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Smovey Niall Power

“Parkinson’s Talks” is a new social group setting that was set up by Irene Treacy, creator of “Helping People with Parkinson’s” by the special request of her course participants.

“We have just finished our second 5 week education and exercise program and all the participants wanted to continue to meet on a regular basis as all have found great benefit not only from the education, exercise but also great friendships have been formed over the past 5 weeks”

Parkinson’s Talks are weekly meet ups that include a different guest speaker, all will have something positive to do with Parkinson’s. The guests vary from health, fitness & holistic professionals that all have a personal interest in helping people with Parkinson’s or People with Parkinson’s themselves that have something to share to help, support and encourage their Parkinson’s colleagues.

Some of the holistic professionals include Linda Stampley whose father has Parkinson’s and suffers with anxiety and constipation and she treats her father with Essential Oils, another is a CBD Practitioner who treats his uncle with legal medical marijuana which relieves his tremor and also helps greatly with anxiety.

We are launching Parkinson Talks with Niall Power who was a drummer with Bob Geldof’s Band for 25 years and toured with Westlife for a year who is living with Parkinson’s 10 years. He is convinced that exercise is the most powerful resource we have to combat the condition and he is going to talk about that at the 1st “Parkinson’s Talk” event starting Wednesday, 11th July.

Niall will also be signing copies of his book “Timing is Everything” which is a fascinating story about such interesting tales of his world wide travels and meeting such amazing people like Nelson Mandela, David Bowie, Bono, Sting, Westlife just to name a few. This is a free event but places are limited and MUST be confirmed to guarantee a place. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your confirmation ticket and open to all people with Parkinson’s and their family and friends.

These talks are weekly and will be from 10am to 12 Noon every week and there will be an optional hour extra if people want to stay behind for a chat and cup of tea/coffee. The speakers will be for one hour with questions & answers and every week will include a smovey session.

Smovey is an exercise and wellness tool that was invented by a man who has Parkinson’s and people that have done the courses, have reported amazing results from improved balance, gait, coordination and much more.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a list of all dates and speakers for all talks. Talks will be €15 each or you can pre purchase any 5 talks for reduced rate of €50.

New Links Training Solutions logo

5 Day Manual Handling Instructor Programme (6N0233)  will commence in our offices in the Airport Business Park in Waterford on Wednesday July 25th.

Our price for this Programme is €649 and we are offering a 10% discount to chamber members who book a place on the programme. This programme is QQI Certified and successful participants will be qualified to certify manual handling in the workplace.

Full Details at  https://www.newlinkstraining.com/health-and-safety/manual-handling-training-course/

6 Day QQI Supervisory Management programme (6N4329)  will commence in our offices in the Airport Business Park in Waterford on Wednesday August 22nd.

Our price for this Programme is €749 and we are offering a 10% discount to chamber members who book a place on the programme. This programme is for professionals who have recently stepped up into a supervisory role, those seeking to expand their existing leadership skills and employees who plan on progressing to a supervisory role

Details at  https://www.newlinkstraining.com/management-and-leadership/supervisory-management/

6 Day QQI Special Purpose Award in Training and Development  (6S3372) programme  will commence in our offices in the Airport Business Park in Waterford on Thursday August 16th.  

Our price for this Programme is €749 and we are offering a 10% discount to chamber members who book a place on the programme. This programme contains 2 modules of training and is for professionals who need certification and to improve their training knowledge and skills. Our experienced, qualified and hands-on trainers will take participants through an interactive, challenging and motivational experience towards gaining a qualification in training and development.

Details at  https://www.newlinkstraining.com/train-the-trainer/

SwimFitPool

Sunday 1st - Sunday 7th July

daily 10am - 8pm

Now is your chance to come and try our fabulous heated saltwater pool for yourself. Bring your togs, your friends, your kids...we love happy wet visitors!!! 

No obligation but if you do decide you can't live without your own pool we'll give you €250 off pools purchased in July / August!! With FlexiFi Finance available you can buy now and pay over 2 or 3 years. It's the perfect time to get swimming & exercising or just relaxing & having fun in your own pool at home!

We are based in Slieverue, just outside Waterford, where we'll be happy to welcome you to our fantastic Log Cabin Pool Showroom. You'll find address details online SwimFitPool.ie and on our Facebook page.

Peninsula Heatwave

As the country enjoys blue skies, unbroken sunshine and near-record temperatures, it seems a lot of the hard-working people of Ireland are wondering what temperature the mercury must hit for it to be legally too hot to work?! Employers will likewise be curious to know how the extraordinarily hot temperatures impact on their legal duty to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees at work. 

Health and Safety Authority guidance

The Health and Safety Authority have responded to the high number of temperature-related queries by issuing a statement advising that there is ‘no maximum allowable temperature’ under health and safety legislation and that both employers and employees should exercise ‘common sense’ in all workplace safety matters.

What the legislation says

Health and safety legislation provides that the temperature in the workplace must be appropriate for the work activity taking place.

