A Guide to Your Company Benefits

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Finance Support, Savings & Planning

We can provide you with financial information and guidance on a whole range of issues that are important to you. Through our expert providers, we can provide you with timely and informed guidance around your money worries or queries and suggest areas and government resources where you can get further help.

We can provide you with financial information and guidance on a whole range of issues that are important to you. Through our expert providers, we can provide you with timely and informed guidance around your money worries or queries and suggest areas and government resources where you can get further help.

Irish Qualified Financial Advisors are available to provide consultation on a wide range of legal issues including: 

 

• Household budgeting

• Borrowing / Debt management

• Saving & investing

• Life Assurance

• Exiting the workforce

• Retirement planning

 

The service can be accessed quickly and easily by phone on 1800 911 909, through the   website layaeap.ie, via live chat, or through the specially designed App. Use the access code LAYAEAP to access the App and online portal.

 

Pension

We have a great company pension scheme in place. On joining the Company pension plan managed by Zurich, the Company invests into your future by contributing every month to your pension. Your pension is your long-term savings plan that helps you save for your future. Unlike a regular savings account, money invested in your pension can earn important tax breaks. And when you retire and look for access to your fund, the benefits can be available in a tax efficient way . If you require further information on the Company pension scheme or to get started, contact Brian Wright.

 

Bike to Work

The Bike to Work scheme is a super way of helping you to help the environment and to get fit at the same time. This Government tax incentive scheme enables DMG Media to purchase a bike for you (once every 5 years) and you pay it back through deductions from your salary over the course of a year. The payments are exempt from income tax, PRSI and levy payments, which enables you to maximize your net pay. To get started, get a quote for the bike you would like (accessories can be included) and give the quote to Brian in Finance who will organize payment to the retailer.

 

Tax Saver Travel

Cut the cost of your commute by letting DMG Media Ireland buy your travel pass for you. This Government tax incentive scheme enables DMG Media to purchase your travel pass for you and you pay it back through deductions from your salary. The payments are exempt from income tax, PRSI and levy payments, which enables you to maximize your net pay. For more information the Finance Department.

 

Refer a Friend

Refer a friend for a vacancy we have posted and if they are successful in being selected for the role, as a ‘thank you’ to you for putting us in touch we will give you a ‘one4all voucher’ to the value of €250. Or if you prefer, we will donate that amount to a charity of your choice.

In order to refer a friend you simply need to email Anna Manahan the name and contact number of the person you are referring as well as the vacant position you are referring them for.

 

Supported Study

At DMG Media Ireland, we are committed to ongoing development of skills as well as exploring and learning new things and developing expertise. As well as ongoing learning and development opportunities within DMG, employees with more than 1 years’ service can apply for paid time off to study external qualifications. Approval is dependent on factors including the relevance of the course of study to the employee’s role or career within the Company. Before committing to any courses of study, talk to Anna Manahan about the application process.

 

Life Assurance

Taking care of your next of kin. All employees are automatically covered in the Company’s Life Assurance scheme. From their first day of commencement of employment with the Company, on death in service, employees’ spouses (or other designated person) will receive 4 times the basic annual salary.  It is important you keep this information up to date and using the Expression of Wishes form (available from HR), make any changes to the details of the beneficiaries you have provided the Company with.

 

Legal Support

We can provide you with consultations with Irish Solicitors through our expert providers on a wide

range of legal issues including:

• Family/domestic matters

• Civil matters

• Living Wills

• Housing or real estate matters

• Estate planning

• Car accidents and related matters

• Financial concerns

• Consumer concerns

• Criminal matters

 

The service can be accessed quickly and easily by phone on 1800 911 909, through the website layaeap.ie, via live chat, or through the specially designed App. Use the access code LAYAEAP to access the App and online portal

 

Discounted Dental Treatment

As DMG Media Ireland employees, we have a corporate discount for dental treatment with nearby Smiles Dental on Bath Avenue in Ballsbridge. The discount gives a saving of 10% discount on routine dental treatments at their Ballsbridge practice. You can call them on 01 66 1782 or email bathavenue@smiles.ie for queries or to make an appointment.

 

Eye Care

Eyesight tests are recommended every 2 years for computer users so this is free to you. Also, the company contributes to the cost of your glasses in partnership with Specsavers Corporate Eyecare. DMG will give you a voucher which entitles you to a full eye examination and eyesight test.
If glasses are required for computer use, you can choose specs from the €59 range or use your voucher.

