American Chamber policy is formalised by its four working groups addressing public policy and shared best practices in Human Resources; Research, Development & Innovation; Taxation and Employment Law.
Navigate to each group by selecting the links below:
• Human Resources Leadership Group
• Research, Development & Innovation Group
• Taxation Group
• Employment Law Sub-Group
The American Chamber working groups are comprised of experts in the particular areas drawn from the member companies. The groups typically meet several times a year to provide insight in the memberships priorities and inform American Chamber policy. Each group is led by an expert Chair who additionally acts a spokesperson for the American Chamber on their particular topic.
HR Leadership Group
Chair: Dorothy Kelly
The American Chamber's Human Resource working group was established in 2002. The concept behind the group's establishment was to provide a forum for senior HR executives to meet and discuss issues of general interest and importance within member organizations. The group acts as key influencers in areas of concern for member organisations and in particular how they relate to the HR arena.
Working group meetings are held approximately five times per year. A strong theme for that group continues within the newly re constituted HR Working group, includes the preparation of position papers on areas of strategic concern, ie upcoming legislation that may have a significant impact on member organizations. The possibility of mandatory trade union recognition and the consequent threat to the direct engagement model came through as a key priority area of focus as the group looked to develop strategies for the coming year.
In addition the Member to Member (M2M) Best Practice Sharing initiative has been an outstanding success. More Info>>
Research, Development & Innovation Group
The work of the American Chamber Research, Development and Innovation Working Group has extensive research into the competitiveness of the existing investment base among the membership. Together with the other working groups of the Chamber it continues to focus on creating new enterprise. The group provides input to Government on alternative means of incentivising new investments in research or the wider investments in product and service development or in creative new ventures that are designed to bring new value to both the corporate and the country.
These are reflected on the priorities for the groups work programme:
• Review the effectiveness of Ireland's R&I strategy
• Propose strategies for increasing availability of right skills
• Develop IP and Seed Capital proposals
Chair: Anna Scally
The American Chamber's Tax Policy Working Group consists of senior tax experts from major US ICT, life sciences and financial services companies together with professional tax and legal advisors from the leading accounting and law firms.
The group's mandate is to guide the Chamber's response to domestic and international tax issues as they impact on foreign direct investment in Ireland. The group's role is also to assist the Chamber in making representations to Government and policy stakeholders on domestic taxation measures and to proactively work with policy makers in shaping tax policy. The group meets on a regular basis and provides briefings to the board, regional meetings and member forums. It takes an active role with the media in communicating the American Chamber's detailed responses on taxation matters.
Employment Law Sub Group Chair
The comprises of legal experts in the area of employment law. The Purpose and Scope of the Group is to lobby for change at the formulation stage of EU and Irish Law. The group also keeps the Board and the HR Working Group, informed as to any legal that may be of relevance to the American Chamber's members, recommending any appropriate interventions.
Similarly the group keeps the membership informed of changes in law, which may directly affect the way they do business.