In determining what is appropriate, employers should consider the following: –

  • the effects of wearing a uniform or protective clothing required for certain roles
  • whether the work is sedentary
  • whether there are radiant heat sources or humidity factors.

The maximum temperature question

There is no maximum temperature specified in health and safety legislation. It does not follow that working at all temperatures will be deemed acceptable. Common sense must prevail.

Office work guidelines

The minimum temperature in an office should be no less than 17.5°C after the first hour of work. Most office workers find the recommended temperature too cold and find 20-23°C more acceptable. Excessive heat from the persistent sun should be prevented by external blinds, low emission glass or other appropriate equipment. A thermometer should be to hand to allow temperatures to be monitored.

High-temperature work

Workplaces with operations that expose employees to very high or uncomfortable temperatures may require cooling systems depending on individual circumstances.

Hot tips

By following the guidelines below, employers can exercise a common sense approach to dealing with any heatwave-related issues: –

  • ensure good management/staff relations through clear communication and agreement with employees on appropriate measures to be taken
  • monitor air conditioning, keep windows open, provide fans and generally allow a supply of fresh air to circulate around the workplace
  • ensure there is an adequate supply of cold water available
  • provide appropriate rest breaks, and job rotation if necessary
  • ensure outdoor workers are aware of the risks of working in direct sun, and that they wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment and apply sunscreen as necessary
  • in office environments, consider relaxing the dress code for employees’ comfort
  • ensure outdoor workers do not use high temperatures as justification for removing required safety equipment such as hard hats and steel toe capped boots.

To find out how to safeguard your business against claims under health and safety legislation call Peninsula’s 24-hour advice line on 1890 252 923.

Theatre Royal The Good Thief

Date: 12th July To 14th July

Time: 8:00pm To 10:00pm

Price: Preview July 12th: €12.00 | July 14th & 15th: €15.00

THE GOOD THIEF by Conor McPherson

Performed by Michael Power and directed by Liam Butler. 

On a fateful night in Dublin, a gangster’s life takes a transformative turn when a botched job jolts him into a spiral of remorse, renewed conscience, and profound regret.

Waterford’s Michael Power returns to the stage to star in Conor McPherson’s award-winning one man show about violence and guilt. 

‘McPherson weaves a gripping tale full of suspense, humor, and moments of quiet reflection. It's the combination of these elements that makes him such a compelling writer.’  Theatremania.com

Bookings: https://theatreroyal.ticketsolve.com/shows/873588012

Peninsula self employment

Peninsula has provided its latest professional guidance on the issue of ‘False Self-Employment’, following the launch of the public awareness campaign on this issue by Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty, clarifying the definition of False Self-Employment as occurring when an employment relationship creates the bogus appearance of a worker being self-employed when the true nature of the relationship is, in fact, one of an employer and employee.

Peninsula’s overview document provides information on the different facets involved in determining the legitimacy of correct employment status and what obligations must be met to confirm legitimate employment.

Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty announced the launch of a public awareness campaign concerning false self-employment in May. False self-employment occurs when an employment relationship creates the bogus appearance of a worker being self-employed when the true nature of the relationship is, in fact, one of an employer and employee. The government is targeting false self-employment as it reduces PRSI contributions, reduces the Social Insurance Fund and reduces other employment-related tax revenues.

Contract of service vs contract for service

It may be useful to, first of all, clarify that a contract of service is used to govern the employer/employee relationship and a contract for services is used to govern the services of a self-employed contractor.

Useful indicators to determine correct employment status

It is important to note that the label of a contract, describing a worker as being either an employee or self-employed will not determine employment status. The terms and conditions of the contract must be examined individually and balanced against all other conditions of the working relationship.

The following tests are not an exhaustive or definitive checklist of determining factors but they remain useful indicators.

Control

The degree of control exerted over a worker is a significant indicator of the true nature of the employment relationship. A worker who must comply with instructions in relation to where, what, when and how work is carried out, is ordinarily an employee.  It will not always be necessary for the employer to instruct the worker, particularly where workers have developed particular skills. The employer is merely required to retain that right. The degree of control of the employer over an employee can be identified by examining forms of verbal or written instructions, manuals provided or procedures in place. Where a low degree of control is established this will typically indicate either the employee’s level of skill (i.e. minimal supervision is required) or on the other hand that the worker is self-employed.

Provision of training

The provision of training to a worker by an organisation indicates an employer/employee relationship. Providing training indicates that an employer is concerned with the standard of the work being carried out. Contracting the work out to an expert would not generally require the provision of training.

Regular reporting

Regular reporting arrangements indicate that the worker is an employee and required to account for the work s/he is performing.

Personal service test

The obligation to provide a personal service points to a finding that the employer is not only interested in the results but also that it is a specified worker who achieves these results.  Where personal service is not required a contract for services is more likely to exist.  In some contracts for services, however, there may be a requirement that the self-employed worker has a particular skill which s/he personally has been contracted to supply.

