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Jul 13

Posted by
Paul Byrne

2013 SFA Awards

We told you in December how, much to our delight, we had been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2013 SFA Awards, “Innovator of the Year” category directly resulting from our innovation in software development. This was in no small part attributable to our new dynamic software, BrightPay and Bright Contracts.

The final winner of the category was Megazyme, who were also announced as the overall winner of the awards.

Megazyme is a biotechnology company which employs 34 people and is involved in the development of analytical test kits and reagents for the agricultural, food, wine, dairy and biotechnology industries.

We extend our congratulations and good wishes for their continued success.

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Posted in Awards

Jul 13

Posted by
Jennie Hussey

Abolishment of REAs - what it means for you

The declaration on the 9th of May that Registered Employment Agreements (REAs) were deemed to be unconstitutional should have come as no surprise, given that they were introduced in the Industrial Relations Act of 1946. It took the National Electrical Contractors of Ireland 5 years before their challenge to Part III of the 67 year old Act was upheld in the Supreme Court.

As a result of the court ruling, there is now no legal requirement for industries to adhere to a pension scheme and the collection of the Construction Industry Monitoring Agency (CIMA) and the Electrical Pensions and Conditions of Employment (EPACE) have been abolished, effective immediately.

Please contact your scheme provider for further details.

Posted in Employment Contract

Jul 13

Posted by
Jennie Hussey

Entitlement to pay for a Bank Holiday

Full-time workers have an immediate entitlement to benefit for public holidays and part-time workers have an entitlement to benefit when they have worked 40 hours in the previous 5 weeks.

There are nine public holidays in the year. These are New Year’s Day - St Patrick's Day - Easter Monday - First Monday in May - First Monday in June - First Monday in August - Last Monday in October - Christmas Day - St Stephen's Day. Good Friday is not a public holiday, therefore a day off is not a statutory entitlement.

When a person works on a Public Holiday, they are entitled to be paid for the day in accordance with their agreed rates. In addition, they also have an entitlement to benefit for each public holiday. This can be different for each public holiday and each employee depending on the individual's work pattern.

If the business is closed on the public holiday and an employee would normally be due to work then they get their normal day’s pay.

If the business is open and the employee works, they are entitled to either, paid time off or additional days pay. This additional day’s pay is what was paid for the normal daily hours last worked before the public holiday.

If an employee is not normally rostered to work then they will be entitled to one-fifth of their normal weekly wage or a paid day off within a month or an extra day’s annual leave as the employer may decide.

If someone ceases to be employed during the week before a public holiday, having worked the four weeks preceding that week, they are entitled to benefit in respect of that public holiday.

If a person is on temporary lay-off they are entitled to benefit for the public holidays that fall within the first thirteen weeks of layoff.

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Posted in Contract of employment, Employment Contract