Frequently Asked Questions


1. Will my insurance increase?

NO – As long as the person is trained for the tasks they need to do and are capable of understanding the task.

We can arrange for the person to get a doctor’s cert.

The Irish Insurance Federation confirmed that an employer’s liability insurance does not increase when the employer takes on an employee with a disability.  They have confirmed that an employer’s insurance quote is updated every 12 months, and with regards to staff it is based on the number of staff an employer has.  It has nothing to do with whether or not their new staff member has a disability.  An employer’s insurance would never be loaded for taking on a person with a disability.

 They have advised that the employer is required to cover all the appropriate training under Health & Safety for all staff.

 They have advised that Employer’s Liability Insurance is only to do with staff and Public Liability Insurance is only to do with customers. ( Most recent information 13th June 2008)

2. Staff have reservations about taking on a PWD.

The Disability Awareness Training  Support Scheme ( available through FAS) assists with the integration of PWD into the workplace. It helps to eliminate mistaken perceptions about PWD and raise awareness of their ability to be productive employees. Partial funding available to all companies in private sector.

We would suggest work trial or working interview to introduce the idea to other employees.

3. What about health and safety risks?

CSES will carry out a full job analysis of the workplace. We will look at the health and safety risks associated to the job. This will help us to match the candidate to the job and to raise employees awareness of health and safety issues related to that job.

A safe and healthy workplace is a requirement for all employees and customers. Many organisations have found that any minor adaptations that have been made for staff with disabilities, benefits all staff and customers.

4. What will I get out of it?

There are benefits for the employer.

  • A professional service with no recruitment fee
  • Effective solutions to your staffing needs
  • Projects a positive image of your company as an equal opportunities employer.
  • Shown to improve staff morale, commitment and enhances teamwork – which in turn increases productivity.
  • Reflects the community in which you operate, in turn can be good for business.

5. Does the person have to be paid the minimum wage?

Yes, except in the following circumstances.

6. Exceptions to those entitled to receive the national minimum wage

There are some exceptions to those entitled to receive the national minimum wage. The legislation does not apply to a person employed by a close relative (for example, a spouse or parent) nor does it apply to those in statutory apprenticeships. Also some employees such as young people under 18 and trainees are only guaranteed a reduced or sub-minimum rate of the national minimum wage.

7. Sub-minimum rates from 1 July 2007

The National Minimum Wage Act provides the following sub-minimum rates:

  • An employee who is under 18 is entitled to €6.06 per hour (this is 70% of the minimum wage)
  • An employee who is in the first year of employment since the age of 18 is entitled to €6.92 per hour (80% of minimum wage)
  • An employee who is in the second year of employment since the date of first employment over the age of 18 is entitled to €7.79 per hour (90% of the minimum wage)

This phasing in of the National Minimum Wage also applies to employees who are over 18 and enter employment for the first time.

8. Trainees

The National Minimum Wage Act also provides sub-minimum rates which apply to employees who are over 18 and undergoing a course of structured training or directed study that is authorised or approved of by the employer. The trainee rates provided by the Act are as follows:

  • First one-third of training course €6.49 per hour (75% of national minimum wage rate)
  • Second one-third of training course €6.92 per hour (80% of national minimum wage rate)
  • Final one third of the training course €7.79 per hour (90% of national minimum wage rate)