Freedom to send substitutes

The freedom to send substitutes or hire helpers at the worker’s own cost is indicative of a contract for services. On the other hand, a worker who hires, supervises and pays other workers at the direction of the employer or a worker who is operating by way of a delegated duty from the employer, is more likely to be an employee.  A worker who is free to send a substitute, with the prior approval of the business, and the substitute is paid by the business, is likely to be an employee.

Exclusivity

If the worker is required to provide services exclusively to one business, the worker is more likely to be deemed an employee. A self-employed contractor is more likely to work for a number of different contractors at the same time.  It is important to differentiate between the independent contractor and the employee who works in a number of part-time jobs.  The provision of a personal service is not proof of a contract of service but a contract of service cannot exist where there is no personal service.

Integration

Where a worker is integrated into the business process and the activities of the worker are an essential part of the organisation’s operations, it generally signifies that the worker is an employee.

Provision of equipment

The furnishing of tools, equipment and protective clothing to the worker by the employer supports a finding of a contract of service.  In some occupations, however, it is customary for the worker to supply particular tools and equipment at no cost to the employer.  For example, carpenters generally provide their own hand tools.  Significant investment by the worker in the provision of equipment necessary for the job is more indicative of a contract for services.

Location

Working on the employer’s premises and using all the necessary facilities is typical for employees.  Employees may also be required to work away from the employer’s premises because of the nature of the work while self-employed workers may likewise be required to work on a contractor’s premises and use some of their facilities under a contract for services.

Level of risk

A high level of financial risk, in capital or assets, undertaken by a worker, or being exposed to financial risk by having to bear the cost of making good faulty or substandard work, indicates that the worker is self-employed.

Having the opportunity to profit from sound management in the scheduling and performance of engagements and tasks, to employ resources or investment, and to have the freedom to make decisions accordingly indicates a contract for services.  However, this does not apply where performance-related pay is a feature of the employment.

Correcting unsatisfactory work at the worker’s own expense and on the worker’s own time suggests a contract for services is in place.

Remuneration

The method of remuneration for employees is generally a fixed-rate periodical payment.  The fact that remuneration is by time, by piece, on commission, on invoice, by fee or some other method that has been mutually agreed does not automatically lead to the conclusion that a worker is self-employed.

Other indicators

Mileage, subsistence and expenses paid by the business to a worker are generally indicative of a contract of service. Company sick pay, holiday pay and membership of a superannuation scheme are benefits generally provided by employers in respect of their employees.  However, the absence of these benefits does not automatically confirm self-employment status.

To learn more about how employment status might affect your business, please call Peninsula’s 24-hour advice service on 1890 252 923.

LCE Golf

**ENTER OUR DRAW TO WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 4 IN THE BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS OF FAITHLEGG GOLF COURSE, WATERFORD**

This is just a reminder that for any new enquiries that come for the remainder of June will be entered into a draw to win a round of golf for you and 3 friends in Faithlegg Golf Course.

So have a think about all those H&S issues that you have been putting on the long finger....

  • Checking the levels in that really noisy production area
  • Updating your safety statement
  • Checking that slippy floor in the reception area
  • Managing those risk areas in the manufacturing plant
  • Carrying out the ergonomic assessments
  • Attending that IOSH training that you have meant to do for months now

Upcoming LCE H&S training courses :

  • Manual Handling – EVERY FRIDAY @ 11am
  • First Aid Responder Training 4th, 12th 18th July – spaces remaining
  • First Aid Refresher Training – spaces remaining
  • ATEX training – 10th July
  • **VDU Assessors Training – 19th July – **DUBLIN

If any of those ring a bell then contact us for a quote and maybe this enquiry can work to your advantage!

The winner will selected at random and contacted in the first week in July - some terms and conditions may apply.

Call LCE on 051 364344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THINK WORKPLACE SAFETY – THINK LCE!

FOR PRACTICAL, COMPETENT SAFETY CONSULTANCY AND TRAINING.

There is a wonderful concert taking place Wednesday 27th June at 8pm in Christ Church Tramore Co. Waterford featuring the Christ Church Sugar Land and Friends Choir from Texas directed by Lahonda Sharp, and The Bealtaine Choir from Waterford directed by Anne Woodworth. Free admission with a collection on the night for The Samaritans.

Theatre Royal Blackbird

Blackbird

By David Harrower

Starring Anthony Brophy (The Tudors) and Maria Guiver

Directed by Ben Barnes

Fifteen years ago, Una and Ray’s illicit relationship had a profound and devastating effect on both their lives. They haven't set eyes on each other since. Now in a tense confrontation the past returns to torment them as they unravel their deeply conflicted feelings for each other. Revelations and recriminations fly in this lacerating and controversial story of betrayal, abandonment and lust.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play, Blackbird is a complex portrayal of two people whose ruined lives are inextricably intertwined.

Produced Ground Floor Theatre Company in association with Theatre Royal Productions and Central Arts. Funded by Waterford City and County Council.

Booking: 051-874402 or http://www.theatreroyal.ie/events/blackbird-by-david-harrower

 

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