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GUEST BLOG: Hot Topic – Paternity Leave

In order to bring Ireland in line with our European neighbours, and as part of the 2016 Budget, the Government made a commitment to bring in legislation that would provide for two weeks’ paid statutory paternity leave by September 2016.  The proposal provides that fathers would be entitled to €230 per week paternity pay from the State, provided they have sufficient PRSI contributions similar to the requirement for the State Maternity Benefit.  The proposal allows fathers to take the paternity leave at any stage during the first 26 weeks of their child’s life.

At an EU level, the Equal Treatment Directive provides that Member States may recognise distinct rights to paternity leave, however the Directive does not impose any obligation on Member States to do so.  At the time of writing, there is no statutory right in Ireland for fathers to take paternity upon the birth of their child.  Some employers (for example in the public sector) offer a number of paid days off as paternity leave in the contract of employment.  Outside of this, however, fathers are required to take either annual leave or unpaid leave on the birth of their child.

Paternity leave is separate and distinct from parental leave, whereby both parents are entitled to take up to 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave at a time agreed with their employer prior to their child’s eighth birthday (or sixteenth birthday if the child has a disability).  The State does not make any payment for parental leave, and in practice, it is rare for employers to pay for parental leave.

The proposed statutory paternity leave has been met positively for the most part.  However, some employers organisations expressed concern that it would put financial pressure on an employer to pay employees on paternity leave.  The proposal put forward, however, does not contain any reference to an employer paying an employee for paternity leave.

No legislation has been put in place for paternity leave.  At present, the heads have been agreed for the Family Leave Bill, which is intended to bring in this change, and the expected publication date for the Bill is sometime in 2016.  Given the current uncertainty over the Government, it remains to be seen if and when the proposed statutory paternity leave will be implemented by the new Government.

This article is intended to provide only general information for the clients and professional contacts of Maples and Calder. It does not purport to be comprehensive or to render legal advice

 

James Scanlon is Head of Employment Law at Maples and Calder’s Dublin office and was assisted by Sinéad Egan, Associate. Should you have any queries on this or any employment matter please contact James or your usual Maples contact.

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The Panel joins Gateway to Europe trade mission in Boston from 19th to 22nd April

From 19th to 22nd April 2016, the “Gateway to Europe” (IGTE) annual trade mission is taking place in Boston, U.S., in order to highlight Ireland as a premier European investment location.

The Panel is delighted to be a part of this annual trade mission and will once more join the other organisations travelling stateside to promote all that Ireland has to offer and the services The Panel can offer companies looking to internationalise their operations from Ireland.

Participants include Irish services providers from the following industries: Accounting & Taxation, Banking, Communications & Telecoms, Legal & Intellectual Property, Outsourced Business Services, Moving & Storage, Pensions, Investment & Employee Benefits, Property & Project Management, Recruitment & HR, Serviced Offices, Treasury & Cash Management.

We will be bringing you updates from the summit, so keep watching our updates on social media (Twitter and LinkedIn) and here on our own website.

To learn more, the Ireland: Gateway to Europe site can be found here: http://www.gatewaytoeurope.org/

Representing The Panel the trade mission will be Alan Bluett (Partner, Banking & Treasury).

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The basis.point Spring Corporate Charity Lunch

On Friday 4th March, The Panel was delighted to attend and host a table at the annual basis.point Spring Charity Lunch held at the Fire Restaurant, Dawson Street.

Speakers from Archways presented their latest fundraising efforts and spoke about what is coming next. Emphasis was put on the excellent work carried out by the organisation and the impact their efforts has had on the children / young adults and the families that avail of their services.

The Panel were announced as a new Patron of Basispoint. The Panel is delighted to be a patron of such a well organised and worthwhile charity.

Attending the lunch from The Panel was Anne Keys (Managing Partner), Liam Murphy (Recruitment Manager, Funds) and Kevin Adam (Recruitment Consultant, Funds).

All images courtesy of basis.point

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Event venue: Fire Restaurant, Dublin
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Adrian Waters (Chairman, basis.point), Aileen O’Donoghue (Chief Executive, Archways), Jacqui Guiry (guest speaker and programme manager Archways), Pat Lardner (Chief Executive, Irish Funds) and Eimear Cowhey (Board member, basis.point)
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Jacqui Guiry

Find out more about basis.point 

Find out more about Archways Ireland

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News

The basis.point Spring Corporate Charity Lunch

On Friday 4th March, The Panel was delighted to attend and host a table at the annual basis.point Spring Charity Lunch held at the Fire Restaurant, Dawson Street.

Speakers from Archways presented their latest fundraising efforts and spoke about what is coming next. Emphasis was put on the excellent work carried out by the organisation and the impact their efforts has had on the children / young adults and the families that avail of their services.

