IFSC.ie Specialist Features

Making SPACE working from home

25/02/2021 - Giving ourselves physical and mental space is so important when working from home. Consider your family situation, your circumstances, where you live, who you’re living with, who you’re not living with, and find a balance while working from home.

Burned by GameStop: Lessons for Low-Cost Trading Platforms From “GameStonk”

24/02/2021 - The rise and fall of GameStop dominated headlines in late January – an apparent David-and-Goliath story of small retail investors taking on hedge fund titans. As regulators and traders survey the fallout from the GameStop spike, however, a different story is emerging, with several villains and few clear winners.

Tough New Sustainability Rules Are Here – Is Your Company Ready?

24/02/2021 - On March 10, 2021, the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) will come into force. The SFDR – which forms part of the broader EU action plan for sustainable finance – is aimed at promoting disclosures related to sustainability issues.

Payroll and the Workplace in 2021

01/02/2021 - With 2020 at an end, the hope for most business owners is that 2021 will be less turbulent than its predecessor. But with Ireland’s Level 5 lockdown extended the transition back to ‘business as usual’ has already proven more challenging than many organisations had previously envisioned.


25/01/2021 - The philosopher William James reminds us that though humans find many reasons to separate ourselves from each other and from nature, we must realise that we are all part of the same creation to become our best self.

Cyber and Data Protection

21/01/2021 - Regulating the Internet, at Last? The Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act

The Central Bank of Ireland Report on the financial conditions of Credit Unions, 2020 - Credit Unions show resilience in 2020 but challenges lay ahead

21/01/2021 - On 17 December 2020, the Central Bank of Ireland published its latest update on the financial position of the credit union sector in Ireland.[1]

Government publishes revised workplace protocol

25/11/2020 - On the 20th November last, the Government published the Work Safely Protocol (the “Protocol”). The Protocol is a revision to the “Return to Work Safely Protocol” previously published in May 2020.

Big Four Accounting Firms Enter The ESG Reporting Fray

22/10/2020 - Companies’ attempts to transition to a more socially responsible, sustainable model have long been plagued by the challenge of measuring progress. With no universal reporting formats, businesses have struggled to monitor their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance.

COVID 19 tests business interruption insurance

22/10/2020 - As the COVID-19 outbreak initially swept across the globe, disrupting commercial operations and markets on an unprecedented scale, our clients raised many queries regarding the mechanisms available to minimise the risk of contractual breach and substantial financial loss to a business.

Code of Conduct between Landlords and Tenants for Commercial Rents

06/10/2020 - Commercial Landlords and Tenants alike should note carefully the provisions of the Code of Conduct between Landlords and Tenants for Commercial Rents published this week by the Department of Business,

The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme – What We Know So Far

25/08/2020 - From 1st September, the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) will replace the current Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) for Irish employers. The changeover will bring about a significant impact on many organisations’ inhouse and outsourced payroll services.

What to expect from a COVID-19 Workplace Inspection

18/08/2020 - The Health and Safety Authority (the “HSA”) is the government agency with responsibility to ensure compliance with workplace health and safety (Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (the “2005 Act”)).

Five Key Takeaways from the July Stimulus Plan

30/07/2020 - The July Stimulus Plan (the “Plan”) was officially unveiled by the Government on Thursday 23 July 2020, setting out a host of measures to support businesses and employment as the Government response to Covid-19 shifts to a long-term footing.

COVID-19: Irish Competition Agency Says Businesses Must Decide Pricing Independently

23/07/2020 - On 1 July 2020, as the Irish economy was re-opening after the COVID-19 lockdown, Ireland's Competition and Consumer Protection (CCPC) warned businesses to act independently when setting prices and charges.

How Remote Working is Changing Businesses

23/07/2020 - Paycheck Plus recently spoke with five industry experts, with a view to understanding how the current situation is affecting employees, processes and organisational infrastructure. Leaders from Workforce Management, Payroll Processing, Facilities Management, Managed IT Services and Health & Nutrition shared their findings with us, since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent lockdown.

The Risky Joys of Being a NED

23/07/2020 - Many people are delighted to take up a Non-Executive Directorship for, say €20,000 a year. However, the unprecedented nature of Covid has substantially changed the ground rules for many NEDs and is making some of them very nervous.

Central Bank’s Role in Bringing Clarity to Disputed Business Interruption Claims

14/07/2020 - In recent months business interruption cover has emerged as a bone of contention, particularly for business owners who felt that their insurance policy should provide cover in the event of a pandemic.

Are Current Payroll Challenges set to Continue?

24/06/2020 - With lockdown restrictions easing across Ireland and COVID-19 recovery running ahead of schedule, businesses and payroll processors are optimistic that a return to “normal” is now within sight.

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