100,000 Views; Thank You To All Our Readers


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When we started the Peninsula Ireland Blog in April 2012 we thought it might appeal to a small number of people in HR or Employment Law, we had no idea that in less than 18 months we would have amassed over 100,000 views, have over 500 subscribers between our Blog and Twitter feeds, and have a sister page for Northern Ireland. It shows that the appetite for Employment Law and HR amongst professionals, employers and those starting out in HR in Ireland is growing, and with more industrial unrest, and a Government radically changing our Industrial Relations system, Employment issues are figuring more and more in our daily news feeds.

As a thank you to all those who viewed, commented and shared our posts for this week we are offering all Employers or HR Professionals a complementary advice call on any Employment Law or HR issue you may have with a staff member.

You can speak to us on 1890 252 923 and quote PENINSULABLOG and receive some timely and expert advice. Remember it is for this week only so don’t hesitate

We encourage all forms of feedback so feel free to email us at blog@peninsula-ie.com, call 1890 252 923 or simply comment below. with any suggestions for future posts or with any queries you may have.

Thank You

The Peninsula Ireland Team

How to Navigate the Disciplinary Route

Disciplinaries can be a difficult process for Employers, and here at the Peninsula Ireland Blog we have tried to make the process simpler and more straightforward.  

Take a look at our simple guide below and call our 24 hour Advice Service on 1890 252 923 for any queries

Disciplinary Process - Blog

Peninsula In The Media: Top 10 Most Annoying Workplace Habits

irish independentA recent Peninsula survey has been featured in the Irish Independent, which looks at the top 10 most annoying habits in the workplace, however according to the survey it is not office politics that tends to get on our nerves the most – it’s eating habits.

Coming in first was the smell of hot food, like curries and fish dishes, eaten in the office. The growing popularity of open-plan workplaces makes the effect all the more pronounced. “Before you take hot food to your desk think about how the smell may affect other workers – it can linger and may even transfer to coats and garments,” said Alan Price, managing director of Peninsula Ireland.

“The common bugbear of sick employees spreading germs at work did not make the top 10 – but was still a serious annoyance to those surveyed. “Whilst it may seem heroic to come into work when you are not feeling 100%, this is a major workplace annoyance, especially when employees pass on their colds to fellow workers – so stay at home,” said Mr Price.

Click here to read the full article

Peninsula In The Media: Data Protection

Data Protection AdvertIf you have seen a copy of yesterdays Sunday Independent you may have noticed some advice provided by Peninsula for any employers who use CCTV. Data Protection is set to become one of the hot topics for HR in 2013 and 2014 with new EU regulations to come into force. 

Employers who use CCTV currently are covered by the Data Protection regulations and must adhere to these when it comes to the use and retention of personal data. We have posted previously on the pitfalls of this and employers can face hefty fines for breaches.

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Peninsula In The Media: Peninsula’s Director Alan Price Speaks to Sky News

Sky NewsPeninsula Director Alan Price was interviewed by Eamonn Holmes of Sky News this morning to give some practical advice to employers when dealing with employees during the current spell of warm weather, and how to deal with workers who take advantage of the heatwave by “pulling a sickie”. 

Alan outlined a 30% increase in calls to our Advice Service due to weather related absenteeism, with excuses ranging from sunburn, pets being sick, to car-tyres melting. Alan advised employers to work with their employees and if possible be flexible with your workforce on standards of dress or on finishing times. 

The link to the video is available below

Peninsula Business Services is seeking a Freelance Associate Seminar Presenter

PeninsulaPeninsula Business Services (Ireland) Ltd is seeking a Freelance Associate Seminar Presenter to enhance our Events team, and cover the areas of Galway, Limerick and Clare.   The ideal candidate will be a confident communicator, experienced in public speaking and able to deliver topical, informative and entertaining presentations on Employment Law and Health & Safety, and ideally based in the one of the above areas. This position will suit someone with a track record of conducting business seminars using their presentation skills to maximum effect.

Employment Law and Health & Safety knowledge is preferred, although not essential as training will be given. The key requirement is a charismatic and dynamic personality coupled with the ability to convey the effects of Employment Law and Health & Safety Regulations on businesses today to mixed and varied audiences.

If this role is of interest to you then please click here to get further details and complete our short online application.

Peninsula A-Z App Now Available for Android Users

AndroidThe Peninsula Ireland A-Z of Employment Law App is now available for Android users via the Android App Store.

The app offers essential tips and advice on those everyday questions that employers need to deal with, researched and written by Peninsula specifically for Irish Employers and best of all it is FREE to download. The app has an A-Z of Irish Employment Law as well as a Minimum Wage calculator for working out the Minimum Wage for a new starter.

