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Childcare advice expanded
 

Civil and public service employers have been encouraged to support staff experiencing childcare difficulties because of coronavirus-related school or crèche closures.

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Staying safe
 

The Health and Safety Authority has produced new guidelines about temporary working at home due to the coronavirus. You can read them HERE.

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Staff to be paid on time
 

The HSE and Tusla have told Fórsa that they’re putting contingency measures in place to ensure that staff are paid on time throughout the crisis. It said payroll operations will be maintained and that arrangements for those due to be paid this week have already been concluded. Fórsa sought the assurances after some members expressed concerns that payments could be delayed.

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Pension abatement waived for recalled staff.
 

Retired health staff who are temporarily re-hired to meet the increasing demand arising from Covid-19 will be able to receive their full pensions as well as pay.

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Staff with medical risk
 

Staff who are in a vulnerable group (ie, you are over 60 or have a long-term medical condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer or high blood pressure), should phone your doctor for advice before attending work.

 

 

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Staff redeployments sought
 

Civil and public servants may “may be asked on a temporary basis to work in a different role, or even for a different organisation, in order to meet critical work needs,” according to new guidance from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. 

 

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Covid 19: Social welfare arrangements
 

Fórsa is in contact with the Department of Employment And Social Protection (DEASP) regarding changed procedures, increased workloads and the need for social distancing in Intreo centres (ICs).

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New advice on self-isolating workers
 

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) has issued new advice on what employees should do if they have to go into self-quarantine or self-isolation as a result of the Covid-19 virus.

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New advice issued for public servants
 

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) today issued new guidance for its staff and managers.

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Fórsa policy on Covid-19 and workplaces
 

The union’s elected national officers met last Friday (13th March) and agreed a number of items. 

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