 

Company Maternity Benefit

Employees with at least 12 months service at the date of confinement will receive a top up payment (Company Maternity Benefit) from the Company for the first 12 weeks of their Maternity Leave. The Company tops up the amount (gross) received from the Dept. of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to the normal salary amount. The duration of the Company Maternity Benefit is extended to 16 weeks for employees with at least 3 years’ service at the date of confinement. For benefit during Adoptive Leave please contact Anna Manahan for more details

​It is a condition of the maternity benefit scheme that employees not returning to work following maternity leave, reimburse any top up benefit amount paid to them by the Company during the leave. For more details contact Anna Manahan.

 

Company Paternity Benefit

Employees with at least 12 months service at the date of birth of baby will receive a top up payment (Paternity Benefit) from the Company for 2 weeks. The Company tops up the amount (gross) received from the Dept. of  Employment Affairs and Social Protection to the normal salary amount. For benefit during Adoptive Leave contact Anna Manahan for more details.

 

Parental Leave

Parental Leave is a statutory entitlement, giving each parent of a child born or adopted, an entitlement to 26 weeks unpaid parental leave per child to be taken in the first 12 years after birth. Parents of children with disabilities can take parental leave up to the child’s 16th birthday. For details, contact Anna Manahan.

 
 

Sickness Benefit

DMG Media Ireland pays Company Sickness Benefit to employees when absent due to sickness or injury. This is to support you from loss of salary and benefits and to help you to concentrate on getting better. The payments are as follows

 

Time with Company

 

Sick Pay

During probation period

0

 

After probation  - 2 years

2 weeks’ pay

 

2 years – 5 years

4 weeks’ pay

 

5 years +

8 weeks’ pay

 

Employees who are absent for more than 5 days are required to claim statutory Illness benefit made payable to the Company. This benefit is claimed by obtaining an MC1 form from your doctor and sending it to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

 

Health Insurance

The Company operates a group healthcare Insurance scheme. Employees with 2 year’s length of service can join this scheme. For details on the Company’s Health Insurance scheme or to request an application form to join, contact Anna Manahan.

Environment

Minimising our impact on the environment is important to us. The Company takes seriously its responsibility for ensuring we operate in a way that minimises the use of plastic, for single use we use biodegradable plastic where possible. All of our unsold newspapers are sent for recycling and we promote recycling in all areas of our business. Employees are encouraged to dispose of newspapers, paper and waste packaging in the recycling bins. As well as being mindful not to print off emails and documents unnecessarily and also to remember to switch off lights, PCs and monitors, desk fans, TVs and other electrical items when not in use.

 

Annual Health Event

Our annual health screening event takes place every Autumn/Winter. This is one of the highlights in our annual company events as it provides you with an opportunity to avail of valuable health screening by medical professionals. The services are free to employees and take place here in the office for your convenience.

 
 

Office Fruit

Join us for 1 of your essential 5 a day in the kitchen where we have a selection of fresh fruit straight from the market.

Employee Wellbeing Programme

The wellbeing of all employees is something that is taken very seriously at DMG Media Ireland. All employees of DMG Media Ireland are members of our Employee Wellbeing Programme regardless of length of service, can call the Employee Assistance Helpline on 1800 911 909 for free confidential support, guidance and counselling. The telephone service is available 24/7. The service is also free to employees’ spouses and dependants.

Employees who call the service have access to telephone support for issues such as bereavement, marital issues, debt counselling, relationship problems and work life balance among others. Where problems cannot be resolved satisfactorily by phone, a face-to-face counselling service is also available, at no cost to you.

 
 

Eye Care

Eyesight tests are recommended every 2 years for computer users so this is free to you. Also, the company contributes to the cost of your glasses in partnership with Specsavers Corporate Eyecare. DMG will give you a voucher which entitles you to a full eye examination and eyesight test.
If glasses are required for computer use, you can choose specs from the €59 range or use your voucher.

Mental Health First Aid

At DMG Media Ireland we have employees training up to become Mental Health First Aiders. Once qualified, in their roles they will be able to:

 

•  Identify when someone is in a mental health difficulty

•  Support that person & help on a first aid basis.

•  Effectively direct others towards appropriate support or services.

