Tesco Ireland announces 1,150 new jobs

Tesco Ireland have announced that they are creating an additional 1,150 jobs in the lead up to Christmas.

700 of the jobs are temporary roles for the Christmas period with the remaining 450 jobs being full-time permanent roles.

120 of the permanent jobs are to be based in Cork.

This is not the first major recruitment drive for Tesco Ireland, they hired an additional 1,000 staff at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Announcing the creation of the 1,150 new jobs, Tesco Chief Executive Kari Daniels paid tribute to Tesco staff:

Since the start of this pandemic, our colleagues have risen to the challenge to continue to serve our customers and communities. We are pleased to be able to add these roles at this challenging time.

The announcement was also welcomed by Taoiseach Micheál Martin:

I would like to thank Tesco staff and all other retail workers who have kept our shops open during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They are playing a vital role in ensuring people have access to essential supplies in a safe environment

Tesco Ireland employs over 13,000 staff across 151 of its stores in Ireland.

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Confirmed: Ireland to move to Level 5 restrictions nationwide for six weeks

Every county in the Republic of Ireland will be moved to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions from Wednesday midnight.

The move to Level 5 restrictions was announced by Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

It comes on the back of a spike of new Covid-19 cases across the country in recent weeks and recommendations made by the National Public Health Emergency Team.

The aim of the six weeks of Level 5 restrictions is to bring the daily number of Covid-19 cases below 100 according to Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan. It will also pave the way for Ireland to return to lower restrictions for the Christmas period.

There was a further 1,031 confirmed Covid-19 cases yesterday in Ireland and no further deaths.

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How to support your staff living with diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the blood sugar level is too high. While there are various forms, the most common are type one and two.

Type one diabetes is an autoimmune condition diagnosed in early childhood while type two is a metabolic disorder usually brought on by lifestyle choices.

While there’s no cure for diabetes, there are steps that those living with it can take to manage their condition and live a healthy life.

According to the Irish Times, almost a quarter of a million people in Ireland are living with diabetes. 10 to 15% of which are type one diabetes and with the rest being type two.

Diabetes is considered a disability as it’s a long-term condition that affects the sufferer’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day tasks.

Within the work setting, while it can be difficult for employees to open up about their condition, when they do, there are adjustments you can make their working life a bit easier.

Diabetes and the law

In Ireland, the Employment Equality Act 1998 is the main legislation the prevents discrimination and encourages equality in the workplace. The law prohibits discrimination on nine grounds one of which is on the grounds of discrimination.

According to the legislation, discrimination occurs when one person is treated less favourable than another is, has been or would be treated. As well as the prohibition of discrimination, the legislation also places a duty of care on employers.

The obligation requires you to provide reasonable adjustments by taking appropriate measures to enable an individual with a disability have access to employment, participate and advance in employment and to undergo appropriate training.

Apart from your legal obligations, there are other practical considerations in relation to managing employees with diabetes.

Amongst your top considerations should be:

  • The stability of the condition and the type of treatment being received
  • Any activity being carried out that might result in risks
  • Control measures for any risk identified
  • Options for lone working and flexible working

Supporting employees with diabetes

While your staff isn’t required to inform you of their disability, when they do, you may have a legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments to allow them to manage their disability and perform effectively at their job.

The term ‘reasonable adjustment’ is broad and will depend on the specific circumstance of your employee. Below we’ll go through some adjustments you can make around the workplace and to the work process.

Privacy: Part of living with diabetes means your employee might need to take medication, injections or test their blood sugar level at specific times. Any of these can be quite personal so you may need to make provisions for somewhere private they can attend to these needs.

Working hours and breaks: In an effort to manage their diabetes, employees living with the disease will need to take medication (including injections), test their blood glucose level, etc at various times through the day. It’s important to allow for flexibility with their working hours and breaks as they may need to do this several times while at work. Depending on how the condition affects them and the complications it presents, they may need time off to attend hospital appointments and check-ups.

Working equipment: You may need to review elements of your employee’s role when they inform you of their condition. Consider carrying out a risk assessment to identify any activities they might undertake that’d affect their condition

Raising awareness: It’s also important for other staff members to understand diabetes and how it can affect their colleagues. It’s helpful as it allows other members of staff to understand diabetes, recognise the symptoms and offer support when needed.

AUTHOR BIO

Alan Hickey is an experienced consultant in employment law, HR and health and safety with a demonstrated history of working in business consultancy. He is a member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and Chairman of the Chambers Ireland Employment Workplace & Skills Taskforce.

DPD Ireland to create 700 new jobs across Ireland

Delivery company DPD Ireland have announced plans to create 700 new permanent jobs across Ireland, before the end of the year.

DPD headquarters is in Athlone where a 150 of the positions will be based. The remaining 550 new jobs will be based in 36 of its regional depots spread across Ireland.

The new jobs consist of driver roles and operational personnel.

Speaking at the announcement, DPD Ireland’s chief executive Des Travers said such a high job creation was made possible following a strong year of business, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Our services have played an important role in these unprecedented times, with consumers ordering more online due to coronavirus concerns. The new jobs will increase our workforce to almost 2,000, enabling us to continue to meet customer demand.

The additional roles provide a glimmer of light against the bleak backdrop of the coronavirus crisis, and we hope the expansion of our business will help boost the economy as a whole.

Also present at the announcement was Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar. He had this to say:

The news that 700 permanent jobs are going to be created all over the country between now and the end of the year is a real boost to the economy and a real vote of confidence in the future

And I think it gives people a lot of hope that we can bounce back from this and we can make a full economic recovery in time.

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