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Mr Pat Breen TD, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, launches new HR manual for small to medium sized businesses

Human Resources and Employment: Policies and Procedures, a new book published by Chartered Accountants Ireland, was officially launched today in Dublin today by the Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Mr Pat Breen TD.

Co-authored by Catherine Corcoran, Partner and Head of RSM Ireland’s Management Consulting division and Joanne Healy, BL, Group Employee Relations Manager for the Bank of Ireland Group, the new book is a comprehensive manual for small and medium sized businesses about the field of human resources.

Catherine Corcoran has over three decades of experience in senior management and HR roles and is a specialist in corporate governance. Joanne Healy is an accredited mediator and employment law barrister and, at the time of writing the book, was a manager in RSM’s Forensic and Investigations Unit.

Human Resources and Employment: Policies and Procedures is an authoritative resource which is informed by best practice and legislative developments in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It outlines the lifecycle of the employment relationship – Recruitment and Selection; Terms and Conditions of Employment; the Employee Experience; Education Training; Development and Performance; Dignity at Work and Protected Disclosures; Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures; and Termination of Employment.

To mark the launch of the book, Chartered Accountants Ireland and RSM are co-hosting a seminar this evening ‘Delivering an authentic employment experience & maximising performance’, with a panel discussion featuring the authors of the book and John Farrelly, Chief Executive Officer, The Mental Health Commission and Stuart Preston, Head of Leadership and Organisation Development, Opes Business Partners.

Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Mr Pat Breen said, “I’m really pleased to formally launch Human Resources and Employment: Policies and Procedures which offers an excellent support for small and medium sized businesses. This manual captures the important developments in human resources and employment law in Ireland and internationally and enables employers to prepare for and adapt to the changing workplace.”

Michael Diviney, Director of Publishing at Chartered Accountants Ireland said, “This new cutting-edge manual is an extremely useful resource on human resources for our members and for all small and medium sized businesses. In a resurgent economy, with near to full employment and organisational performance more than ever reliant on our people, delivering an authentic employment experience is a true differentiator.”

Co-author Catherine Corcoran said, “It is crucial to harness the creative value that employees can offer. This book focuses on the importance of establishing an authentic workplace environment – one where all have the freedom to speak, freedom to operate and freedom to actualise. Not only does this optimise the employee experience, but also allows employers to get the best results from employees and unlock the barriers to maximising performance.”

Co-author Joanne Healy BL added, “An ideal employment experience is one that can be disrupted, in equal measure, for employers and employees. Human Resource policy provides an essential baseline for both employers and employees. This book outlines the ‘moments that matter’ in the employment experience and offers guidance on how to successfully navigate these situations and establish a positive, authentic workplace environment in which employees can thrive.”


Notes for Editor

Photography from this event will be issued by Jason Clarke Photography this evening at approx. 4.00pm.

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About RSM Ireland

RSM Ireland is the 8th largest accounting and advisory firm in Ireland. Established in 1987, it is the biggest first-generation accounting firm in Ireland, and is one of the fastest growing firms serving the midmarket. RSM Ireland employs 185 professionals across 4 locations – Ranelagh, Dublin (HQ at Trinity House and Westmorland House); Birr Co Offaly, and Portlaoise in Co Laois. It was named ‘Advisory Team of the Year’ in the 2019 Irish Accountancy Awards and ‘Practice of the Year’ and ‘Large Practice of the Year’ in the 2018 Irish Accountancy Awards.


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About Chartered Accountants Ireland

Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s largest and longest established professional body of accountants founded in 1888. The Institute, which is an all-island body, currently represents over 27,000 members around the world. The Chartered Accountants Ireland Brexit Action Group coordinates extensive lobbying and public information activities to help its members North and South of the border prepare for the departure of the UK from the EU.