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Last week
28th May 2023 - 10th June 2023
Opinion: Why aren't we investing in Ireland's remote working infrastructure?
Head of Grow Remote, John Riordan says Ireland is lagging behind other countries in facilitating a potentially lucrative growth in remote working.
Last month
May 2023
Lawyer: 'The justifications for many redundancies in Ireland are getting thinner and thinner'
Lawyer and Labour rep Ciarán Ahern says justice delayed is justice denied at the Workplace Relations Commission.
This year
Analysis: The gender pay gap tells us less about wages and more about company power structures
Economist and lecturer Dr Aedín Doris looks at the recent publications of gender pay figures and what it means for equality in the workplace.
Last year
Explainer: All you need to know about your new right to sick pay
Employers will soon be required to pay their staff when too sick to work.
Bereavement leave could be paid out of the Social Insurance Fund in the future
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar also said he’d like his remote working law to be enacted by Christmas.
Tánaiste says the Social Insurance Fund could support those taking bereavement leave in the future.
Such a move would prevent a cost being imposed on employers but would ensure employees don't lose out on pay.
Varadkar also says he wants the right to request remote working legislation to be passed by Christmas.
'I don't say it lightly': Housing crisis is a breach in the social contract, says Tánaiste
Low Pay Commission recommendation for minimum wage increase to go to Cabinet in September
# budget 2023
Work underway to allow private sector workers to receive tax-free bonuses of up to €1,000
Tánaiste confirmed to The Journal that the finance minister is working on the Budget proposal.
Opinion: Out-of-pocket expenses for workers are way too high in Ireland
A worker in Ireland earning a very modest wage must pay market prices for essential services, writes Dr Laura Bambrick.
# Inflation
Living wage proposals to be brought to Government before summer, says Varadkar
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said indexing the tax bands further is needed now more than ever.
# Tips
Cabinet approves new law which will ban restaurants and pubs withholding tips from staff
New law to help those laid off due to Covid restrictions receive a special payment of up to €1,860 was also approved today.
All time
Budget 2022: Government considering two measures for people working from home
Budget negotiations are set to continue throughout the weekend ahead of Tuesday’s annoucement.
Budget negotiations to continue this weekend on whether to give a tax break or cash boost to people working from home, reports Political Correspondent Christina Finn
Concerns raised that increasing the percentage someone can claim back on their bills might encourage people to be less careful about their household energy consumption.
The pension and welfare package will be a 'big part' of the Budget next week, says Varadkar
# Vaccines
'No clear legal basis' for processing information around employee vaccine status, DPC says
The Data Protection Commission said the processing of vaccine data by employers likely represents “unnecessary and excessive data collection”.
# Switching off
'Right to disconnect' code for workers comes into effect from today
The right to disconnect gives employees the right to switch off from work outside of normal working hours,
# right to disconnect
New law will give employees the right to request remote working
This year a legally admissible code of practice on the right to disconnect from work – covering phone calls, emails and switch-off time – will be introduced.
Opinion: Covid-19 vaccine rollout may present future challenges for employers
As vaccinations continue, employers need to consider the rights of employees when looking at the health of their teams and any return to the workplace writes Jason O’Sullivan.
Opinion: Remote working is here to stay, so let's approach it properly and get the balance right
Arlene Vithaldas, head of the UCC Academy says it’s time to unwind our old-world view of a workplace that includes a long commute to expensive offices.
# Wages
'Anomalies have arisen': Donohoe admits 'gap' in wage subsidy scheme for low paid workers
Sinn Féin says workers are being penalised in some cases.
# Business
Ministers urge employers to reconsider staff redundancies and look at State supports
The government announced Covid-19 income support measures last week.
Opinion: If you're in business, you need to get ahead of this Covid-19 crisis
Jason O’Sullivan says now is a time of major change, and businesses must try to adapt.
# HR
Confusion over pay entitlements among both employers and employees if staff present with Covid-19
Businesses are being encouraged to develop contingency plans if a number of people from their workplace fall sick in the coming days and weeks.
# right to work
Asylum seekers will be allowed to work in Ireland under new rules
Over 3,000 people will be eligible for the new scheme which will allow asylum seekers take up temporary and permanent positions.
# The Beast
Taoiseach urged to tell employers to pay staff who can't make it in during storm
The ISME said many businesses can not afford to pay staff if they do not come to work.
# Red Alert
'Beast from the East is coming our way': Leo says weather advice will be clear about whether to stay home from work
During Storm Ophelia’s red alert there was confusion as to whether people should go to work or remain at home.
# Newborns
More than 27,000 fathers have taken paternity leave so far
“We have to take a wider societal view and not think of rearing children as something best done in one’s spare time, preferably by women,” Deirdre Clune said.
# Research
One in four Irish employers experienced a workplace dispute last year
Disciplinary issues account for the single greatest cause of disputes at 37%.
# Planning ahead
UK to release its key Brexit policy papers 'in a few weeks'
Meanwhile, just 3% of Irish exporters have a Brexit plan in place, according to a new survey.
# it's the law
'You could have to live with the guilt': Warning to employers over staff driving laws
New campaign to highlight employer’s responsibility to workers who drive.
# Your Say
Poll: Should all employers be required to contribute to their workers' pensions?
A new workplace saving scheme may be introduced to encourage people to save for retirement.
# Brexit
A major business lobby group wants a €1 BILLION social housing spend
Businesses are increasingly viewing the homeless crisis in Ireland as an obstacle to economic growth.
Lots of jobs out there for graduates - but employers say they don't have the communication skills
The new GradIreland survey on graduate salaries and recruitment trends has found that lack of communication skills is a real concern for employers, writes Ruairi Kavanagh.
# Brexit
Government puts contingency plans in place after shock Brexit result
The contingency framework will monitor issues as negotiations about Britain’s EU membership continue.
Do you really need your bosses to prove how much they love you?
There’s a problem with work relationships. We nurture them and expect them to be like our personal ones. But they’re not and can never be, writes Karen Frampton.
# Retirement
This chart shows how hard Irish people work for their pensions
Full benefit comes after 43 years of contributions.
'I had a nervous breakdown, but I was ready to come back to work. The gap on my CV was a big problem'
We are not the ones that employers need to be worried about. They need to be conscious of their existing employees who are struggling with their mental health but are afraid to say so for fear of discrimination, writes Miriam Dowling.
# knowledge is power
How well do you know your employment rights?
Here’s everything you should know…
# depressing
It's not easy getting work in Ireland if your skin is the wrong colour...
Non-nationals and certain ethnicities are reporting worrying (and varying) levels of employer bias, and apparently the recession has nothing to do with it.
Need to attract the brightest talent to your company? Here's how...
The competition for top talent is red hot now – here’s how to make sure you get the candidates that will make your company succeed.
Bosses aren't happy about proposals to give dads two weeks paid paternity leave
Last night Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he was confident this provision would be included in the Family Leave Bill.
Opinion: The secret to managing a stress-free employee review
January is the time of year when most employees have a performance appraisal with their manager – but what are the benefits and potential pitfalls facing the employer?
# Euro
Ireland's economy grew 'spectacularly' this year
Ibec believes the economy grew by 5.7%.
# Unemployment
Some employers will take half of job interview candidates from Live Register
A new charter for employers has been launched by the Tánaiste Joan Burton today.