March Newsletter 2020
The Institute of Legal Research & Standards
MARCH 2020 – ARTICLES & ITEMS OF INTEREST
THE FULL 2020 CPD REQUIREMENT CAN NOW BE COMPLETED ONLINE
Having regard to COVID-19 and the risk posed by attending group events in person, the Education Committee of the Law Society of Ireland have decided that for the 2020 CPD cycle, the e-learning limit of 50% will be removed and solicitors may now complete their 2020 CPD requirement of 20 hours online.
To read further information on this see https://www.lawsociety.ie/Solicitors/Practising/CPD-Scheme/
FILING REPORTING ACCOUNTANTS REPORT WITHIN THE REQUIRED DEADLINE
The Regulation Department of the Law Society of Ireland appreciates during these unprecedented times that solicitors may face difficulties filing their Reporting Accountants Report within the deadline required.
They state, “Any such solicitors are asked to contact the Society with their proposals for the filing of the report and each will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.”
For more information see http://blackhall.newsweaver.ie/eshot/11d5pem8rv310jrbvac27a
PROTECTING PERSONAL DATA WHEN WORKING REMOTELY
The COVID-19 virus has resulted in more and more employees working from home. It is important that this does not result in any security breaches.
On the 12th March 2020 the Data Protection Commissioner set out some tips to keep personal data safe when working remotely.
A list of safety measures to be taken are set out in respect of the following: –
- Cloud and Network Access;
- Paper Records.
To view these tips see https://www.dataprotection.ie/en/protecting-personal-data-when-working-remotely-0
Law Society President, Michele O’Boyle has addressed the issue of remote working, she requested the Law Society Technology Committee and the Law Society Information Technology section to identify useful technology and practical guidance in relation to remote working.
This is a very useful and informative guidance note for any firms introducing a remote technology system or wishing to update or supplement their existing infrastructure.
To view these guidelines see http://blackhall.newsweaver.ie/eshot/1q548h6d67110jrbvac27a?email=true&a=11&p=56687889
On the 30th March the Law Society also published an article titled “Support scaffolding for managing remote teams” containing guidelines from the Human Resources Department of the Law Society. To view these guidelines see https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/support-for-managing-remote-teams/
CYBER-CRIME AND REMOTE WORKING
O’Leary Insurances have issued a Risk Management Newsletter looking at cyber-crime and also discusses remote working.
It refers to the fact that cyber criminals are using COVID-19 virus as an opportunity to increase their activities. The newsletter sets out several examples of such phishing emails.
It also looks at steps to implement where employees are working remotely: –
- Test remote log-in capabilities.
- Train your employees on how to spot a phishing email.
- Prepare for operational disruption in advance.
- Finally be vigilant.
To view this newsletter in full see https://www.olearyinsurances.ie/contentfiles//PDF/Remote%20working%20-%20Risk%20Management%20Newsletter.pdf
BUINESS UPDATES, GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FROM IBEC
IBEC have a dedicated virus emergency hub for business updates, guidance and support. The guidance documents include “Mental Health and Wellbeing in a time of COVID-19”, “Business Continuity Planning/Coronavirus”, “Working from home and the challenges of care – COVID-19 and several more.
To view the business updates and guidance documents see https://www.ibec.ie/employer-hub/covid-19