 

Our Mental Health First Aiders details will be added to this page in the coming months.  If you would like to become trained as a Mental Health First Aider or to find out more, contact Anna Manahan

 

Annual Flu Vaccines

The best way to help protect yourself and others from catching and spreading the flu is to get the flu vaccination. Each year, we organise flu vaccines for DMG Media employees and their partners, at our office or at a local provider, this service is a simple and convenient way of staying healthy during the Winter months and vaccines are paid for by the company.

 

Ergonomics

Are you sitting comfortably? Ergonomic assessments are available to ensure you have the right equipment and your workstation and equipment is positioned in a way that enables you to work comfortably and effectively. To request an ergonomics workstation assessment get in touch with Anna Manahan or Stuart Sheridan.

 

Discounted Dental Treatment

As DMG Media Ireland employees, we have a corporate discount for dental treatment with nearby Smiles Dental on Bath Avenue in Ballsbridge. The discount gives a saving of 10% discount on routine dental treatments at their Ballsbridge practice. You can call them on 01 66 1782 or email bathavenue@smiles.ie for queries or to make an appointment.

 

Legal Support

We can provide you with consultations with Irish Solicitors through our expert providers on a wide

range of legal issues including:

• Family/domestic matters

• Civil matters

• Living Wills

• Housing or real estate matters

• Estate planning

• Car accidents and related matters

• Financial concerns

• Consumer concerns

• Criminal matters

 

The service can be accessed quickly and easily by phone on 1800 911 909, through the website layaeap.ie, via live chat, or through the specially designed App. Use the access code LAYAEAP to access the App and online portal

 
 

Holidays/ Annual leave

At DMG Media Ireland, we work hard. Holidays and time off work is important to us which is why we get 25 days holidays each year, that’s an extra week on top of the statutory 4 weeks entitlement. To apply for leave, you can book the days off using Workday.

Working From Home

We have looked to design a better way of working for the future. Better for your work/life balance and efficient and effective for our company. Good for the environment too. We operate a dual location work scheme of office and home based work, working 3 days office 2 days home one week and the reverse the following week. Obviously flexibility is key to enabling this to work so employees may need to change planned days depending on the needs of the team and their department.

 
 

Force Majeure Leave

Family emergencies happen and force majeure leave enables employees to deal with these emergencies resulting from injury or illness of a family member. The leave provides employees with paid days off to take care of your family member. For details contact Anna Manahan.

 

Parents Leave

Parents Leave is a statutory entitlement. Since 1 November 2019, each parent is entitled to 2 week’s leave during the first year of a child’s life. Or in the case of adoption, within one year of placement of the child with the family. You may also qualify for a payment called Parent’s Benefit during Parent’s Leave, dubject to certain PRSI contributions.

 

Social

Join your colleagues in having some fun with the great events organized by our dedicated Social Club team. Events include cocktail lessons, murder mystery and more.. Check your inbox for regular emails from our super Social Club organisers on upcoming events.

 

Company Events and Get Togethers

From Christmas parties to Summer BBQs, there are lots of events we organise for ourselves so we can catch up and enjoy some time with colleagues and friends away from work. We also host events for clients throughout the year. Keep an eye to the What's On page on the Lounge.ie (displayed in the kitchen) as well as emails and posters displaying details for the latest events.

 

Birthdays

We love Birthdays at DMG. Let your manager know when it’s your birthday and if you would like us to supply a Birthday cake to share with your colleagues to celebrate your special day!

 

Freebies and Treats

We all enjoy the arrival of doughnuts, crisps, ice creams and other tasty treats to sample. It’s one of the perks of working in Media. Usually an email will be sent out so we know what’s being promoted and the products are left in the kitchen for everyone to enjoy. Receiving entertainment & gifts falls into a different category and there are a number of principles and requirements regarding how entertainment and gifts are handled across our business, to ensure that these do not compromise our decisions or impact editorial integrity.  Details of the Entertainment & Gifts policy are on the Lounge.ie

 

Charity

At DMG Media we support a host of great charities and causes. Our Charity Partners, Plan International, works with vulnerable children and especially girls so that they can learn, lead, decide and thrive.  Their ambition is to transform the lives of 100 million girls through child sponsorship and grassroots community work.  More information here https://www.plan.ie/

We also support a range of other charities important to DMG employees, taking place throughout the year we host lots of employee charity events too. Bakes sales, pancakes and coffee mornings are really popular and we have these for lots of charities, including Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital and the Irish Cancer Society. Each Christmas we donate Christmas presents for St. Vincent de Paul. Have you a favourite charity that you’d like to promote or organise a sale or raffle for? Let us know if we can help.