Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest 11th Dec 2017


  1. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Ireland Branch (CIArb) – Events and Courses

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is the leading international organisation dedicated to alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The Irish branch of the Institute regularly runs a number of informative events and courses of key business relevance. To view all upcoming events, please visit the education and training section of the CIArb Ireland branch website here .

Please find attached a flier (titled ’39 forum_final’) for an upcoming CIArb event in the new year, the 39th ADR Forum, focusing on ‘Using ADR in Oil & Gas Disputes’, taking place on Monday, 22 January 2017.

  1. Order your company’s Christmas cards with An Post and help ALONE support older people

This Christmas, ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has partnered with An Post for its ‘Do One Thing’ Christmas campaign. The campaign allows companies to make a donation to ALONE while ordering high-quality Christmas cards which can be personalised with a logo or personal message inside.

By purchasing a pack of 100 or 500 Christmas cards online, companies can help support older people who are experiencing loneliness this Christmas. At a cost of €250 a company can purchase 100 personalised Christmas cards, including postage and a €120 donation to ALONE. For €1,250 a company can purchase 500 personalised Christmas cards, including postage and a €650 donation to ALONE. Companies will receive their stock of cards within three working days, delivered by An Post.

The donations will go directly to ALONE services. The organisation provides friendship, support, social events, and housing to older people. ALONE services ensure that no older person is left isolated and lonely. To order your company’s Christmas Cards and help ALONE today go to

  1. Enterprise Ireland “Be Prepared” Brexit Funding Support for SMEs

Enterprise Ireland are offering grant funding for SMEs interested in developing a sustainable action plan to consolidate themselves in preparation for the business challenges which may arise from Brexit. The “Be Prepared Grant” offers eligible SMEs up to €5000 in support funds to cover consultancy, travel and travel expenses associated with researching the direction of their action plan. This plan would likely include looking into moving into new markets and market segments. Before applying, candidates can complete a Brexit Scorecard available from the Enterprise Ireland website, where the online application system can also be found.

To access the Brexit Scorecard, the online application system and more information about eligibility for the grant, visit the dedicated Enterprise Ireland webpage here:

  1. Report on the Irish Chamber Network Delegation Visit to Brussels

Last month, Chambers Ireland and a delegation of representatives of local Chambers engaged in series of meetings in Brussels over two days focusing on promoting the voice of the Chambers network amidst the ongoing Brexit negotiations. The delegation met with officials from the European Commission as well as a number of Irish MEPs and more. The meetings were a constructive opportunity for local Chamber representatives to voice the concerns of their members and to be given greater insight into the current stages of the negotiations and the EU’s work to ensure Irish interests are prioritised.

Please find attached an overview report on the meetings. Should you have any questions regarding the report and the meetings, please contact

  1. Impact of Brexit on EU Cities and Regions – Seeking Your Views

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) with the support of our colleagues in Eurochambres are looking for input from of local and regional authorities, chambers of commerce, or other stakeholders at regional and local level on what they feel the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU will be on their own cities and regions.

It is extremely important that the Irish perspective is included in this EU-wide information-gathering exercise.

The survey itself is quite brief and should take no more than 3-5 minutes to complete. Please feel free to complete yourself, share via your social media channels and circulate to your members. The deadline is the 15 Dec 2017. Should you have any questions regarding the below, please contact

  1. National Water Resources Plan Consultation One

Irish Water is developing the first National Water Resources Plan (NWRP) that will outline a roadmap towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly drinking water supply over the next 25 years. 

Irish Water is now seeking feedback on the SEA Scoping Report – it can be viewed and downloaded at

Submissions or observations in relation to the level of detail of the information to be included in the report may be made by Friday 22 December 2017 by contacting the following email or postal addresses:


Post:   National Water Resources Plan, Irish Water, Colvill House,
             24‐26 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.

Attached to this email is a document outlining a series of consultation questions to guide you in the development of your submission as well as further details of the submission process.

