Monthly Archives: April 2023

Employment Law Updates & Work Life Balance Act

Osborne Talent Series Webinar

Employment Law Updates and The Work Life Balance & Miscellaneous Provisions Act – Are You Ready?

Complimentary Webinar

Date:                 Thursday 25th May
Time:                 09:30am – 11:00am
Location:          Zoom Webinar – Link HERE
Hosted By:       Marsha O’Sullivan, Director of Client Services, Osborne
David Walsh, Director of Commercial Development, Osborne
Presented by:  Sarah Fagan, Managing Director, Adare HRM.
We are delighted to invite you to attend the latest in our 2023 Osborne Talent Series Webinars in association with Adare HRM.

This webinar is COMPLIMENTARY but registration is essential. Register here.*

The Work Life Balance Act – Are You Ready?
The pace of change and complexity across the Employment Law, Industrial Relations and HR Management spectrum is not slowing down. The opportunity to keep abreast of change and plan for the future is happening through our upcoming webinar.

2022 brought a slew of updates such as Statutory Sick Pay, Minimum Wage, Gender Pay Gap Reporting, Workplace Harassment, Whistleblowing, Tips and Gratuities, and Bank Holidays entitlements.

This trend continues in 2023, with changes around Probationary periods, Work Patterns, Flexible and Remote working and Leave entitlements. Stay in the know and join leading senior HR, IR and Employment Law specialists as they discuss the most recent updates on the long-awaited Work Life Balance Act where Adare HRM Consultants will explore in detail the practical considerations for businesses, answering key questions and providing guidance for Employers on what they need to do to remain complaint.

Topics To Be Discussed:

The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act has been passed both Houses of the Oireachtas and has been signed into law by the President. The Act introduces several new Employee rights including:

  • Domestic violence leave
  • Leave for medical care purposes
  • Right to request flexible working for parents and carers
  • Right to request remote working for all employees
  • Extended breastfeeding break entitlements

The Act also sees amendments to the Maternity Protection Acts, Adoption Act, Family Leave and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2021, the Workplace Relations Act 2015 and many more.

Who should attend?
Business Leaders, Senior Managers, Business Owners, HR Professionals and those tasked with the responsibility for managing change within their organisation.


Marsha O’Sullivan, Director of Client Services | Osborne
Marsha is Osborne’s Director of Client Services. She works closely with our clients, understanding any additional supports they may need, deepening our partnerships and championing our service delivery.  Marsha is a highly experienced and accomplished customer-focused professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the recruitment industry with clients such as Deloitte, Dell, Enterprise Rent A Car, and more.  Having worked in delivering innovative candidate attraction solutions for clients of all sizes throughout her career both locally and internationally, she builds strong relationships with key stakeholders. Marsha has a keen focus on customer feedback and continual improvement and ensures our SLAs are adhered to and that we are continually delivering tailored solutions and driving excellent client service delivery.

David Walsh, Director of Commercial Development | Osborne
David Walsh is a highly experienced international recruitment professional with a proven track record of solving skills shortages for companies in Ireland and internationally. From partnering with government bodies and multinationals to working with indigenous SME’s, David is an adaptable and innovative recruitment professional who has tailored bespoke solutions for all levels of assignment to solve their specialist recruitment needs. David has in excess of 22 years’ experience working within the recruitment industry and holds a BBS Hons in Marketing and French and a Diploma in Sales and International Selling.

Sarah Fagan, Managing Director | Adare HRM
Sarah’s role as Managing Director involves overseeing the strategic direction of the business and the HR and Employment Law support services provided to clients across a wide range of sectors by the experienced team of consultants within Adare Human Resource Management. Prior to taking on the role of Managing Director in January 2022, Sarah’s role as Consulting Practice Manager was to support Adare Human Resource Management clients in the delivery of agreed strategic Employee Relations, Industrial Relations and Human Resources consulting projects and oversee the consultancy services provided to clients.

