News

News

Keep up to date with the major issues and topics of interest to HR and L&D professionals in Ireland with our news stories and articles.

Labour market

Budget 2017 delivers a range of small benefits across the workforce and society, but lacks a vision for our employment and economic direction, particularly in the uncertainty of Brexit.

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Over 45% of Irish employees feel that their job offers good prospects for career advancement. This is according to a recent report by Eurofound based on over 44,000 employee interviews. It gives an overview of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups.

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The numbers of those at work in Ireland has reached over 2 million for the first time since 2009, according to the CSO Quarterly National Household Survey. It is important that policy decisions continue to support job creation, and focus not just on the quantity of jobs but also the quality.

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The participation rate of adults in Ireland in lifelong learning lags well behind the European average ranking 20th of 28 countries for participation by the employed according to the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN).

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HR practice

The 30% Club in Ireland has partnered with a number of business schools to provide scholarship opportunities for 2017/18 to support women to pursue post-graduate management education. Meanwhile, new UK legislation came into effect in April 2017 that requires organisations of more than 250 employees to gather data and report publically on their gender pay gap.

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For International Women’s Day, 8 March, we at the CIPD are encouraging organisations to make pledges to improve women’s lives at work.

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CIPD welcomes a major piece of research on workplace mediation which identified the skills competencies, and behaviours of workplace mediators and the implications for the development of workplace mediators and mediation in Ireland.

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The October 2016 issue of the Harvard Business Review provides a great update on what is happening to performance management at the moment. As organisations grapple with modernising their process, the article analyses what is driving current dissatisfaction, where it is leading and how this fits with past trends.

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CIPD Ireland is delighted to be supporting See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership, as they roll out a month long national Green Ribbon Campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in May.

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Healthy Ireland recently held a conference on Why Good Work Matters: The Role of Good Quality Work in Reducing Health Inequalities. Of interest for the HR profession, was the discussion about how good work is created through the design of better jobs.

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The CIPD's policy report on health and well-being emphasises the role of HR in creating cultures where health and well-being are centre-stage in supporting efforts to improve workplace health, enhance productivity and have a more sustainable and motivated workforce. As part of this, CIPD Ireland is supporting Healthy Ireland with their nationwide consultation about the Healthy Workplace Framework and plans to develop a collection of thought pieces to highlight the issues and practices in Ireland.

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HR profession

April 2017 was not a good month for the reputation of the HR profession with the fall out from the closure of Clerys, human resources issues at the National Museum of Ireland and developments on low hours' contracts. For HR, building a sustainable organisation where employees have a voice, are well managed and deliver good work should always be a focus.

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An extensive analysis of skills transferability has identified the role of the HR Business Partner as the number one role for skills transferability across different industries. The HR Business Partner role tops a long list of job titles and proves that the skills of the HR profession are mobile, can be used across industries, and easily applied in different functional areas.

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Employment law

Keep up to date with the latest employment law developments and proposed future changes.

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The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and Labour Court have released several publications recently, including progress and annual reports and guides to employment law and inspections. They also announced the new Director General of the WRC and Chairman of the Labour Court over the summer.

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The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has published an Information Note which points out that the publication of decisions on proceedings taken under the Employment Equality Acts (EEA) and the Equal Status Acts (ESA) is not covered by the requirement of anonymity applied to cases under other legislation under the Workplace Relations Act.

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Paternity leave and benefit came into effect on 1 September. Get up to speed with our guidance on what your organisation needs to do other than understand the law, make decisions around how your company will implement it and draw up a policy.

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Our recent survey of 900 HR professionals in Ireland took a temperature check on how companies are dealing with the introduction of statutory paternity leave in 2016, what enhanced payments are on offer and how it compares to the landscape for maternity benefits.

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A study has found that 'if and when' contracts, where individuals get work though they are not contractually required to make themselves available for work, are used more in Ireland that zero hours contracts, where individuals are contractually required to make themselves available for work and receive a minimum payment if there is no work available.

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This month the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is discussing the Banded Hours Contract Bill. Though this is a Private Members Bill, the current Dail configuration enables such Bills to make progress in the Houses of the Oireachtas.

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Pay and pensions

In the context of the pay debate, Mary Connaughton argues that we can’t control the external winds of change, but let’s make sure we improve practices in people management that will benefit not only individuals but also the economy and society as a whole.

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The Pension Authority's proposals to simplify the pension’s landscape by making pension rules easier to understand and to remove duplications and anomalies in the current system would ensure sustainability and equity of pension coverage into the future.

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CIPD Ireland has put in a submission on the National Women’s Strategy 2017–2020. We're calling on the government to take action which not only addresses the State’s overall pensions funding gap, but also the bigger pension gap experienced by women.

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