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Payment for Employees during Storm Ophelia

The late upgrade of Storm Ophelia to category red on Sunday, and the subsequent shut-down of most businesses on Monday, raised a number of issues for Employers. Most obviously, the issue of whether employees need to be paid for non-attendance
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ISME Advice for Employers regarding Hurricane Ophelia and Working Arrangements

As employers have a duty of care for all employees under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, their key consideration needs to be whether it is safe to ask their employees to travel to work, and if they
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GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE

12th October 2017 Ireland is second most expensive EU state for goods and services ISME, the Irish SME Association today (October 12th) at the release of the latest Consumer Price Index figures called for a reduction in Government-controlled costs. The
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BUDGET 2018 SCORECARD

10 October 2017 Brexit loan scheme welcome New Key Employee Engagement Programme (KEEP) Earned Income Tax Credit increased ISME, the Irish SME Association today (October 10th) responds to Budget 2018. The Association has compiled a score card on the main
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BUDGET 2018 MUST FOCUS ON SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

9th October 2017 Capital expenditure must take priority over increasing current expenditure The Government must act prudently in challenging times ISME, the Irish SME Association (October 9th) on the eve of Budget 2018 reiterates its call for Government to adapt
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TIME TO BACK A WINNER

5th October 2017 An ocean of opportunity if we have the will to seize it ISME is regularly critical of Government for failing to support SMEs to develop. However, one hugely successful initiative taken by Government was the establishment of
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SAVE THE BOMBARDIER JOBS NO STRINGS ATTACHED

4 October 2017 Bombardier ruling will have a negative impact on the island of Ireland. EU must signal it will unconditionally oppose protectionist measures by the US ISME, the Irish SME Association today (October 4th) voices its concern at the recent
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BANK REFUSAL RATES CONTINUE TO WORSEN

3rd October, 2017 Loan refusal rates increase from 28% to 39%. SME demand for credit increases from 34% to 38%. 51% stated that banks are making it more difficult to access finance. Businesses waiting longer to access credit 51% have
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RETAIL SECTOR NEEDS STIMULUS

28th September Budget 2018 an opportunity for retail sector Consumer confidence down in August   ISME, the Irish SME Association today (September 28th ) at the release of the latest retail sales index figures calls on Government to provide strategic
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BLOW TO NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN

ISME, the Irish SME Association today (September 27th) expresses its concern at the withdrawal of Siro from the National Broadband Plan. Such a move is a major setback to state broadband scheme, which is vital to personal and business life
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