The Panel were announced as a new Patron of Basispoint. The Panel is delighted to be a patron of such a well organised and worthwhile charity.

Attending the lunch from The Panel was Anne Keys (Managing Partner), Liam Murphy (Recruitment Manager, Funds) and Kevin Adam (Recruitment Consultant, Funds).

All images courtesy of basis.point

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Event venue: Fire Restaurant, Dublin
 basis.point.ie]
Adrian Waters (Chairman, basis.point), Aileen O’Donoghue (Chief Executive, Archways), Jacqui Guiry (guest speaker and programme manager Archways), Pat Lardner (Chief Executive, Irish Funds) and Eimear Cowhey (Board member, basis.point)
 basis.point.ie]
Jacqui Guiry

Find out more about basis.point 

Find out more about Archways Ireland

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The Panel supporting the Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day 2016

The Panel supports a number of charitable causes throughout the year.

This year, in aid of the Irish Cancer Society’s #Daffodilday we decided to do something different.

We decided to hold an internal team building “bake off” competition. This resulted in a creative culinary feast spread over 3 days, where each division within The Panel had to decorate a table with something they made themselves whilst raising money.

Here is a selection of what was made.

All proceeds from the bake off are going to the Irish Cancer Society .

To donate please click HERE

 

#wearingourdaffodilswithpride

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The Panel supporting the Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day 2016

The Panel supports a number of charitable causes throughout the year.

This year, in aid of the Irish Cancer Society’s #Daffodilday we decided to do something different.

We decided to hold an internal team building “bake off” competition. This resulted in a creative culinary feast spread over 3 days, where each division within The Panel had to decorate a table with something they made themselves whilst raising money.

Here is a selection of what was made.

All proceeds from the bake off are going to the Irish Cancer Society .

To donate please click HERE

 

#wearingourdaffodilswithpride

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The Panel attends the annual AmCham President’s Lunch 2016

The Panel was delighted to attend this year’s American Chamber of Commerce President’s lunch on the 3rd March, at The InterContinental Hotel. The event was hosted by Barclays.

The event was attended by over 500 business representatives from a wide spectrum of the Irish business community.

President Mr. Bob Savage held the inaugural address and was followed by a talk by Wall Street economist Joseph Quinlan. During the event Mr Joseph Quinlan launched the recent report The Irish-US Economic Relationship 2016. The report was written and researched by Mr Quinlan and commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce.

The report looks at amongst other things, the share of US FDI in Europe. It stated that U.S. direct investment stock in Ireland totalled a record $310 billion in 2014, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Ireland’s share of U.S. investment stock in Europe has soared over the past decade, with Ireland’s share amounting to 11.1% of the total in 2014 versus 6.2% in 2004.

Managing Partner Anne Keys and Partner Alan Bluett (Banking & Treasury) from The Panel hosted a table at this lunch and networking event.

View images from the event below.

All images courtesy of the American Chamber of Commerce

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President Mr Bob Savage
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Joseph Quinlan
Sasha Wiggins, CEO, Barclays Bank Ireland PLC
Sasha Wiggins CEO, Barclays Bank Ireland PLC
Launch of The Irish-US Economic Relationship 2016
Launch of The Irish-US Economic Relationship 2016 report

 

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News

The Panel attends the annual AmCham President’s Lunch 2016

The Panel was delighted to attend this year’s American Chamber of Commerce President’s lunch on the 3rd March, at The InterContinental Hotel. The event was hosted by Barclays.

The event was attended by over 500 business representatives from a wide spectrum of the Irish business community.

President Mr. Bob Savage held the inaugural address and was followed by a talk by Wall Street economist Joseph Quinlan. During the event Mr Joseph Quinlan launched the recent report The Irish-US Economic Relationship 2016. The report was written and researched by Mr Quinlan and commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce.

The report looks at amongst other things, the share of US FDI in Europe. It stated that U.S. direct investment stock in Ireland totalled a record $310 billion in 2014, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Ireland’s share of U.S. investment stock in Europe has soared over the past decade, with Ireland’s share amounting to 11.1% of the total in 2014 versus 6.2% in 2004.

Managing Partner Anne Keys and Partner Alan Bluett (Banking & Treasury) from The Panel hosted a table at this lunch and networking event.

View images from the event below.