  1. EU Report on Benefits to Business of Trade Deals

Following the Chamber visit to Brussels last month where we met with officials from DG Trade, a new report has been published profiling the benefits of EU Trade deals for businesses all over the EU. This horizontal report is the first of its kind and sheds light on what happens after trade agreements are negotiated and have entered into force. The publication is another step towards a fully transparent and inclusive trade policy, in line with the Commission’s commitments set out in the EU’s 2015 ‘Trade for All’ strategy. Overall, EU agreements are shown to lead to more EU exports and growth, with major export increases to the following countries:

  • Mexico (+416% since 2000)
  • Chile (+170% since 2003)
  • South Korea (+59% since 2011)
  • Serbia (+62% since 2013)

More information on the report can be found at

DG Trade would also like to hear more from Chambers about how their members are benefiting from existing trade deals or how they might benefit from new deals (Canada, Japan) and proposed trade partnerships (Mexico, Mercosur, Australia, New Zealand). We ask that you engage with our members and if interested, to invite them to send their positive trade stories to

  1. Doing Business and Investing in Brazil- A message from President of Brazil Michel Temer

Our colleagues in the Embassy of Brazil in Ireland have asked that we circulate the attached message from the Brazilian President , Michel Temer, which details recent political developments, reforms and opportunities for business.

Please circulate to your members or any interested stakeholder who may have business interests in Brazil.

Should you have any questions concerning the attached, please contact

  1. Peninsula – Annualised Hours

Annual or annualised hours contracts can be beneficial for both employers and employees, but in order to be efficient, they need to be managed correctly.

When looking to use annualised hours, you first need to see if this is suitable for your business. In an annualised hours contract the hours are usually listed as the total hours that will be completed over the year, (for example 20 hours x 52 weeks = 1040 hours).

These types of contracts are mostly used in industries such as Manufacturing, hospitals and emergency departments etc. Annualised hours can be most useful to employers who have varying demands for products or services, as this can help them to roster the employees for the busiest periods of the year, so the employees are utilised to the full potential and avoid any overtime costs.

However, in some instances employee may be required to work over their contractual hours and this should be paid accordingly. These type of contracts can also be of benefit to employees as they can provide flexibility.

When setting annualised hours, you need to calculate how many hours will be rostered hours and how many will be ‘on-reserve’. In some instances, the employer will have set hours for the whole year, alternatively where it’s more unpredictable in nature, an employer should include ‘on-reserve’ hours.

It is vital to include a degree of flexibility in case the workload changes over the year. An employer needs to clearly state in the contract, terms of pay and the pay reference period, (whether 12 equal instalments or paid for the hours worked in that month, employees on these contracts are usually salaried paid) holidays as to when can these be taken and sickness notification procedure.

Employers will need to ensure that any ‘on-reserve’ hours are used up. An employer should keep track of each employee’s on-reserve to ensure that all employees complete all allocated hours, as otherwise, this could lead to overpayments or disagreements between staff. An employer should make consequences known to employees who do not work up allocated hours.

As there may be long periods between when the employees are required to attend work, it is advised employers keep employees fully up to date with any news or communications in the workplace.

If you have any questions in relation to annualised hours, please contact Peninsula’s expert employment law advisors on the 24 Hour Advice Service on 01 855 5050

  1. The EU Asia Business Link – Promoting Business opportunities in Asia for SMEs within the EU

The EU Asia Business Link is a coordination platform which aims to increase the visibility of EU initiatives in Asia so that EU-based companies and business organisations can identify and benefit from these initiatives to enter into and develop commercial relations with Asian markets.

The project is managed by EUROCHAMBRES and communications agency GOPA Com, who work together in close cooperation with key stakeholders in Asia and in the EU.

The website of the platform provides the latest updates on news and events across different business sectors on EU-Asia business developments.

For more information on the platform and what opportunities are available for your business, please visit the EU Asia Business Link website here:

  1. Update on Investment Projects from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation in the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce

The Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry have notified Chambers Ireland of several new investment projects currently in development, mainly in the area of construction.

They include a biofuel manufacturing plant, a clinical medical centre, a liquefied natural gas plant, an electro-metallurgical plant and more.

Details of the various projects can be found attached to this newsletter as a downloadable zip file, “CCI RF’s Projects”.

If interested, please contact the Russian Federation Chamber representative Sergei Averin, who  is happy to get in touch with any network members who would like further information, via the below phone and email contact details:

T: +44 (0) 20 7931 6455 | Mob: +44 (0) 7983 628297 | Email:

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