Recent and forthcoming legislation

April 2017

Keep up to date with the latest employment law developments and proposed future changes.

Legislation on paternity leave and benefit came into effect from 1 September 2016. It gives fathers in Ireland, for the very first time, the benefit of two weeks' paid paternity leave.

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A Private Members Bill published in April 2017 is looking to extend unpaid parental leave from 18 weeks to 26 weeks.

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The government is drafting a Bill which will consolidate all existing family leave legislation including maternity, parental, adoptive and carers' leave.

If passed, the Banded Hours Contract Bill 2016 will give workers on banded hours contracts the right to request increased hours which can only be refused on objectively justified grounds. It would also oblige employers to provide information to workers on the overall availability of working hours.

Though this is a Private Members Bill, the current Dail configuration enables such Bills to make progress in the Houses of the Oireachtas. The CIPD has concerns about the possible unintended consequences of the Bill.

The government has published an Order setting the national minimum hourly rate of pay at €9.25 from 1 January 2017.

The Revenue Commissioners have published the Universal Social Charge (Amendment) Regulations 2016 which set out new USC rates and rate bands from 1 January 2017.

The government has published an Order establishing statutory minimum rates of remuneration and conditions of employment for the contract cleaning industry on 27 October 2016.

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The Joint Labour Committee (JLC) for the Security Industry has issued draft proposals for setting the minimum remuneration and working conditions of workers in the industry from 1 April 2017.

The Employment Permit Regulations 2017 consolidate a number of individual Regulations into a one set to make them easier to understand and easier to use. They prescribe specific criteria for the granting and renewal of employment permits including documentation requirements, remuneration levels, registration requirements, and lists of highly skilled and ineligible employments.

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The European Union (Posting of Workers) Regulations 2016 set out a number of new measures to strengthen the enforcement of employment rights for posted workers and ensure that foreign service providers respect labour standards applicable in Ireland. The Regulations came into force on 27 July 2016.

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The government published the long awaited Mediation Bill on 13 February 2017. Although it doesn't explicitly cover employment, it will affect civil claims relating to employment matters and will require lawyers to tell their clients about mediation.