Monthly Archives: August 2013

Managing workplace stress

Limerick Chamber, in association with Peninsula Business Services Ireland’s leading employment law consultancy, is holding a Stress Management Briefing on Thursday 22nd August 2013 in The Clarion Hotel, Limerick. The briefing will commence at 12.30pm finishing at 2.30pm. Stress Management is becoming more prevalent in today’s work environment as climate change and added pressure in the workplace is leading to an increased amount of stress leave – so, how does the employer broach this delicate matter and what legal complications surround the subject? Alan Price, managing director of Peninsula Ireland, said “Stress can be defined as the body’s reaction to change and requires a physical, mental or emotional response which can be caused by a number of factors. The effects of stress on an employee can have an...
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Family issues dominate legal help calls

Nine per cent fewer people sought help from the legal rights group FLAC in Westmeath last year than the year before, according to its annual report, but family, employment and money worries continue to dominate the agenda. Westmeath FLAC opens twice a month in Athlone and Mullingar, in partnership with the Citizen Information Board. Volunteer legal advisors in the centres are rostered under the auspices of the local Citizens Information Service, and the centres are free, confidential and open to all FLAC stands for Free Legal Advice Centres. Its director general Noeline Blackwell said the figures for 2012 show there is a fundamental need in Irish society for accessible legal information and advice for individuals, and for fairer systems that allow people to access their rights...
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Ryanair rejects Ch4 claims on safety

Ryanair pilots have called on the Irish Aviation Authority IAA to investigate serious concerns they have about the airline’s safety culture. A Channel 4 Dispatches documentary last night alleged Ryanair aircraft frequently flew with the minimum of fuel and that the cockpit voice recordings relating to many serious incidents disappeared. Ryanair hit back after the programme, describing it as “false and defamatory” and that it “wrongly impugned” the airline’s 29-year “excellent” safety record. It said the IAA, which monitors Ryanair’s safety record, conclusively disproves “false claims about Ryanair’s fuel policy and/or Ryanair’s outstanding safety record”. The unofficial Ryanair Pilot Group says it has polled more than 1,000 pilots and first officers at Ryanair, over a third of the airline’s total, and found 94 per cent wanted regulators to conduct an inquiry into the...
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