The landscape around Irish employment law continues to rise and grow in complexity year on year. For small businesses who have to wear multiple hats within their company, the past year and a half has been particularly challenging for them.
9.30 Introduction and Welcome | Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA Director
The impact of COVID-19 on employees not only includes the risks to their physical health, but also their mental health. As employers have been developing plans to bring employees back into the workplace a new term has come to light; ‘re-entry anxiety’. Employers need to be aware of the potential of re-entry anxiety amongst their employees and learn how they can support their wellbeing and manage any issues that may arise. Fiona Mulligan, Childhood Services Ireland (CSI) HR Executive will talk through guidance on simple, effective measures to help reduce stress and anxiety whilst supporting your employee’s overall wellbeing in the workplace.
Recruitment v Redundancy
A wide range of sectors are facing conflicting challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although some businesses had to close their doors for over 12 months, some firms experienced huge growth in sales and customer expectations. This brings the dilemma of staff retention and attrition. Emma Crowley, SFA HR Executive will present on challenges businesses are facing and will provide best practice and guidance in overcoming them.
Covid-19: Workplace Health & Safety
We will look at some of the specific duties of employers under current legislation and government guidance to ensure the safety, health and welfare of employees, providing business owners with guidance and a deeper understanding of their health and safety obligations. Employers will receive an overview of Government guidance such as the Work Safely Protocol and Health Safety Authority’s resources to enable businesses to maintain a safe workplace and prevent risk against COVID-19 transmission. Remote working will also be a particular focus and responsibilities for both employers and employees will be addressed.
Business disruptions caused by several lockdowns and reopenings have affected every type of business with employer's having to implement a variety of protocols. Join us for an HR update with an Ibec industry expert who will look at issues coming down the tracks for employers, such as Statutory Sick Pay, Remote and Flexible Working and changes to Family leave. They will also provide an update on recent changes in other pieces of Employment Law and HR and will provide guidance on how to best prepare for them.