Current Issue, 22nd May 2013
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Lead News Items
With the threat of an enforced outcome hanging over them, public service unions have finally negotiated a series of proposed individual agreements that, if agreed, will make for a revised Croke Park Agreement, following intensive talks with LRC chief executive, Kieran Mulvey, and his team.
A key IBEC director has revealed that employers have been asking the confederation why the issue of collective bargaining legislation “is even on the agenda”, given the range of pressing issues businesses are having to deal with at this time.
'Croke Park Two' - a signpost on the long road to recovery?
The Government may finally get what it wanted out of the 'Croke Park Two' talks in the shape of a peace deal that may save close to €300m in payroll costs this year. It also looks set for an impressive political 'win' and, in the process, pass a major signpost on the route marked 'end of the bail-out'.
Employers must be wary of personal data in medical cert cases
Employers should be aware that, in general, only limited relevant information should be sought from an employee who submits a medical certificate to account for a period of sick absence.
Medical claims management can mean up to 39% savings
Medical case management can reduce the cost of injuries by 30% to 39%, this year's Health and Safety Review (HSR) conference was told by Jennifer Horgan, a case manager with Medical and Rehabilitation Ireland.