Shannon Chamber Launches Human Resources (HR) COVID-19 Information Hub

Shannon Chamber has linked up with one of Ireland’s leading human resource and employment law providers, Adare Human Resource Management, to offer members complimentary access to an online hub where all relevant information required by the human resources function in a company is contained to support organisations during COVID-19.

The HR COVID-19 Hub has been launched in response to demand from human resources practitioners for a comprehensive up to date information portal that contains the vast array of information relating to HR, health and safety, employment law and Government and HSE updates that impact on the people aspect of running a business.

The portal, which can be accessed via log in through and is being offered free of charge to Chamber member companies for the next three months to enable them keep abreast of all that is happening in relation to HR and the return to work protocols as the economy reopens.

Government supports, the journey back to work, updates on the temporary wage subsidy scheme, health and safety considerations, the practicality of getting employees back to work, the Government’s safety protocol, updates from the Workplace Relations Commission, data protection and remote working, effective communications with employees and health and wellbeing while working remotely, are just some of the types of information that companies can access by logging on to the HR COVID-19 Hub. The information is continuously updated with new information emanating from Government and Agencies, and provides an insight into HR and employment law considerations around the impacts on an organisation.

As Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes explains: “Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have kept in continuous contact with our member companies, at both CEO and HR levels. Our aim is to assist them in whatever way possible in keeping their businesses open. This has resulted in a tremendous collaborative spirit among companies, all willing to share information and help each other get through the many challenges COVID-19 has posed.

“The HR considerations have been a huge part of this  and, as has been pointed out to us, continue to pose challenges for companies as some move to becoming fully operational while others are trying to remain open through keeping production on site and shared services working remotely. So many issues such as spacing requirements, restrictive access, staggered shifts, safety protocol, staff morale, childcare, and many more such considerations have to be addressed and new guidelines and response plans put into place by HR departments. While the larger company may be linked to a corporate HR system, the smaller SME is not and may require assistance in getting everything in place. That’s why giving our members access to the HR COVID-19 Hub is so important.

“It will give companies of all sizes and in all sectors access to the types of information they need to overcome these issues. It will point them in the right direction and remove some of the stress of getting everything in place in the correct way and in a timely manner.

“Now that we are moving from a reactive phase to planning for the new landscape we now face, the timing is right to make this information freely available in an easy-to-access format to all members. It is being offered through Adare Human Resource Management’s existing Linea portal, which is a  comprehensive, up to date online resource for HR practitioners that provides the latest information on all aspects of HT, employment law, industrial relations and health and safety. The HR COVID-19 Hub part of this site is available 24/7 from a desktop, laptop, iPad or mobile phone for fast, easy access at all times of the day,” she added.

Commenting on the reaction to the HR COVID-19 Hub, which is being launched nationwide, Adare Human Resource Management’s managing director, Derek McKay stated: “Housed within our online resource Linea, we developed the COVID-19 Hub to support businesses with their HR, people management and health and safety practices. For businesses managing both the pace of change and the impact of Covid-19 has been a significant challenge across all sectors and will continue to be. Through centralising the relevant information, policies, protocols and updates in our COVID Hub we are confident that this will greatly support businesses navigate through some of their future challenges in this area.”