JobsPlus is a new employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities to people who are long-term unemployed. This incentive replaces the Employer Job (PRSI) Exemption and Revenue Job Assist schemes from 1st July 2013. Regular cash payments will be made to qualifying employers to offset wage costs where they engage jobseekers from the Live Register.
The Employer's Guide to Supported Employment, developed by Irishjobs.ie and STEP Supported Employment, in association with the IASE, is a great resource for employers.
The guide is a plain-speaking, easy-to-navigate document providing information to employers in all areas relating to disability in the workplace.
Areas covered by the guide include: accessibility, reasonable accommodations, recruiting and interviewing, bullying in the workplace, grants and incentives, managing people with disabilities and disability awareness training.
Kanchi is a not-for-profit disability organisation that works to change mindsets and behaviours around disability. Kanchi works with decision makers and leaders to promote the Disability Business Case through unique, innovative and effective business initiatives:
IBEC is the national voice of business and employers and is the umbrella body for Ireland’s leading sector groups and associations.
IBEC represents the interests of business in Ireland and provides a wide range of direct services to its members, which range from the very small to the largest enterprises, employing over 70% of the private sector workforce in Ireland.
IBEC provides information and guidance to employers on employment issues for people with disabilities.
For further information:
The National Disability Authority is the independent state body providing expert advice on disability policy and practice to the Minister, and promoting Universal Design in Ireland.
The National Disability Authority's work guides on policies, practice, and technical standards that address the challenges to full inclusion of people with disabilities in Irish society, across a wide range of areas such as employment, housing, support services, transport, information technology and the built environment.
IASE is a national voluntary organisation which was established in February 1994 with the aim of promoting and developing supported employment at a national level. They provide a range of services to supported employment organisations, people with disabilities, policy makers as well as promoting and providing information to employers.
IASE in conjunction with Irish jobs has produced a mircosite with in the Irish jobs website on “Employers Guide to Supported Employment”.
Assistive Technology (AT) is any device which enhances access to communication, education, employment or independent living, for a person with a disability. There have been many advancement in technology which has changed the way we work and Assistive Technology can work along existing IT to improve accessibility.
Disclaimer: This information is not comprehensive but is simply a summary for readers. It is not, and should not be taken as, a legal interpretation of the Act.
The Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004
The Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004 prohibit discrimination in employment across nine grounds. The Acts apply to full-time, part-time and temporary employees in both the public and private sectors. The nine grounds are: