In this issue
SFA Annual Subscription
Action Plan for Jobs 2013
Maternity Benefit Subject to Tax from July
Amended Legislation will Increase Parental Leave from 14 to 18 Weeks
Electronic Cigarettes in the Workplace
Background Checks on Job Candidates – Are they Legal?
St Patrick’s Day Public Holiday and Easter Holidays 2013
Scams
CPA Guide on “Finance for Non-Accountants – Part 2”
Events
SFA Business Bytes “Public Relations for Small Business” - FREE SEMINAR, 13th March
 
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SFA Management Training Programmes 2013
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Welcome to the March News Update 2013

Dear Member

In this months issue we discuss the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2013 report which has recently been published, as a result of Budget 2013 Maternity Benefit is now subject to taxation from July, amended legislation will increase Parental Leave from 14 to 18 weeks and Electronic Cigarettes in the Workplace.


Also included in this issue is Background Check on Job Candidates – Are they Legal?, St Patrick’s Day Public Holiday and Easter Holidays 2013, Scams members need to be aware of and the most recent CPA Guide for SFA members from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland.


We also provide information on up and coming events such as SFA Business Bytes, “Public Relations for Small Businesses” and on various Management Training Programmes.


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

Kind regards

Avine McNally
SFA Acting Director

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SFA Annual Subscription
 
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...
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Action Plan for Jobs 2013
 
The Action Plan for Jobs 2013 was recently published.  The Plan, which contains 333 actions to be implemented in 2013 by 16 Government Departments and 46 agencies...
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Maternity Benefit Subject to Tax from July
 
Budget 2013 provides for the taxation of maternity benefit with effect from 1 July 2013.  The Revenue Commissioners have confirmed that adoptive and health and safety benefit are also included...
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Amended Legislation will Increase Parental Leave from 14 to 18 Weeks
 
The Parental Leave Directive is due to be transposed into national legislation on the 8th March 2013.It is intended that the Directive will be transposed by means of an...
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Electronic Cigarettes in the Workplace
 
E-cigarettes have not to date been covered by EU Tobacco Control legislation as the legislation does not deal with nicotine itself...
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Background Checks on Job Candidates – Are they Legal?
 
Increasingly employers are looking to carry out background and credit checks for potential employees. This is standard practice in countries such as the United States and Britain. Ireland, however...
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St Patrick’s Day Public Holiday and Easter Holidays 2013
 
This year, Saint Patrick's Day falls on Sunday, 17th March. As a result, there has been some confusion as to how the benefit is calculated...
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Scams
 
The SFA has received a considerable number of members letters which are clearly “scams”...
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CPA Guide on “Finance for Non-Accountants – Part 2”
 
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland has written a guide (No. 36) for SFA members...
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