While Agency workers do not have the same employment rights as regular workers, under the EU Directive on Temporary Agency Work, Temporary Agency Workers have the right to equal treatment regarding basic employment conditions. The Act applies to Agency Workers employed by an Employment Agency who are assigned to work for a temporary period to another Organisation. The Act may exclude employees under a Managed Service Contract which is a Contract for Services, for example, cleaning, where the Contractor is responsible for managing and delivering the service. The Act does not apply to work done in the course of a Work Placement Scheme or any publicly funded Vocational Training or a Re-training Scheme. Pay is defined as including only basic pay, shift premium, piece rates, over-time premium, unsocial hours premium and Sunday premium. Pay does not include Occupational Pension Schemes, Financial Participation Schemes, Sick Pay Schemes, Benefits-in-Kind or Bonus Payments.
They may not be politically popular in the current climate of austerity where everyone is feeling the pinch, but maintaining and improving tax incentives for business must remain a core component of industrial strategy, Kevin McLoughlin, head of tax services with Ernst & Young, opines in The Sunday Business Post.
Plans for a €44m investment in areas such as ICT, biotechnology and energy will play a key role in the Government’s forthcoming jobs initiative package, according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
AIB will this week announce it intends to shed 2,000 jobs across its operations on a phased basis and is also expected to outline plans to reduce its loan portfolios by up to €19 billion, according to The Sunday Times.
The government is to unveil its so-called ‘Jobs Budget’ in May, shortly before the arrival of Queen Elizabeth and President Obama, The Sunday Independent reports.