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Upcoming Osborne Events:
Osborne Talent Series Webinar with Leading Economist; Jim Power. | Wednesday, 10th May 2023 9.30am-11am. | Register here:

Osborne Talent Series Webinar with Jim Power

Complimentary Webinar

Date: Wednesday 10th May 2023
Time: 9.30am – 11am
Location: Zoom Webinar
Hosted By: Shona McManus, CEO & Owner of Osborne
Presenters: Jim Power, Ireland’s leading and best-known economic analysts

This webinar is COMPLIMENTARY, but registration is essential.
Register here:

We are delighted to present the next instalment of our Osborne Talent Series Webinar for 2023 in association with one if Ireland’s best known Economists Jim Power. Jim will be giving an insightful and detailed discussion centred on:

• Update on the Global Economic Outlook
• Implications of the global economy on FDI & investment rates
• Health check on the Irish Economy today
• The outlook for the Irish Economy and the implications for business planning over the:
> Short term – next 12 months
> Medium term – next 5 years
• Challenges & Opportunities for businesses
• Focus on the labour market and factors currently impacting it
• Analysis of the current housing market and the implications for business growth

Who should attend:
Business Leaders, Senior Managers, Business owners and those tasked with the responsibility for managing change within their organisation.

Jim Power, BA, M.ECON.SC
Jim Power is one of Ireland’s leading and best-known economic analysts. Jim has a wealth of experience in delivering insightful economic analysis, forecasts and commentary to both Irish and international audiences. Jim has worked as an economist in the private sector for over 35 years and is owner manager of Jim Power Economics, an economic and financial consultancy, which he set up in 2009.
He was previously Treasury Economist at AIB (1987-1991), Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group (1992-2000) and Chief Economist Friends First Group (2000 to 2018). He is a board director of Love Irish Food. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland. He successfully completed the Institute of Directors Diploma examinations in Company Direction in 2022 and is now busily looking for board positions!!!!. He writes regularly for national newspapers and is a regular contributor to radio and TV debates and discussions, and podcasts such as The Stand and Win Happy.
In February 2021, Jim and Chris Johns launched their own Podcast ‘The Other Hand’, which is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcasts hosts.

He lives in Dublin and is a native of Waterford. He comes from a farming background.

Shóna McManus, MBA Owner & CEO, Osborne
Qualified to MBA, Shóna McManus is a highly accomplished, respected and recognised global recruitment business leader who has been listed for the Staffing Industry Analysts Global Top 100 Women in Recruitment and the Top 100 Staffing Professionals in Europe for the last six consecutive years. Since taking the reins of Osborne in April 2013, Shóna’s innovative, authentic and purposeful leadership has resulted in the growth and transformation of Osborne into the multi-award-winning international recruitment firm we know today. Under her guidance, the organisation has increased its footprint, turnover, profits and headcount tenfold over the past nine years, adding numerous awards to its repertoire whilst leading the organisation to successfully help thousands of job seekers and employers in the recruitment process to ‘find the right person, for the right job, no compromise’. Shóna was previously Vice-President of the ERF, President of Drogheda & District Chamber and currently serves on a number of Boards as Board Director such as Drogheda Port and is involved in Regional, National and Government committees and strategic work groups and projects, for example, Shóna is a Co-Chair for The Mill Enterprise Centre in Drogheda.

Don’t miss out, click here to register for this COMPLIMENTARY webinar.

* Upon registration, participant details will be issued to both Osborne and Jim Power.

Upcoming Osborne Events
25th May 2023 9.30am-11am Planning for Compliance, Preparing for Change – The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act in association with Adare HRM. Register here.

Osborne Gala Anniversary Celebrations


Friday 31st of March will be a night to remember across Osborne for a long time to come as we celebrated 10 phenomenal years since Osborne CEO Shona McManus took over the company. Our Gala Black Tie dinner was held in the magnificent Round Room at the Mansion House and all we can say is WOW – what a night! From mind-hacking to glow sticks and a limbo dance off, the night had it all!

From the bottom of our hearts thank you to all of our amazing clients for joining us on what was such a memorable and special evening. To the staff at the Round Room at the Mansion House, thank you for the superb food, outstanding venue and for looking after us so well. To the incredible Keith Barry and supergroup Springbreak who entertained everyone into the wee hours of the morning, thank you – we were truly blown away by your talent!

As a team we are so proud of everything that has been achieved over the past 10 years since Osborne CEO Shona McManus took over the company in 2013. From growing the Osborne team from a small but mighty group of 6 to an enormous team of 90 + Osbornites, recruiting across 5 continents and 15 countries from our 10 office locations in Ireland and Toronto, Canada. It’s been a phenomenal 10 years.

