In this issue
SFA Annual Subscription 2015
New SFA Strategy 2015-2020
National Economic Dialogue
Low Pay Commission recommends 50c Minimum Wage Increase
SFA Submission on Tax and Entrepreneurship
Late Payments Legislation - Interest Rate Change
Accrual of Annual Leave whilst on Sick Leave
Pregnancy at Work
Workplace Dress Code during the Summer Months
Company Summer Social Events
SFA Submission on Period of Bankruptcy
FibrePower Competition
SFA National Small Business Awards 2016 Programme
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SFA Employment Law Conference 2015 – 24th September
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SFA Annual Lunch – 6th November
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SFA in the Media in July

In July, the SFA commented on the recent Credit Review Office Report.  Patricia Callan, SFA Director commented “It is a strong endorsement of the credit review system that Ulster Bank and PTSB have now voluntarily entered the Credit Review System and have recommitted to the Irish small business market. However it is critically important that we see more new entrants into the small business finance space to ensure there is choice and competition for those firms seeking finance. The new SBCI loan fund should be used to attract new financial intermediaries into the market to provide lower cost, new and innovative products, such as longer term loans and interest free holidays, which will meet a market need.” To read the full press release please click here.

The SFA represented small business at the National Economic Dialogue that took place in Dublin Castle on the 16 -17 July.  SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan, said “Tax reform is key to unlocking job creation, investment and growth. The SFA has long advocated reform of the Irish tax system to make it more attractive and rewarding to establish and operate a business in Ireland.”  To read the full press release please click here.  To read the article featured on please click here.  SFA Director, Patricia Callan was interviewed on UTV Ireland "Live at 10" on this.

SFA Director Patricia Callan condemned the proposed 6% increase in the National Minimum Wage after the Government published the Low Pay Commission report.  You can read the report by clicking here.  Patricia Callan did live radio interviews on Newstalk's "George Hook" Show.  You can listen to that by clicking here. She also did Today FM "The Last Word with Matt Cooper", which was a debate with the Minister responsible, Ged Nash, TD.  Click here to listen to that debate.  She also debated the issue on TV3 "Tonight Show" with Joanna Tuffy, Labour Party, TD, Michael Taft, UNITE trade union and economist Constantin Gurdgiev.  You can view that by clicking here.  She also gave several news interviews on national & regional radio.

SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan, slammed UNITE trade union's proposal that employers' PRSI should be increased rather than reduced in the context of the Low Pay Commission debate.  You can read his response by clicking here.

SFA Director, Patricia Callan was interviewed on Newstalk's "Lunchtime" show on the Report of the Expert Working Group on Childcare and advocated subsidising childcare costs for working parents, over extending parental leave.  Click here to listen.