All images courtesy of the American Chamber of Commerce

 American Chamber of Commerce]
President Mr Bob Savage
 American Chamber of Commerce]
Joseph Quinlan
Sasha Wiggins, CEO, Barclays Bank Ireland PLC
Sasha Wiggins CEO, Barclays Bank Ireland PLC
Launch of The Irish-US Economic Relationship 2016
Launch of The Irish-US Economic Relationship 2016 report

 

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GUEST BLOG: Noone Casey launches their free mobile Tax App

Noone Casey is one of the very first accountancy firms in Ireland to launch a free mobile Tax App.  The great news is this App can be downloaded free onto your iPhone, iPad or Android phones. It’s packed full of useful Tax Tables, Calculators and important dates all of which you will be able to access for free, anywhere you have internet connection on your device. 

Get your free App from Noone Casey here 

You can download the App completely free of charge using the links below:

Download on the App Store

Download on Google Play

What will the Noone Casey Accountancy Tax App do for you?

The App has been carefully designed in response to the growing use of smart phones and mobile devices used by our clients across Ireland.

Noone Casey wanted to develop a way to keep you up to date with the very latest news, views and tips as well as providing you with key accounting data, in real time, at your fingertips.

The Noone Casey App will enable you to calculate the tax on certain company cars or check the amount of tax you might be paying.  It will give you the power to check Stamp Duty costs or see how you might increase your profits as a business.  

You can also browse the library of tax tables, giving you the very latest tax rates 24/7 whenever you need them. From CGT and CAT to Income Tax and Tax Credits – it’s there for you. 

Plus:

Never lose a receipt again using the receipt management tool

Using the App you can track receipts and expenses literally at the touch of a button. With minimal effort you can take a picture of any receipt and save it to your App. Any additional information can be added later and receipts stored by amount, category, and date.

It can help you track all your expenses with ease and enable us to interact electronically with you. 

Keep track of journeys using GPS mileage tracker (iOS only)

When it comes to mileage half the battle is keeping an accurate tab on your journeys. Using the built-in GPS in your device, it will automatically help you to track mileage helping you to record every single trip at the touch of a button. Plus it also manages trips as well, storing them and allowing them to view, edit or email with complete ease.

Keeping in touch via ‘push notifications’ 

The new App enables Noone Casey to send push notifications to all their App users. They will be using this feature to share with you important news, deadline reminders and financial updates. 

Question: Why did Noone Casey develop its own App?

Anthony Casey: “At Noone Casey, we like to think we are a proactive firm of accountants helping companies and individuals across Ireland to grow and prosper. The Noone Casey App gives you fantastic content plus it makes it really easy to keep in touch.  It has a simple ‘arrange to meet’ page along with all our contact information as well as links to our social media pages.”

 

Note: The Panel do not specifically endorse any product, but we believe this may be of use to our clients and candidates alike. Any questions should be directed directly to Noone Casey.

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GUEST BLOG: Workplace Privacy

The recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in Barbulescu v Romania, was reported in many newspapers across Europe.  The reason for such widespread reporting was that the ECHR appeared to find, in that particular case, that the employer was entitled to read its employee’s communications to his wife and family.

While the decisions of the ECHR have limited effect on Irish law, its decisions can still be of influence in interpreting Irish law.  Therefore, it would be noteworthy if the ECHR had broadened an employer’s ability to monitor and read an employee’s communications to his or her family and friends. 

Does the Barbulescu decision have the effect of permitting employers to read its employees’ communication with family and friends?

The answer is that an employer cannot read an employee’s private communications except in limited circumstances.  The facts of the Barbulescu provided an example of such limited circumstances.  In that case, the employer enforced a strict rule that employees could not use company equipment for any private use.  The employer’s interest was in preventing ‘cyberslacking’ and the ECHR viewed that as a legitimate interest.

Its employees were aware of that rule and previous transgressions by employees had been punished.  The ECHR viewed this as evidence that an employee could not have a reasonable expectation that his private communications would be kept private if sent using company equipment in breach of the strict rule against such use.

Therefore, the Barbulescu decision will be of interest to employers who enforce a strict policy of no private use of company equipment.  In Ireland, the majority of employers do not have such a strict policy and instead allow reasonable private use of its equipment.

Nevertheless, if one thing should be taken from the Barbulescu decision by Irish employers, it is that the assessment of whether an employer has a right to read employee communications involves a balance between the reason for the employer carrying out the investigation of the employee’s communications and the employee’s reasonable expectation to privacy.  

The facts and circumstances of each particular case will of course be determinative of the issue, but first and foremost employers should ensure they have a clear written policy on the use of company equipment and social media and its monitoring of employees’ communications.

This article is intended to provide only general information for the clients and professional contacts of Maples and Calder. It does not purport to be comprehensive or to render legal advice

 

James Scanlon is Head of Employment Law at Maples and Calder’s Dublin office and was assisted by Sinéad Egan, Associate. Should you have any queries on this or any employment matter please contact James or your usual Maples contact.

t: +353 (0)1 619 2061 | e: [email protected] | w: www.maplesandcalder.com |