March 14, 2017
HR Topic of the Week:
Workplace Relations Commission (WRC):
The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) was established on 1 October 2015 under the Workplace Relations Act 2015, and it has taken over the functions of the National Employment Rights Authority, the Labour Relations Commission and the Director of the Equality Tribunal. The WRC provides information on industrial relations & rights and obligations under Irish employment and equality legislation.
The Commission’s core services include the inspection of employment rights compliance, the provision of information, the processing of employment agency and protection of young persons (employment) licences and the provision of mediation, conciliation, facilitation and advisory services.
They also have useful guides and information: https://www.workplacerelations.ie/en/Publications_Forms#Guides
i.e., ‘Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures’: https://www.workplacerelations.ie/en/Good_Workplace_Relations/codes_practice/COP3/
Their Advisory Service can assist employers, employees and trade unions or other employee representatives in non-dispute situations to develop effective industrial relations practices, procedures and structures that best meet their needs, to build and maintain positive working relationships and to develop and implement on-going effective problem-solving mechanisms (see phone number below).
Information and Customer Service
Workplace Relations Commission
Tel: 059 9178990
Lo-call: 1890 80 80 90 (09.30 – 17.00, Monday to Friday)
Support Point Topic of the Week:
Children manage transitions in their lives on a daily basis when they move between different spaces or places with different people, experiences, expectations and routines. To support children’s well-being, practitioners should provide strategies to support children through each transition. When transitions are supported by responsive caring adults, children begin to positively manage the change. All transitions should be predictable but flexible to meet the child’s individual needs, interests, preferences, and capabilities. This approach, it makes the transition easier for children to follow and allows a more positive experience.
In the Spring edition of our quarterly magazine ‘Early Times’ (due in your letterbox this week) we have an article with practical tips on how to support children through these transitions, both for staff and for parents. The ‘Preparing your Child for Preschool’ leaflet for parents is in the magazine and it is also available to download from our website here.
Support Point Question of the Week:
When do we need to alert the Department of Public Health Medicine about an infectious disease in our service?
The Department of Public Health has a list of notifiable diseases and the contact details for the Department of Public Health in each area. They can be contacted if you have a suspected case of any of the infectious diseases listed. The Department of Public Health Medicine will advise you as to the next steps regarding precautions to be taken in your premises. If your service is advised that you have a confirmed case as listed you must also contact Tusla, Early Years Inspectorate.