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Employment Law and Health & Safety Updates for Small Business Tradespeople
Kelly Ohlmus

Employment Law and Health & Safety Updates for Small Business Tradespeople

Stay informed and compliant with the latest employment law and health & safety regulations. Get updates on sectoral employment, employment status rulings, whistleblowing compliance, sick pay policies, and health & safety risks.

 

 

1. Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) Quashed for Mechanical Engineering Building Services Contracting Sector

The High Court has granted an order quashing the SEO for the Mechanical Engineering Building Services Contracting Sector. The minimum rates of pay and employment conditions contained in the SEO therefore no longer apply to employees in the sector.

 

2. Christmas Party Precautions for a Festive Season Without Legal Hangovers

As the year draws to a close, it's time to plan for festive celebrations. Ensure your staff are aware of expected behaviour at the Christmas party to protect your business from potential employee claims.

 

3. Statutory Domestic Violence Leave - A Legal Requirement

Starting from November 27, 2023, employers are legally obliged to provide up to five days of paid leave over 12 months to employees affected by domestic violence. For more information, understand your responsibilities under the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023.

 

4. Supreme Court Ruling on Employment Status - Impact on Contracting Arrangements

A recent Supreme Court ruling on Dominos delivery drivers' employment status has broader implications. Review your contracting arrangements to avoid Revenue compliance issues related to bogus self-employment.

 

5. Deadline for Whistleblowing Compliance Approaching

Companies with 50 or more employees must establish formal whistleblowing channels by December 17, 2023. Take immediate action to ensure compliance and provide workers with avenues to report concerns about wrongdoing in the workplace. A recent WRC adjudication affirmed a sick pay policy with a three-day waiting period, ruling it more beneficial 'as a whole' under the Sick Leave Act 2022. This decision emphasises the importance of comprehensive sick pay policies.

 

7. Health & Safety Risks After Recent Floods

Businesses affected by recent floods should consider the health and safety risks for employees. Decontamination may be necessary to ensure a safe working environment. 

Join Onlinetradesmen to stay informed. Schedule a call with our team to learn more.

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