An evening of networking, entertainment & discussing developments in HR.
Members learned more about strategic planning for business policy growth and key insights into preparing for imminent GDPR MAY 2018 deadline
Event: A Taste of HR with a sip of wine – 22 Feb 2018
Guest Speaker Lynnette McNally (HR Specialist)
Venue Bracken Court Hotel
Bridge Street, Balbriggan Dublin
Key Points from our HR presentation
- Every business must have a Company Handbook
- Each employee must be given an employment contract. Keep both as simple as possible
- Review Handbook twice a year make sure you and your staff know it.
- Employees must be made aware of any changes made to the contract or handbook
- IBEC was recommended to help create contracts etc. You can pay them once off or a yearly subscription. (ibec.ie)
- Sick leave is not statutory.
- Make sure in your contract that staff are instructed on how you notify you if they are sick
- Make sure policies for full and part-time staff are the same
- Paternity leave is new. Fathers are given 2 weeks paid leave to spend with their child. This is paid by the government.
- Probation; after six months but with monthly reviews. You can extend this and dismiss up to 11 months
- Notify staff in writing when their probation has ended
- Any chat/meeting with staff must have minutes taken and be signed by both parties
- When a staff member notifies you of their pregnancy a risk assessment must be done.
- Health and Safety leave may be taken by an employee if a safe environment cannot be provided by her employer.
- Citizens advice information provides a good and free service to employers and employees
- Manual handling is compulsory in the workplace. Get one of your staff or permanent staff to train as a trainer then they can provide the training for the rest of the staff. This lasts for 3 years
- A disciplinary process must be followed
- VHI have an EAP Employee Benefits Programme €60-€70 per year
- Back to work scheme
- All employers need to inform staff about pensions
- Staff should have annual reviews
Other important items
- GDPR (is your business ready for the May 2018 deadline?