Law Seminar, 'Changing HR Landscape' taking place on 22 April? Designed to benefit business owners and HR professionals guiding their small business through this challenging period, this virtual half-day event will give you the opportunity to hear directly from industry experts on HR and Health & Safety considerations for Covid-19, Employment Permits, Managing Probation and HR updates on upcoming trends and legislation - Register today.


Be sure to check out the launch of the assessment tool in the recent expansion of MentorsWork, a Government subsidised programme that helps SMEs to identify and action key skills needs. You can also complete a trial 5-minute assessment and discover if developing certain skills and competencies could boost the financial health and growth of your business. 


See the upcoming changes to the Parent's Leave and Benefit Act 2019 here, expected to come into effect from 1 April 2021.


Read the SFA response to the Government consultation on a new restructuring process for the rescue of small firms, and see how the UK Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a group of 25 drivers working for Uber app were workers rather than self-employed independent contractors. 


We also provide information on the newest Covid-19 business support, and be sure to see our most recent press coverage.


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 our website.


Kind regards, 

Sven Spollen-Behrens

SFA Director


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In this issue
SFA Fortnightly Update
SFA in the media
New phase of ‘MentorsWork’ launched
Increase to Parent's Benefit
Workers, or self-employed?
Summary Rescue Process | Public Consultation
Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID
How data can accelerate Covid recovery for small business
Simple Focus on your business with Bitsing
SFA Employment Law Seminar
SFA Skillnet Ireland Masterclasses & Workshops