The Low Pay Commission, which makes annual recommendations to Government on the rate of the National Minimum Wage is inviting submissions on the National Minimum Wage 2022 by March 7.
The Secretary, Low Pay Commission, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley will represent Independent Retailers at the Food Safety Authority Retail Forum on Thursday, 25th February at 11am.
Non compliance with Covid Regulations: Please keep RGDATA informed about any issues you are facing in store
RGDATA continues to raise the issue of aggressive anti-maskers and others who are refusing to wear face masks in shops with the Taoiseach, Minister for Health, Minister for Business, Minister for Retail and the Retail Forum.
The Judicial Council is set to make its recommendations regarding pay outs for minor injuries when it meets on 20 February.
Unfortunately, there are rumours that the judges are not going to recommend an 80% reduction which is necessary to bring Ireland in line with most EU countries.
If you are speaking to local politicians please make sure they hear your frustration with the long delay in tackling the cost of shop insurance – tell them that if the judges don’t recommend an 80% reduction you fear that your insurance costs will continue to rise.
RGDATA and the Alliance for Insurance Reform is continuing to campaign to get meaningful reform that will bring down the cost of insurance.
RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley represented independent retailers at the first meeting of the Deposit & Return Scheme Stakeholder sub group meeting organised by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
The group heard from various stakeholders on the potential design of a new DRS scheme to deliver on the programme for Government and Waste Action Plan commitments.
RGDATA and other insurance reform campaigners remain concerned about the impact of personal injury pay outs on insurance costs after the Judicial Council deferred a decision on new guidelines to February 20.
Media reports suggest that the judges are considering recommending that pay outs are more in line with those in Northern Ireland instead of much lower EU payouts.
This is causing serious concerns amongst campaigners who want an 80% reduction in pay outs for fully recoverable, minor injuries.
“We will not see the required reduction in shop insurance costs to sustainable levels unless we bring the pay outs for very minor, fully recoverable bumps and bruises right down to EU levels. Bringing Irish pay outs in line with those in Northern Ireland will not address this issue and will certainly not deliver the sort of reductions in insurance costs that Irish shops desperately need to stay competitive,” says RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley.
You can read the press release from the Alliance for Insurance Reform here.
Read the Irish Times report on what the judges are considering here
The Judicial Council is due to consider draft Judicial Personal Injuries Guidelines on Friday (5/2/21). Once Guidelines are adopted they will be published on the Judicial Council website.
The Guidelines will replace the Book of Quantum when Section 99 of the Judicial Council Act 2019, which is currently scheduled for this July, commences.
RGDATA is supporting the Alliance for Insurance Reform’s call for payouts for fully recoverable minor injuries to be slashed by 80%. Read the editorial by AIR to be published in the Irish Independent this week here.
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