The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) is holding an employment seminar ‘Employment compliance for farmer employers’ on Thursday 6 May at 7.30pm.

The event, which will take place on Microsoft Teams, is set to feature an expert panel, which will discuss the importance of compliance for farmer employers and an overview of its employment service.

The IFA has partnered with HR and employee relations specialists HRDuo to offer its new employment service to members.

The service enables members to become and remain compliant with employment law legislation, which is ever changing and impacts all areas of employment, from hiring to employee exit.

This service is exclusively available to IFA members, coming with a cost of €450 per year.

The upcoming seminar will take farmers through the key points of employment legislation, as well as other relevant legal and insurance issues, which they need to be cognisant of.


IFA member services chair Martin Stapleton said, at present, the needs of farmers are not addressed in the area of employment legislation.

“Farmer employers can find themselves very exposed in this area. The provision of a specialised tailored service in line with farmer needs is long overdue for the agricultural sector,” he said.

HRDuo managing director Jerome Forde said: “The impact of poor employment practises can leave farmers exposed to Workplace Relations Commission or Labour Court action and many other legal matters. The service has been specifically tailored for the employment requirements of farmers.”

Aiming to inform and update attendees on the commonly misunderstood and often overlooked topic of employment legislation, the IFA’s employment service enables members to become and remain compliant with the regulations.

Thursday’s seminar will be introduced by chair Martin Stapleton, followed by a talk from solicitor James Staines on the legal obligations of a farmer employer.

HRDuo’s Jerome Forde will provide expert HR advice on how to best manage your employees, while agri underwriting manager at FBD insurance Stewart Gavin will talk participants through risk assessment and management, factors which are vital for all employers to be informed on.

IFA’s employment service business manager Niamh Brennan will also advise members on the new service’s offerings.

The webinar will finish off with a Q&A session, allowing participants to offer views and attain answers for any outstanding questions they may have.

You must register for the event to attend - click here to register now. Places are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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