The App is also available for iPhone and iPad users via the iTunes store.

Free Employment Law iPhone App From Peninsula

Peninsula AppWe are pleased to announce the Peninsula Ireland A-Z Guide iPhone app was launched this week.

The app offers essential tips and advice on those everyday questions that employers need to deal with, researched and written by Peninsula specifically for Irish Employers and best of all it is FREE to download. The app has an A-Z of Irish Employment Law as well as a Minimum Wage calculator for working out the Minimum Wage for a new starter.

The app can be downloaded from the iPhone app store by clicking here, and will be available for iPad and Android users very soon.

Peninsula In The Media – Workplace Grievances

Peninsula in the MediaToday’s Irish Independent highlighted that four out of five employees feel angry at their colleagues for not pulling their weight, leaving them to pick up the slack.

Three-quarters believe that when they tell their boss about their grievances, they are not listened to. These findings are the result of research by Peninsula, and is based on the replies of 341 workers.

Managing Director of Peninsula Alan Price said the survey showed the workplace was in need of some “anger management therapy”. “Working with people is bound to result in a clash of personalities somewhere along the way, but your reaction is important and if you feel included to rant and rave, then you need to take a step away and breathe,”

Peninsula often comes across cases where the employee frequently had a “moan and a groan” but never formalised their concerns about lazy or ineffective colleagues. Then one day the situation comes to a head and the employee can sometimes get involved in an altercation which may seem out of proportion to the issue. We would stress the importance of talking to management or human resources in a formal setting and expressing concerns in a non-confrontational manner.

Ensure it is a two-way conversation. Remember that all employees, including management, may well be under pressure at work. This may be the reason for their behaviour. An amicable meeting should resolve any issues, and since people spent an average of eight hours a day at work, it was important to have a working environment which does not include stress, worry or anger.

Reminder: €50 voucher to be won

To celebrate reaching 10,000 views we have set up a Competition which will be open to all readers of the Blog. All you need to do is follow our Blog and be in with a chance of winning a €50 ‘One for All’ voucher.

Followers of the Blog will receive emails directly when a new post has been published as well as the ability to comment and discuss posts and issues highlighted in articles.

We will pick one follower at random to win so ensure you follow us today.

Closing Date For Entries: 12.00 pm on Friday 26th October 2012

10,000 Views – Thank You To All Our Readers

The Peninsula Ireland Blog has reached the milestone of 10,000 views and we would like to thank all of our readers for helping to get us there.

When we set up the blog in April of this year we did not think there would be such a response to the content, however it goes to show there is an audience of interested and determined employers and HR professionals who want to know what is happening in Employment Law and HR in Ireland.

We will continue to post relevant and timely posts on all aspects of Employment Law and HR, and the regular features such as the Landmark Cases and Bite Size HR will also continue, along with some new features.

Thank you all again for taking the time to read our Blog and we hope you continue to find the information relevant and interesting.

The Peninsula Ireland Team

Peninsula In The Media

Peninsula in the MediaA recent survey carried out by Peninsula has been highlighted by a number of major news outlets over the past few days.

The survey looked at the increase of unpaid overtime for employees who are staying beyond their contracted hours to complete their work.

The survey, based on 934 Irish employees, found 76% of them work an average of up to 65 minutes extra on a monthly basis.

The survey also revealed that 67% of workers say they occasionally spend time working evenings and weekends without pay to cope with their workload.

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Latest Edition of the Bottom Line Express

The latest edition of the Peninsula Ireland Bottom Line express is available to view in our Bottom Line Express Page.

Our July issues focuses on the new Code of Practice for Harassment, Changes to Public Sector Sick Pay, the removal of Restrictions for Bulgarian and Romanian workers, and an Update on Employment References.

The latest issue is also available by clicking here.

Peninsula In The Media

Peninsula in the MediaPeninsula have been active in the media of late with a number of media outlets highlighting our advice to employers, and some of the print media highlighting our services in their publications.

Inside Ireland has highlighted a recent Peninsula survey regarding absenteeism in their build up to the Olympics.

In the article they have spoken to Alan Price, a Director of Peninsula, regarding this  matter and for elaboration on certain points.

The piece provides a warning to employers not to accept occurrences of uncertified sickness, and gives practical advice on how to counteract incidences of absenteeism through incentive schemes. This piece has also been picked up by other various media outlets, and if this is of interest to you may wish to look at an earlier blog post we did on sporting events this summer.

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