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SFA Annual Subscription 2015
SFA Annual Conference – 10th June
SFA Submission on Mandatory Pension Proposal
The New Companies Act 2014 - With effect from the 1st June
HSA launches free on-line Health and Safety Courses for Small Business
Ibec Economic Outlook Report
Employment of Young Persons
Work Permit and Visa Reform - Trusted Partner Initiative - “Go To” Digital Destination for Irish Businesses
"Giving and Gaining - How Entrepreneurs view Philanthropy in Ireland"
SFA Employment Law Conference 2015 – Your Essential Road Map
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SFA Submission on Mandatory Pension Proposal
The SFA outlined its opposition to the introduction of a mandatory pensions regime in a submission to the Universal Retirement Savings Group, which is chaired by the Department of Social Protection.  Our stance on the current pensions debate in eight key points is:
  1. The SFA is opposed to any increase in the cost of employment
  2. Any new pensions regime should be offset by a reduction in PRSI
  3. More should be done to promote and incentivise supplementary voluntary pension provision
  4. A review of State Pension provision is needed
  5. There is a need for specific focus on equity for self-employed people
  6. There should be greater focus on increasing numbers at work to improve the ratio of workers to pensioners
  7. The future of the private pensions industry must be considered
  8. A universal pensions scheme poses a risk to national competitiveness

To read the submission in full, click here.