In this edition, we discuss a case of a bar manager who was awarded €14,000 in an equality claim as she was made redundant but in actuality she was dismissed due to her pregnancy. Learn from this case on how to avoid unfair discrimination against pregnant employees.
The SFA Summer Business Sentiment Survey shows small business sentiment is down 14 points since November 2018. Survey respondents indicate their intention to recruit and increase wages where possible.
Last Friday, the Government announced the launch of the Improving SME Productivity Pillar as part of Future Jobs Ireland 2019 including new €3m LEO funds. Also over €100m of funding is now available as part of the second phase of the Government's Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund for SMEs looking to secure funding for a new disruptive technology.
If you missed yesterday's webinar on getting the most from your SFA membership then you can playback the recording. We have a SFA Skillnet course coming up on 30 July, this one day extensive sales training programme uncovers the right skill-set and mind-set for sales success.
The SFA Employment Law Conference is taking place in Limerick on 3 October and in Dublin on 10 October. We are delighted to announce we will have a representative from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) who will discuss what to expect at a WRC inspection.
Facebook are hosting an event on 6 September open to SFA members, 'Level Up' is a FREE workshop and program created by minority employees at Facebook for minority-owned businesses. A free one-stop-shop event for SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs, ‘Taking Care of Business’, is taking place on 2 October, in Athlone. The SFA will have a stand at this event and is looking forward to meeting members at it.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet: @SFA_Irl or visit: www.sfa.ie.
A bar manager was awarded €14,000 in an equality claim as she was made redundant but in actuality she was dismissed due to her pregnancy. Learn from this case on how to avoid unfair discrimination against pregnant employees…
The SFA Summer Business Sentiment Survey shows small business sentiment is down 14 points since November 2018. Survey respondents indicate their intention to recruit and increase wages where possible...
Are you an SME looking to secure funding for a new disruptive technology? The government have launched the second phase of their Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund. Read on to learn about this and how to apply for funding…
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Directors - Paraic Curtis, Pat McCann, Larry Murrin, Alastair Blair, Edel Creely, Gerry Collins, Frank Gleeson, Cathriona Hallahan, Anne Heraty, Brian MacCraith, Patrick Manley, Eugene McCague, Danny McCoy, Francesca McDonagh, Liam O’Donoghue, Tony Smurfit, Siobhan Talbot, Kevin Toland, Dalton Philips