RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley went to bat on behalf of shopkeepers following the announcement by Government that it would be introducing legislation to make face coverings in shops and shopping centres mandatory. Buckley went on local and national radio to argue that shopkeepers and their staff needed back up to deal with customers who refuse to wear a mask. “We expect the vast majority of people will wear a face mask when shopping as requested but there are always a difficult few that retailers and their staff will have to deal with. It is not fair to make shopkeepers or their staff the enforcers they will need back up from the Gardai,” Buckley told Sarah McInerney on Today on RTE Radio 1. Click here to listen to the interview.
RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley has welcomed the decision by the Low Pay Commission to delay making a recommendation to Government on raising the minimum wage. “In its submission to the Low Wage Commission RGDATA called for moratorium on minimum wage increases to allow employers time to deal with the fallout from Covid 19 and Brexit so we welcome this decision by the LWC not to make its usual July recommendation to Government.” Click here.
Pass Occupiers Liability Amendment to rebalance Duty of Care and tax insurance company profits if premiums don’t come down: RGDATA urges Government to act quickly on insurance costs and claims
RGDATA has contacted all the key Government Ministers to urge them to pass the RGDATA drafted Occupiers Liability Amendment Act to rebalance the Duty of Care to make it fairer, balanced and more reasonable. “It is clear to RGDATA and the many others who are campaigning for insurance reform that we need to address the onerous Duty of Care currently imposed on occupiers and to ensure that claimants must prove that there was negligence on the part of the occupier when making a claim. RGDATA has drafted a Bill that will address this issue so we are calling on the Government to stand by their election promises to deal with the insurance issue and to pass this Bill into law as a matter of urgency.
RGDATA has made a submission to the Oireachtas Covid 19 Committee which is currently looking at what needs to be done to ensure economic recovery post Covid-19. Click here to read the RGDATA submission.
The call for a national Town Centre taskforce led by regeneration experts co-ordinated by the Department of An Taoiseach is being supported by many organisations and experts in evidence based town planning. The Irish Examiner highlighted the letter signed by RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley and many others including The Heritage Council and Chambers Ireland. Click here to read the story.
RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley featured in the Business Post calling for specific measures to put local shops and SMEs at the heart of Ireland’s post Covid recovery. Click here to read the interiew.
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The reopening of retail stores is highlighted in the Government’s latest Covid-19 messaging with Shop Local and Shop Safely a key message. Click here to see the latest guidance.
An amendment to Section 12 of the Redundancy Payments legislation, one of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest COVID-19 Act 2020 has been extended to 10 August. This means that for the duration of the designated ‘emergency period’ employees on lay-off or short-time will not be in a position to claim a redundancy payment if the lay-off or short-time is due to the effects or measures required to be taken by the employer to comply with, or as a consequence of, the Government policy to reduce the spread of infection of COVID-19.
On Friday 29 May, the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, confirmed that the Cabinet had decided to extend the suspension of redundancy provisions relating to temporary lay-off and short-time work which arose as a result of COVID-19 until 10 August. Click here for more information
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