Thursday, 26 May 2016

Workshop on Employment Law for Social Enterprises Ballyhoura Development

One of the most important assets of any business are its employees. This holds true even more so for charitable bodies, social enterprises and community businesses. Employees do the work that keeps business or service going and without them, organisations may not be able to fully achieve their aims or potential to meet the needs of their clients and beneficiaries.  Most charitable organisations cannot afford a fulltime HR resource and employment law can prove difficult to navigate while trying to serve the public in delivering a product or service. However, if your organisation has employees, it is important to understand the legal obligations of the employer and have appropriate policies and procedures in place.

As a support to not-for-profit organisations in the east Limerick and north Cork area, Ballyhoura Development is pleased to offer “Employment Law for Social Enterprises”, a one-day interactive workshop on human resources best practice and employment law fundamentals for organisations in the community and voluntary sector, at Coote Hall Resource Centre, Kilmallock, on Friday, June 24th, from 9.30am - 4.30pm.

This informative workshop will cover essential topic areas such as: Recruitment and Selection; Contracts of Employment; HR/Employment Policies & Procedures; Statutory Leave; Personnel files; Disciplinary & Grievance matters; Equality and Dignity in the Workplace; Guarding against Unfair Dismissals; Rewarding employees in a non-profit setting; and Case Studies of ‘real life’ precedents from tribunal/court determinations. Training is delivered by The HR Suite, the Tralee-based human resources and consultancy organisation who provide training and supports to a wide range of business sectors.

The workshop is part of Ballyhoura Development’s Community Governance Skills Initiative and arises from an identified need for all community businesses and social enterprises to have compliant employment terms, conditions and HR policies in place. Attendance should be a priority for managers/CEOs with direct line responsibility for staff and the Board Members at corporate level who ultimately have overall responsibility for the staff of Companies Limited by Guarantee or Cooperatives which are operating as not-for-profit community businesses and social enterprises.

Workshop places are free but limited to two attendees (e.g. manager & board member) per organisation in the Ballyhoura Development area and a light lunch is provided. Advance booking is essential and can be done through David O’Grady, Development Officer, Ballyhoura Development Ltd., Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, on tel. 063-91739 or .

The Ballyhoura Development Community Governance Skills Initiative is provided through The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 which is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

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