IFSC.ie Specialist Features

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.

Summary of Irish Tax Measures Announced in Response to the Spread of COVID-19

04/06/2020 - Businesses and communities are dealing with many COVID-19 related issues that are causing severe business disruption. The Irish government has been swift to introduce new measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on business.

“Seismic shift” anticipated in growth opportunities across all markets in 2020 - IoD Survey

29/05/2020 - A quarter-on-quarter survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland has found that there has been a “seismic shift” in confidence among business leaders in respect of anticipated opportunities for market growth in 2020.

ESMA issues guidelines on calculation of performance fees

28/05/2020 - In April ESMA published its Guidelines on performance fees in UCITS and certain types of AIFs (the Guidelines)...

The Shift Towards Payroll Outsourcing

28/05/2020 - The global coronavirus pandemic has prompted many organisations worldwide to examine their processes and move towards a more flexible working model.

4 ways to improve your graduate hiring experience

26/05/2020 - Every year, college graduates world-wide enter the workforce, many having never been exposed to a professional environment.

Difficulties facing banking practitioners as a result of Covid-19

19/05/2020 - Due to the nature of their work, banking practitioners are often dependent on various public and private bodies and agents in respect of the completion of registrations, submissions and the carrying out of searches.

Corporate Governance: Holding board meetings in a time of social distance

12/05/2020 - In these difficult times for all businesses, good corporate governance is more important than ever. Company boards are making decisions which may be essential for the survival of the business in a time when the viability of businesses may be under threat, funding streams may be challenged and supply chains disrupted.

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