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

Presented by

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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. (
    • 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?



General Data Protection Regulations

View Copy of GDPR Guidelines here

You can also view more information written on GDPR by one of our members here

VHI Employee Assistance Programmes

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