Speaking at the event Osborne CEO & Owner Shona McManus said

“I am incredibly proud of what we collectively do in Osborne as an expert Recruitment team. Recruitment Excellence is at the heart of everything we do as Osbornites. We’re led by a deep sense of purpose for changing the lives of the people that we serve and work with and I couldn’t be prouder of our team and all that we have achieved together”

We also officially launched our Osborne rebrand, new look website and our #ChangingLives campaign and purpose video, something we cannot wait to share with the world – Watch this space for the big reveal on April 17th!

Outplacement & Redundancy Support Services Case Study – Event Management/Media Firm

The Background:

Due to an internal restructure within an Event Management/Media Firm, 12 individuals faced redundancy. This group were a mixture of senior managers and support staff. They reached out to Osborne for assistance with the affected individuals who were facing redundancy.

The Actions:

The package offered by Osborne based on the company’s decision were 3 Group Workshop sessions which were then followed up with up to 3 individual 1:1 consultations. We felt this was the best approach as it allowed us to cover the more general support topics in the group workshops while allowing a deeper dive into the individuals during their 1:1 consultations.

The 3 Group Workshops had covered the following:

  • Workshop 1 – Introduction to Osborne & the Outplacement Programme and CV Tips & Advice
  • Workshop 2 – Tips & Advice on Job Searching and creating/updating their LinkedIn profile
  • Workshop 3 – Tips on how to prepare for an Interview

After this, the Individual Consultations covered specific topics that enabled the individuals to go on a deeper journey of their career and their plans for the future:

  • CV Review
  • Interview Preparation/Coaching
  • Introduction to Relevant Specialist Recruitment Consultant
  • Supported through the Transition of leaving the firm
  • Networking Skills
  • Complimentary PC skills testing
  • Topics as required for the individual


The Results:

Following the programme, 8 individuals were equipped for their next steps. 2 individuals opted for the workshop and not the individual consultations while 2 individuals did not engage with the process.

  • 12.5% of Attendees found Another Job in the industry within 2 months
  • 12.5% of Attendees following the 1:1 Consultation found their Dream Job
  • 25% of Attendees changed their Career Paths
  • 12.5% of Attendees decided to take the time to work on their Own Special Project
  • 37.5% of Attendees decided to take a Career Break following the programme


Bespoke 1:1 Consultation Services

The Background:
A Further Education organisation based in the Leinster/Greater Dublin area, 14 roles across the company were made redundant due to a restructuring project and market conditions at the time. The individuals affected by this restructure were a mix of levels of experience and seniority. This organisation reached out to Osborne following previous successful projects in order to provide support on a personal, 1:1 level.

The Actions:

Osborne offered up to five 1:1 consultations to each individual. No group workshops took place due to the various experience levels. It was more appropriate that each person was spoken to on an individual basis to get an understanding of their mindset and how they see their career going forward. Each individual was at a different stage in their career across various departments ranging from Sales to Marketing to IT and more.

Each session was completely bespoke and personalised to the individuals needs. This allowed the freedom for each person to take the programme at their own pace.

The key topics and supports in the sessions covered:

  • CV Assessment
  • Identification of Skill Gaps
  • Job Search Techniques
  • Interview Preparation
  • Counselling/Psychotherapy
  • Financial Advice
  • Networking Skills & Advice
  • Psychometric Testing

At all times throughout the programme, there was a Dedicated Coach available that the affected individuals could speak to at any stage should they have any further questions or queries.

The Results:

All 14 individuals following the programme were equipped and ready for the next stage of their careers and their lives.

  • 57% of Attendees were Employed within 6 months of the programme.
  • 14% of Attendees decided to take a Career Break following the programme.
  • 7% of Attendees took a New Path in their career.
  • 7% of Attendees were placed by Osborne in a new role.
  • 7% of Attendees became Self-Employed.
  • 7% of Attendees returned to the company on a Contract Basis.

Feedback from an Attendee:
“I faced a redundancy due to the negative impact of COVID-19 and it had severely affected my self confidence but Osborne’s Outplacement Service helped me a lot to gain back my confidence. The multiple supports offered by them like 1-2-1 career coaching sessions, CV assessment, interview preparation, psychometric profiling and webinars and many more helped me gain more clarity on my career goals and aided my job search process. The staff is really professional and friendly at the same time. Through this excellent support, I was able to land a fantastic job within a few weeks. I would highly recommend Osborne’s Outplacement Service.”